Fate of Cottage Grove golf course uncertain after sexual harassment lawsuit

The course has been put up for sale.
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If you've got the money – millions of dollars, to be a little more precise – the Mississippi Dunes golf course in Cottage Grove can be yours. 

The golf course is for sale after the owner William Doebler lost a harassment lawsuit brought by some of his former employers. 

The lawsuit filed over the summer alleged Doebler sexually harassed multiple women in a "sexually charged, hostile workplace" – and then quit scheduling them when they complained.

The former employees say Doebler "often cast leering looks at the female employees" and "repeatedly directed sexually harassing comments and actions toward all of the Plaintiffs" in the spring and summer of 2014. 

But the lawsuit also makes lurid accusations about individual incidents, including one where Doebler invited a female server to his "man cave" – actually a maintenance shed – and used vulgar language to suggest she have sex with him there.

On another occasion, the lawsuit says, he grabbed another server's buttocks while showing her where to find a certain brand of beer, and in view of her fellow employees.

Doebler is also accused of sexual harassment in "The Brothel" – the nickname for a house he maintained on the property.

The outcome of the lawsuit

In August, a Washington County District Court judge sided with the plaintiffs, finding Mississippi Dunes's failure to respond to the allegations "alarming," a news release says.

The ruling also ordered Doebler to pay the employees about $130,000 in damages, and according to the Star Tribune, the course was subsequently "fined as a business" for another $20,000.

The property was ultimately put up for sale this month, the South Washington County Bulletin says

Meanwhile, the Pioneer Press says it's not clear if the course is actually open right now; there are no tee times on the website, the social media pages are gone, and an employee on the phone "declined to answer questions."

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