The ancient American Indian burial mounds that curve along a slope in the Old Village of Afton embody a snake or a fish long seen as a powerful and eternal symbol in many Dakota and Ojibwe legends. But in recent months, a plan by Afton officials to install a $4 million sewage system has raised concerns about the preservation of those sacred mounds, located only a few hundred yards from the St. Croix River.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is expected next week to issue a permit for the construction of a controversial community sewer system in Afton, a project given the green light this week by the agency's citizens' board. Afton plans to advertise for bids for the $4 million sewage treatment facility in early July, and construction could start in early August -- a year later than originally planned, City Administrator Ron Moorse said Wednesday.
After lots of Washington County and State Fair blue ribbons, Carol Gritzmaker of Lake Elmo has numerous spreadable fruit for sale and can be found at the Lake Elmo Farmer's Market. She also has cross stitched decor for sale.
Washington County has secured several hundred acres of land in recent years as part of an ongoing effort to preserve open spaces and improve water quality. Money spent through Land and Water Legacy, a $20 million initiative that county voters passed in 2006, has reached $8.5 million - all of it intended to buy or otherwise secure land and keep it free from development.