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City of Newport
596 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: (651) 459-5677
Fax: (651) 459-9883



Welcome to Newport!

Newport is primarily a residential community and its strength is the people who live within the city. Newport is a small river community with residential streets bordered by large trees, which wind their way along the river's edge and the blufflands. Newport's small town persona is retained within its people and its physical environment even though it is within a 15 minute commute to St. Paul and Minneapolis. With a population of 3,435, Newport continues to encourage growth and development within the community.

Newport News & Announcements

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

City offices, including the Library and Community Center, will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The City wishes everyone a safe and fun holiday!

Serving on a Commission, Board, or Committee

The Newport City Council is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Newport Planning Commission, Park Board, Library Advisory Committee, or Heritage Preservation Commission. Click here to view more information on each commission, board or committee.

If you are a Newport resident and interested in a position on any of the Commissions, Boards, or Committees, please submit a Letter of Interest to the City Council expressing reasons why you are interested in serving and include any special qualifications you may have for this position along with a volunteer application. Letters of interest and applications will be accepted until Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.

City Seeking Applications for Assistant Public Works Superintendent

The City is currently accepting applications for the position of ASSISTANT PUBLIC WORKS SUPERINTENDENT. This position performs and assists in supervising   manual, semi-skilled and skilled work as assigned in the maintenance and repair of city water and sewer systems, streets, parks, buildings and vehicles and equipment. Click here for more information.

Truth in Taxation Public Hearing

The Truth in Taxation Public Hearing for 2015 will be on the Thursday, December 4, 2014 City Council agenda for 6:00 p.m. Click here to view the presentation for the public hearing. Residents can call City Hall at (651) 459-5677 with any questions regarding the proposed property tax levy and budget.

Fall Photo Contest Deadline November 30, 2014

Don't forget that the deadline for the Fall Photo Contest is November 30, 2014. The Contest is open to all Newport residents. Adult and Youth (under 18) Divisions will compete in three Categories: Best Nature Shot, Best People/Animal Shot, and Best Black and White Shot. Photos can be submitted electronically to or can be mailed to City Hall, 596 7th Avenue.

Holiday Train - December 10, 2014

It’s that time of year again! This year will mark the 16th anniversary of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Area residents will have the opportunity to see the magnificent light and music spectacular known as the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train on Wednesday, December 10th at 5:45 p.m. in Cottage Grove. The CP Holiday Train will stop near the Youth Service Bureau building on Wets Point Douglas Road, just south of 80th Street.

All proceeds and donations collected at the Cottage Grove stop go directly to the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may send a check payable to the Friends in Need Food Shelf to the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 16, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. If you would like to donate items, the Food Shelf is in need of toiletry items such as bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, or diapers.

Controlled Hunt in Loveland Park and Bailey School Forest

In 2012, the City Council amended the Archery Deer Hunting ordinance to allow the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB) to conduct a controlled hunt in Loveland Park and Bailey School Forest after October 15th of each year. This year will be the second year that the MBRB will conduct their hunt. They will be hunting in both parks December 6-7. The hunt will take place the 30 minutes before dawn and continue through the day until 30 minutes after sunset. The parks will be closed to the public all weekends. Please note that the hunters are allowed to set up their tree stands the Friday before each weekend from 12:00 p.m. to dusk.


If you would like to report any issues during the hunt, please contact non-emergency dispatch at (651) 439-9381. If you have any questions regarding the hunt, please contact City Hall at (651) 459-5677.

Library and Community Center Events

  • Thanksgiving Craft Project - The Library and Community Center will be hosting a Thanksgiving craft program on Tuesday, November 25th at 6:00 p.m. Come and make a delicious turkey out of suckers! Supplies will be provided.
  • P.A.W.S. to Read - The Library and Community Center will be hosting P.A.W.S. to Read on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. This program will teach individuals how to be safe around dogs, how to tell the difference between a stray dog and a pet, and how dogs communicate their needs and feelings. At the end of the program, children will be invited to read to Jazmin and Maggie, the registered therapy dog for the program. Children will be given 15 minute time slots to read to the two dogs.

  • Book Sale - The Library and Community Center will be hosting a book sale December 9 - 23, 2014. All items on the book sale shelf will be 50% off!
  • Movie Night - The Library and Community Center will be hosting a movie night on Thursday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" will be showing and refreshments will be provided.
  • Author Brian Freeman Discussion and Signing - The Library and Community Center will be hosting author Brian Freeman on Thursday, January 8th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Brian will be talking about his books and signing any of his books that individuals bring in. This program is made possible with Legacy Funding through the Washington County Library.

Cottage Grove Film Festival

The Cottage Grove Arts Commission is excited to showcase the talents of local filmmakers in their first film festival! They are  now accepting submissions for the Cottage Grove Arts Commission Films in 5 Festival. Films made anytime in 2014 will be accepted for consideration. A screening will take place on January 24, 2015 for our Film Festival screening of the short film submissions. The cost to attend is $5. Children 3 and under are free. Click here to learn more information about the festival.

Change in Route 364 to Begin December 1, 2014

Metro Transit will be changing the route for Bus Route 364 beginning in December with the opening of the Newport Transit Station. The new Station will be located at 250 Red Rock Crossing, which is across from Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage on Maxwell Avenue. Click here to view the current and new route.


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Newport Event Calendar 

Thu - Nov 27
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Fri - Nov 28
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Thu - Dec 04
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

Thu - Dec 11
Planning Commission @ 6:00 p.m.

Thu - Dec 18
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

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Click on the link above to pay your utility bill online. You can also call 1-877-885-7968 to pay your utility bill. Please note that you will be charged a fee of $2.99 each time you pay online or by the phone.

Recent Newport News

  • Click here to view the winning photos from the Spring Photo Contest