MNA General Reporting Award Winner – Second Place 2012. MNA Use of Public Data Award Winner – First Place 2012. General Excellence Award Winner — First Place 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006, Second Place 1999. NNA Best of the States Award Winner — First Place 1998, 2000. NNA Best Typography and Design — Second Place 2006. Business of the Year — Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce — 1998. Small Business of the Year — Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce — 2006. River Valley Brides Magazine, SWC Map, Spring Home Improvement, Cottage Grove Area Chamber, Community Festivals, Senior Class, SWC Community Guide, Fall Home Improvement, Come & Worship, Holiday Shopping Guide.
The SWC Bulletin has been the only local news publication serving our communities since 1958. Our news and special sections are intensely local. We are very involved with our communities including involvement in the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and community festivals.
South Washington County is poised for strong residential and commercial growth as housing development is increasing in Cottage Grove, the residential and business center of the area.
Our communities run along the Mississippi River offering plenty of boating and fishing opportunities. Many parks in the area offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Residents can play golf at multiple 18-hole courses. Winter offers the snowmobiler a chance to get out on the many county maintained trails; there also are cross-country and hiking trails. The nearby Afton Alps Ski Area serves as one of the biggest ski areas in the Twin Cities region.