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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 Christmas Holiday

City Hall and the Library and Community Center will be closed on December 24 and all City Offices will be closed on December 25 for the Christmas Holiday. The City wishes everyone a safe and fun holiday!

City Accepting Applications for Community Service Officer

The City is now accepting applications for a part-time Community Service Officer. Click here to view more information on the position.

Overall Best Photo Contest and Fall Photo Contest

The Overall Best Photo of the Year will be decided through a Peoples' Choice competition. The top six photos will be displayed at the North Pole Restaurant, Fay's Newport Style Salon, the Library and Community Center, Newport Elementary, and City Hall for people to view and vote on through December 31, 2014. Additionally, individuals can vote online. Click here to view the top six photos and cast your vote!

The City would like to congratulate the winners of the fall photo contest: Lee Bilderback and Brooke Kolodziej. Click here to view the winning photos.

2015 Dog Licenses on Sale Now

Annual dog licenses will go on sale at City Hall on Monday, December 1, 2014, for $10. Licenses purchased through January 31, 2015 will be $10 per license. The fee will increase to $20 per license after this date. Newport residents must renew licenses for their dogs annually. An updated rabies vaccination certificate is required at the time of purchasing the dog license. Requiring a dog license helps to ensure that all dogs in the city are vaccinated for rabies and serves as a resourceful tool to police officers in returning your dog, should they pick him or her up from running at large in the city.

Additionally, any household that has four or more dogs or cats must obtain a kennel license. A kennel license is approved by the City Council and expires December 31 of each year. The fee for a kennel license is $50.

Please contact Renee Eisenbeisz, Executive Analyst, at (651) 459-5677 / for more information.

Library and Community Center Events

  • Tutoring - Billy Thao, Library and Community Center Volunteer, is offering reading tutoring on Friday evenings for 30 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • P.A.W.S. to Read - The Library and Community Center will be hosting P.A.W.S. to Read on Thursday, January 15th 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.

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.


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Newport Event Calendar 

Wed - Dec 24
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Thu - Dec 25
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Thu - Jan 01
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Thu - Jan 08
Author Brian Freeman @ Library and Community Center @ 7:00 p.m.

Wed - Jan 14
Heritage Preservation Commission @ 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