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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