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

Hours: Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



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

Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

City Offices, including the Library and Community Center, will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving Holiday. The City wishes everyone a fun and safe holiday.

Street Sweeping

Public Works will be street sweeping beginning this week. Please watch for sweepers while driving and keep plenty of distance between yourself and them. We also ask that you do not rake or blow any sand, grass, leaves, or debris into the streets. Please keep your children away from work areas.

Serving on a Board, Committee, or Commission

The Newport City Council is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Newport Park Board, Library Advisory Committee, and South Washington County Telecommunications Commission. Click here to learn more about each vacancy. Review of applications will begin on December 9, 2015.

Fire Department's Annual Toy Drive

The Newport Fire Department will be hosting their annual Food and Toy Drive once again this year. The Fire Department has drop-off barrels at Clover Leaf Bar and Grill, the North Pole Restaurant, and the Newport Center. The Fire Department will also be at the Newport Center on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. accepting donations. All donations will be taken to the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make the check out to the Friends in Need Food Shelf.

Holiday Train - December 10th

The Holiday Train is returning to Cottage Grove this December for the 13th year! The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping in Cottage Grove on Thursday, December 10th at 5:45 p.m. The Cottage Grove stop will be near the Youth Service Bureau Building along West Point Douglas Road south of the 80th Street Sieben Bridge.

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. All monetary donations will help purchase food and toiletry items. If you would like to donate items, the Food Shelf is in need of toiletry items such as bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, or diapers.

Archery Deer Hunting

Since 2013, the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB) have been conducting a controlled hunt in Loveland Park and Bailey School Forest after October 15th of each year. This will be the third year that the MBRB will conduct their hunt. They will be hunting in both parks December 5-6. During this time, the parks will be closed to the public.

Per the ordinance, individuals are also allowed to hunt deer with a bow and arrow during the regular season on private land that is at least five (5) contiguous acres. In order to hunt, individuals must complete the MBRB Proficiency Test Certificate on an annual basis. Individuals must have the certificate and permission from the property owner on hand when hunting. Click here to view a map outlining the allowed areas to hunt in Newport. For more information, please contact City Hall at (651) 459-5677.

City Council Continuing Discussion Regarding Policing Services

At the October 15, 2015 City Council meeting, the City Council heard public input regarding a draft agreement with Washington County and draft proposal from Cottage Grove for policing services and continued discussion at a Special Workshop meeting on October 29, 2015. At that meeting, the City Council directed staff to contact Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park to determine if they are interested in conducting a study regarding law enforcement services with the City. City staff will be contacting both cities this week and will update the City Council in the near future.

Click on the links below to view more information:

Library and Community Center Events

  • Thanksgiving Craft Program - The Library and Community Center will be hosting a craft project on Tuesday, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. Attendees can come and make their own turkeys in time for Thanksgiving!
  • Holiday Craft Program - The Library and Community Center will be hosting a craft project on Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can come and make trees out of pinecones to celebrate the season.

South St. Paul Odor Complaint Form

Due to a number of odor complaints in the last couple years, South St. Paul has created an odor complaint form for individuals to fill out when noticing a strong odor. Newport residents can also fill out this form when noticing a strong odor coming from across the River. Click here to view South St. Paul's website. 

Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Review

The MN DNR has been working on draft rules for management of land use and natural resources in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) since June 2014. The DNR requested that local governments within the MRCCA provide comments on the draft rules. The City sent a letter to the DNR in September 2014 regarding the draft rules.  The DNR has been revising the rules based on the comments received, and expects to publish a notice to adopt the rules and hold public hearings in Fall 2015.  The DNR expects to adopt the new Critical Area rules in Spring 2016.   Click on the links below for more information on the draft rules and MRCCA. Please contact Sherri Buss, City Planner, at (651) 292-4582 / for more information or questions.


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Newport Event Calendar 

Thu - Nov 26
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Fri - Nov 27
City Offices Closed due to Holiday

Thu - Dec 03
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

Thu - Dec 17
Craft Program @ Library and Community Center @ 6:30 p.m.

Thu - Dec 17
City Council @ 5:30 p.m.

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