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When it comes to endangered species protection, most people picture a panda, not a tiny little fish in the St. Croix River that only comes out at night. In the conservation world, the term “charismatic megafauna” is used to describe popular animals like elephants, lions and whales that people yearn to protect from extinction. There [...]

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BY JONATHAN YOUNG THE GAZETTE Many Bayport residents will see a slight increase in their city taxes next year, based on the preliminary budget and levy set by the city council Sept. 8. The council voted unanimously to increase the 2015 preliminary general levy by $24,802 to $1,184,783, a 2.1 percent increase over 2014. When [...]

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BY JONATHAN YOUNG THE GAZETTE Leo A. Daly Architects will design the new Bayport fire hall planned at Fifth Avenue and Stagecoach Trail. The city council unanimously selected the firm Sept. 8 on the recommendation of a building committee, which interviewed four candidates. “Ultimately all the firms were qualified and had the ability to do [...]

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Oakgreen Avenue will close to through traffic between the South Frontage Road and 58th Street N. beginning the week of Sept. 22 for a period of 25 days, weather permitting. MnDOT says motorists should watch signs for a specific closure date. This closure is required for crews to complete deep utility work and road reconstruction. [...]

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BY ALICIA LEBENS THE GAZETTE The typical homeowner in Washington County can expect an increase in county property taxes, thanks to a 13.5 percent increase in residential property values last year. The Washington County Board of Commissioners set the preliminary 2015 budget and tax levy Sept. 9. The board will set the final 2015 budget [...]

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