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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

Library and Community Center Closed on Halloween

The Library and Community Center will be closed on Friday, October 31, 2014. The City would like to wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween!

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 November 1-2, November 15-16, and 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.

Absentee Voting for General Election Closes November 3

Absentee voting for the statewide general election is now open and continues through Monday, November 3, 2014. Due to state legislative changes that allow for no excuse absentee voting a higher voter turnout is expected. Absentee voters are encouraged to vote at the beginning of the period (Sept. 19-Nov. 3) for absentee voting.  Absentee voters waiting to vote may experience long lines and the potential for a long wait. Click here to view information on absentee voting.

State General Election - November 4, 2014

The State General Election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  The City of Newport has three individuals running for two City Council positions. Sample ballots may be viewed at City Hall, 596 7th Avenue or by clicking here.

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Newport Elementary, 851 6th Avenue. Voters should enter through door #4.

2014 Street Improvement Projects - Assessment Payments

The Newport City Council will be considering the final assessment roll for the project to be certified by Washington County at their November 6, 2014 City Council Meeting. Any property owner wishing to pay their full assessment (including accrued interested from the date of assessment) prior to the certification to the County must issue payment to the City no later than the end of business on October 31, 2014.Contact Renee Eisenbeisz, Executive Analyst, at (651) 556-4601 for a current balance.

Click here to view information on the 2014 Street Improvement Projects. This page will be updated periodically throughout 2014. 

Library and Community Center Events

  • P.A.W.S. to Read - The Library and Community Center will be hosting P.A.W.S. to Read on Thursday, November 13th 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Photo Contest Update

The City would like to congratulate the winner of the summer photo contest, Jen Knutson. Click here to view the winning photos.

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.

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 

Tue - Nov 04
General Elections @ Newport Elementary 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thu - Nov 06
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

Tue - Nov 11
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Wed - Nov 12
Heritage Preservation Commission @ 5:30 p.m.

Thu - Nov 13
P.A.W.S. to Read @ Library and Community Center @ 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