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Washington County residents are asked to provide input on the county's draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The full draft plan, individual chapters, brief informational videos, and an online survey are all available on the county's website. The online survey is open through Sept. 30. The comprehensive plan is a guiding document that shapes how the county will grow and change over the next 20 years. The document addresses the topics of: • land use • transportation • water resources • parks, trails, and open space • housing
A Colorado meat distributor is recalling more than 130,000 pounds of ground chuck that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release Sept. 19. The ground beef was packaged June 21, 2018 and shipped to retail locations nationwide. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service urges people who may have purchased the ground beef and stored it in a freezer to throw it out.
South Washington Watershed appointments City Council appointed Jack Lavold to the South Washington Watershed Board of Managers at the Sept. 5 meeting. Council members Steve Dennis and Dave Thiede will serve as alternates. Lavold served on the board for many years before briefly leaving his post to act as Washington County commissioner between the resignation of Karla Bigham in order to take her seat in the state Senate and this November's election would take place.
Severe weather is expected to blow through the region tonight and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
A one-hour organ concert featuring Jim Hockin will be held 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury. The concert will feature music by Mozart, Clérambault, Bach, Haydn, Gigout and others. It is free and open to all. Submitted photo
Explore the Washington County Parks trail system with guided fitness hikes. The next hike is 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The one-hour hikes involve a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way. Trails are a mix of turf, gravel, grass, snow and pavement depending on trail conditions, time of year and location. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. If light rain, hike will go on as scheduled. The program is for those ages 13 and older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Five members of Artists of Woodbury will be participating in the St. Paul Art Crawl the weekend of Oct. 12-14. Hours will be 6 to 10 p.m. that Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Artists participating are Estella Yeung, Joan Miller, Emily Arksey, Becky Amble and Greg Kraft. Yeung and Miller will have exhibits at The Union Depot, Amble and Arksey will be at Creators Space, and Kraft will be at Schmidt Artist Lofts.
Riders and motorists should exercise extreme caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the road for the Fall Flood Run. As many as 30,000 riders will be traveling between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Red Cross, Sport Clips team up for childhood cancer awareness During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. Those who come out to give blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips via email. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2018, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
East Ridge High School volleyball youth night is Thursday, Sept. 20. The varsity match vs. Roseville begins at 7 p.m. All elementary and middle school volleyball players in their East Ridge shirts or jerseys get into the game free. The first 100 children also will receive a gift bag with spirit beads, pom poms, water bottle and snack. There will be a youth raffle drawing for prizes.