A new 12,300-square-foot HealthPartners family medicine clinic opens Monday in Hugo. Primary care doctors and a chiropractor will staff the clinic, which also will have night and weekend urgent care.

The clinic, located at 14701 Victor Hugo Blvd. N., also will be the new home of Northeast Pediatric Clinic, which moved from Vadnais Heights and is affiliated with Children's of Minnesota. Northeast Pediatrics and HealthPartners will share space and clinical support services, including an on-site lab and X-ray.

The Hugo Clinic will also have extended hours for pediatrics and will be the first urgent care facility in the city. Currently, the nearest urgent care is more than 10 miles away in Wyoming, Minn. The Hugo Clinic also will offer walk-in camp and sports physicals.

Like all HealthPartners clinics, the Hugo Clinic will accept most kinds of insurance.

Northeast Pediatrics will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

HealthPartners will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with urgent care available Monday-Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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County to show plans for Stagecoach Trail work

A public open house to see plans for improvements to Stagecoach Trail (County Road 21), 56th Street (County Road 28), and Pickett Avenue in Oak Park Heights and Bayport will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Oak Park Heights City Hall.

Washington County is coordinating the project with the cities of Bayport and Oak Park Heights, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation's work on a new St. Croix River bridge. The public can comment on the proposed improvements. Project representatives will be available to respond to questions. Oak Park Heights City Hall is at 14168 Oak Park Blvd. N.

For more information about the project, see www.co.washington.mn.us/pickettave or contact Jane Krebsbach, Washington County project manager, at 651-430-4330.

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Woodbury, Cottage Grove road work now in full swing

Washington County has begun reconstructing Woodbury Drive (County Road 19) between Park Crossing and a quarter-mile south of Bailey Road, in Woodbury.

The project is intended to improve safety and mobility on County Road 19 and includes widening the road to four lanes, installing a raised median, constructing two roundabouts and installing paved trails on each side of the road.

Woodbury Drive is closed from Park Crossing to south of Lake Road. The road will remain closed to through traffic until the completion of the Phase 1 construction at the end of July.

In Cottage Grove, construction has begun on the realignment of County Roads 19, 20 and 22. This project is a safety and mobility project that will realign Military Road (County Road 20) and reconstruct sections of Keats Avenue S. (County Road 19) and 70th Street S. (County Road 22). It will consolidate two closely spaced intersections with a new roundabout. Valley Paving, the prime contractor for this project, has begun work.

For more information, see the project websites, www.co.washington.mn.us/woodburydrive and www.co.washington.mn.us/19-20-22, or contact Mindy Leadholm, communications coordinator, at 651-430-4361 or 651-470-7754.

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Grammy winners to perform at Explore Your Parks Day

All Washington County parks are free to the public on Saturday, June 1, for Explore Your Parks Day.

– A Mississippi River Adventure Album."

Lifeguards will lead a 5K/1K fun run/walk with free registration from 9-9:45 a.m. The 1K kids run will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. from the beach building.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., activities will include free rock climbing, Zumba on the beach, kayak demonstrations, outdoor yoga, Franconia spin art, camp scavenger hunt, s'mores, Nordic walking, Munzee and more for all ages.


Cosmetology student elected to state office

Woodbury resident Allison Harder, a cosmetology student at Century College, has been elected to a state office in SkillsUSA, a workforce development organization. She is president of the Century chapter of SkillsUSA.

Cosmetology students at the college won seven medals at the annual SkillsUSA state competition recently. Three students will advance to the national competition in Kansas City in June.

Century students won gold, silver and bronze medals in the hair competition, gold and silver medals in the nail competition and gold and silver medals in the skin competition. A student also received honorable mention in product demonstration.

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X's on roads will be used for aerial photography

Several large white "X's" appearing on Washington County roadways last week will serve as "targets" for a new set of aerial photos for the county's geographic information system (GIS) maps.

The county contracts with a company to take photos from the sky every few years; the last set of photos was taken in 2009, said County Surveyor Michael Welling.

Maps are used by assessors, engineers and the county sheriff's and attorney's offices, among other county offices. In addition, private individuals, such as developers, real estate agents, planners and surveyors, can pay to get access to the maps, Welling said.

The photos are more accurate than the ones available on popular websites, Welling said, and part of that has to do with the X's. They are "targets" placed at known survey points, which can be seen on the aerial photos and are used to adjust the photography and create more accurate maps.

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Vintage Base Ball season begins Sunday at Pettit Park

The St. Croix Base Ball Club, which plays by the rules of 1860 and is a program of the Washington County Historical Society, will begin its season in Lake St. Croix Beach at Pettit Park against the Afton Red Socks on Sunday, May 19.

This match begins the vintage program's 16th season. It will start at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

The club has played all over Washington County, statewide and has even traveled as far as Ohio, Colorado and Washington, D.C. This year the club will play in Stillwater, Scandia, Rochester, Becker, Northfield and at the Washington County Fair. The club will also play at the Barron County Historical Society in Cameron, Wis., and at Osceola, Wis.

Players do not wear gloves and the rules are a bit different. If the ball is caught on the first bounce, the batter is out. The umpire doesn't call balls or strikes, although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times.

To see a schedule of matches and other programs of the Washington County Historical Society, go to www.wchsmn.org or call 651-439-5956 for more information.

Kevin Giles