County Briefs (4/18/13)

Foreclosure workshop at Stafford Library in Woodbury

WOODBURY — The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) holds a mortgage foreclosure prevention workshop from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the R.H Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place in Woodbury.

The workshops are for anyone who has questions and needs advice from trained foreclosure prevention counselors. Anyone behind on their mortgage, worried about keeping up with mortgage payments, or wants to know more about the foreclosure process can attend. Those worried about foreclosure should seek help immediately. Waiting can limit the options.

The workshops are open houses and no pre-registration is required. The session includes a 45-minute presentation on the foreclosure process. Participants also can meet one-on-one with a foreclosure prevention counselor. It will help the counselor to respond to concerns if participants bring any communication received from a lender or loan servicer; proof of income (e.g., recent pay stub), and a copy of a mortgage statement.

For information or to speak with a foreclosure prevention counselor immediately, call the Washington County HRA at 651-202-2822, or see

County, U of M offer septic course

The Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment and the University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program present a septic system course titled “Septic Systems Introduction and Advanced Topics for Real Estate Agents and Appraisers” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 3 at the Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd St. North in Stillwater.

The course, approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for four continuing education (CE) credit hours for real estate agents and appraisers, covers a range of septic system topics.

The course includes a regulatory overview that identifies key statutes, administrative rules and local ordinances that govern design, installation, operation and maintenance of septic systems. Participants will learn about disclosure and compliance inspections to help them better understand the requirements and costs surrounding the inspection of existing septic systems.

Those interested can registering for this course by calling the DPHE  at 651-430-6655, or email [email protected] to receive more information.

Harmony center holds plant sale

WHITE BEAR LAKE — Independent School District 622 Community Education has joined with the Century College Horticulture Department and Our Community Food Projects to offer garden plants for sale beginning May 1, at Harmony Learning Center, 1960 County Road C in Maplewood.

The plants were started at Century College and will be finished in the new greenhouse at Harmony Learning Center later this month.

Sale plant include vegetable and flowers, both conventional and open pollinated. Plants will be sold in four-packs and 3.5-inch pots, with some specialty six-packs for sale as well. To order plants online, visit Orders can also be taken by phone by calling Megan Buchanan at 612-423-0707. Plants can be delivered to groups with orders of 10 or more flats.

Profits from the plant sale go toward expanding the Greenhouse/Garden Program at Harmony Learning Center as a non-traditional, new immigrant program for students to acquire English, math and job skills, as well as small business management experience.

The greenhouse, donated by Century College, also provides internship opportunities for Century College horticulture students, and give local community members an opportunity to explore careers and further their education in horticulture.

To learn more about the Harmony Garden and Greenhouse Project visit and