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Although he dropped out of the race weeks ago, one Washington County Board candidate has won enough votes in the Minnesota state primary to advance to the November general election. In what has been a historic primary across the state for its unusually high turnout, Stan Karwoski and Julie Ohs in Washington County's District 2 and Wayne Johnson and Jeff Swenson — who has said he resigned from the race citing time commitment concerns — in District 4 have beat out other county commissioner candidates to appear on the ballot this November.
Ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, RiverTown Multimedia spoke by phone with each of the three candidates running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat. Joe Delaney and Julie Ohs are challenging incumbent Stan Karwoski for the seat, which covers portions of Woodbury, White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi, as well as the entireties of Oakdale, Landfall, Pine Springs, Birchwood and Willernie. Answers have been lightly edited for length.
Ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, RiverTown Multimedia spoke by phone with each of the four candidates running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat. District 4 includes Cottage Grove, Denmark Township, Grey Cloud Island Township, Newport, St. Paul Park and portions of Woodbury and Hastings. Jeff Swenson has left the race, citing time commitments he said he thinks would interfere with his ability to best serve the board. Answers have been lightly edited for length.
Seated around a stretch of picnic tables spanning over 160 feet, more than 350 people shared potato salad and stories at Hudson's Lakefront Park Sunday.
Washington County Board approved an application for the cross-country ski grants-in-aid program from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The grant application requests funding for maintaining trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Pine Point Regional Park and the Big Marine Park Reserve. The county is eligible for $21,428 in reimbursement based on trail usage.
County Board unanimously approved increasing the wheelage tax, which is charged when drivers renew their license plate tabs, from $10 to $20 per vehicle, effective January 2019. The increased tax, which does not apply to motorcycles, mopeds, trailers and non-motorized campers, will fully fund the county's pavement preservation program, said Wayne Sandberg, deputy public works director and county engineer.
County Board approved a $175,683.80 contract with HR Green, which previously did the design services for Olinda Boulevard North and Osgood Avenue North in Baytown, that includes redesign engineering services that were not included in the original 2015 contract. Public Works Director Don Theisen explained this will improve the safety of the intersection, which needed a redesign after a nearby large housing development proposal. In other news:
In an effort to alleviate slow processing times stemming from a malfunctioning state computer system, Washington County Board has approved allocating $178,000 from the emergency fund to add several new staff members at licensing centers.
WOODBURY — Woodbury is one step closer to having its own brewery. Co-owners Steve and Deb Long celebrated the groundbreaking of their 3rd Act Craft Brewery at 4120 Radio Drive near Jerry's Grocery Store on April 24. A crowd of roughly 30 attendees, including friends, contractors, architects, city staff and Mayor Mary Stephens, gathered for speeches and a ceremonious first dig. The brewery is expected to open mid-October, Deb Long said.