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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Washington County residents continue to give high rating to quality of life in county survey

More than 95 percent of respondents in a county-wide survey rated the quality of life in Washington County as excellent or good, continuing the trend of residents giving their home county high ratings.
The results of the survey, conducted by mail in Febr...Read on...

Read the full survey results
Posted on: May 27, 2016

County offices will be closed for Memorial Day, May 30

Washington County offices will be closed for Memorial Day, May 30. Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 31.

Posted on: May 27, 2016

County continues household hazardous waste collections, next one in Forest Lake June 4

Washington County will conduct a number of household hazardous waste collections in communities during 2016.
The next event planned for spring will be at Forest Lake Transit Center, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 19955 Forest Road N.; enter at Headwa...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Outdoor yoga opens for summer season at Lake Elmo Park Reserve June 2

Tune into the sights and sounds of nature and release stress through guided yoga sequences designed to improve balance, flexibility, breath awareness and muscle tone 6-7 p.m. Thursdays June 2 through Aug. 18 at the South Picnic Shelter at the Lake Elmo Pa...Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Road closures anticipated after May 30 on Beach Road/Paris Avenue North

Drivers using Beach Road and Paris Avenue North (County State Aid Highway 23) in Oak Park Heights may anticipate road closures after May 30.
That’s when the roadway closes to through traffic and the detour begins. It is anticipated that work will be most...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2016

Work begins on Manning Avenue/10th Street road construction project

The first phase of the Manning Avenue (County Highway 15) Corridor Management and Safety Improvement Project began in early May.
The west leg of 10th Street is closed, and drivers need to use the signed detour route. North and southbound Manning Avenue t...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Washington County seeking election judges for primary, general election

During the 2016 primary and general elections, approximately 2,000 election judges will be needed to staff polling locations throughout Washington County.
Election judges and election judge trainees are the officials who staff the polling location and en...Read on...

Posted on: January 20, 2016

Guided fitness hikes underway in county parks, including on Free Tuesdays, next one June 2

Hike on! A rotating schedule of guided fitness hikes throughout the Washington County Parks trail system continues Thursday, June 2, at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve-Nordic Center. Also see the schedule for Free Tuesday hikes.
Participants may take part in ...Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2016

Public invited to Prohibition exhibit grand opening at Historic Courthouse June 4

Join the debate between the wets and drys, bootleggers and lawmen, and learn how the residents of the St. Croix Valley survived the great dry spell of America’s “Noble Experiment” at the grand opening of “The Thirst for Giggle Water” 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday,...Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Explore Your Parks Day: Washington County Parks host free programs June 4

The Washington County Commissioners invite the public to Explore Your Parks Saturday, June 4.
Bike, hike, fish, run, swim, read, view wildlife, visit playgrounds and do much more. The vehicle fee is waived this day in all Washington County Parks. Free ou...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Public asked to comment on Workforce Center plan

The Workforce Development Board of Washington County has developed a local two-year plan for implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
This local plan will be attached to a single regional plan which covers the Twin C...Read on...

Read the draft of the plan
Posted on: May 6, 2016

County reentry program works to boost success for inmates returning to community

A notice about RAP in the county jail.

Most inmates in the Washington County Jail will return to the community after completing their sentences. These offenders, once released from incarceration, often have significant unmet medical, housing or employment needs that contribute to ongoing perso...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Vendors sought for Washington County’s Victorian Christmas at the Courthouse

Washington County invites vendors to apply for the 24th Victorian Christmas at the Historic Courthouse event Nov.18-20.
This event is a fundraiser for the Historic Courthouse restoration fund and kicks off Stillwater’s “Hometown for the Holidays” Victori...Read on...

Posted on: January 12, 2016

Guided morning bird hikes in Washington County parks May 28 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park

A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout the Washington County Parks system with a hike May 28 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.
Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by com...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Controlled prairie burns planned in Washington County Parks in April through May

Washington County Parks is planning to conduct controlled prairie burns in April and May at Big Marine Park Reserve, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, and Square Lake Park.
The controlled burns help preserve prairies and woodla...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Vendors sought for Washington County Parks Bluegrass Festival

Washington County Parks is accepting applications from vendors for the 15th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival, which will be 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the South Picnic Pavilion in Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
This is a free, outdoor mu...Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2016

'Make a Splash' at WaterFest 2016 June 4 at Lake Phalen Park

“Make a Splash” at WaterFest 2016 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Lake Phalen Park This free, family festival celebrating clean lakes with an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation.
S...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Washington County reports 3 top salaries

According to state statute, counties with more than 15,000 must post the three highest salaries of employees. In Washington County, they are:
County Administrator $165,334
Community Services Director $163,744.88
Deputy County Administrator $156,752,54


County Attorney Press Releases

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Owner of Smokedale Tobacco Store Charged With Multiple Drug Counts

County Attorney Pete Orput today announced the filing of felony drug charges against Hatem Amin Younis, age 44, of Afton. Younis is the owner of Smokedale Tobacco in Oakdale, MN. He was charged with three (3) felony counts of sale and possession of hall...Read on...


Library

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Nursery Rhyme Olympics at Valley Library June 8

Join us from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at Valley Library for Nursery Rhyme Olympics. Nursery rhymes come to life with "Olympic-style games" like Jack Be Nimble Hurdles, the Jack and Jill Pail Toss and the Humpty Dumpty Puzzle Challenge. Come an...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Wildwood Library hosts session titled “Rights and Responsibilities for Unmarried Fathers” June 8

Join us from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at Wildwood Library for a session on rights and responsibilities for unmarried fathers. Every child has a biological father, but not every child has a "legal" father. Under Minnesota law, if a child's m...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Oakdale Library presents Listen at the Library: Tomato Tomato June 9

Join us from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Oakdale Library to listen to the musical stylings of Tomato Tomato, a duo that plays contemporary and classic covers. If it's nice out, music will be on the lawn, so bring a chair or blanket.Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Wildwood Library presents Mahtomedi History Tour June 13

Join us at 5 or 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13, at Wildwood Library to ride a trolley and visit historic sites from Mahtomedi's past. The first one-hour guided tour begins at 5 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. Trolley boards at the Wildwood Branch. Registra...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Let’s Make Stuff at Park Grove Library June 16

Join us from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at Park Grove Library for an evening of relaxing coloring! Use our coloring supplies or bring your own. Let's Make Stuff is a creative class for adults. Join us every third Thursday of the month to get ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Bananagrams for Teens at Wildwood Library June 16

Join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at Wildwood Library to show-off your word-iness in our LIFE-SIZED version of Bananagrams, the classic word game with a twist! Ages 12-16. Registration required.

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

R.H. Stafford Library hosts Introduction to Internet Genealogy Class June 18

Join us from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at R.H. Stafford Library for an internet genealogy class featuring Ancestry Library Addition. This introductory class will also feature a brief introduction to some other recommended genealogy websites. Re...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Big Truck Day at Hardwood Creek Library June 18

Join us from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Hardwood Creek Library to visit and view a collection of large vehicles, including an ice cream truck and a fire truck! Entertainment will be provided by the Teddy Bear Band in the parking lot to the e...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

The Royal Guard Presents: Knights & Dragons at Oakdale Library June 18

Join us from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Oakdale Library to see The Royal Guard from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. They will share stories of real knights, not-so real dragons, and other interactive adventures! Suggested ages 6-12. Wi...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Join Park Grove Library for a Strawberry Fest StoryStroll June 18

Join us from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Kingston Park in Cottage Grove for a special self-guided StoryStroll! Families will enjoy strolling through Strawberry Fest while reading a picture book displayed on posts along a trail.Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Enjoy Blues for Kids with the Minnesota Blues Society at Hardwood Creek Library June 20

Join us from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at Hardwood Creek Library to listen to the blues and learn how to play the blues. Everyone will leave with a free harmonica! This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Valley Library hosts STEAM Storytime June 27

Join us from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Monday, June 27, at Valley Library for a special STEAM Storytime. In addition to stories, songs and rhymes, there will be special activities incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and math. Each month will...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Outdoor Survival Challenge for teens at R.H. Stafford Library June 30

Join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, at R.H. Stafford Library to test your survival skills outside the library with a variety of outdoor activities. Ready to hack it at the Hunger Games? Think you could ace the apocalypse? Grades 6-8, registr...Read on...

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Transportation

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

Manning Avenue (County Highway 15) and 10th Street (County Highway 10) Intersection Work

Construction has begun on the intersection of County Highway 15 and 10. The first phase of the project closes the west leg of 10th St (Detour is signed). Northbound & Southbound Manning Ave remains open. For additional info, visit the project website.

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

Beach Road/Paris Avenue South (County Highway 23)

Beach Road/Paris Avenue (County Highway 23) closes to through traffic and the detour begins on or after May 31, 2016. For additional project information, visit the project website.

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

Lake Elmo Avenue (County Highway 17) Construction Update

Construction is now beginning in Lake Elmo on County Highway 17 (Lake Elmo Avenue) and 30th Street. Throughout the construction season, there will be construction activities and road detours. For additional information, visit the project website.

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