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After years of dealing with cracked and aging sewer infrastructure leading to increased rates and treatment of clean water, a Metropolitan Council grant could help ease Newport's severe inflow and infiltration problems. Inflow and infiltration, or I/I, can be an effect from aging infrastructure, height of the Mississippi River, geography and soil around the pipes.
A little over a year from now, east metro residents can expect to see a plan for drinking water free of perfluorochemicals in their communities.
ST. PAUL PARK — A woman was fatally struck on the train tracks in St. Paul Park early the morning Saturday, Sept. 1. About 3:30 a.m. officers were called to the BNSF train tracks near Pullman Avenue. BNSF staff told police that they saw a woman on the tracks and were not able to stop the train in time. A St. Paul Park Police Department news release states that the death is believed to be intentional. Information on the victim will not be released until family members are notified and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner can confirm the release.
COTTAGE GROVE — A year after the city was forced to drastically decrease water usage, residents are continuing their conservation efforts. The effect of the now-normalized conservation habits was evident even last year, when the peak usage day — the day after the 10-week watering ban was lifted — still only saw 5.8 million gallons pumped, half the amount pumped on the peak day a decade before.
COTTAGE GROVE — The previously unnamed lake near Jamaica Avenue and the Woodbury border will now boast the name Lake Robert. David Wolterstorff and his family petitioned to add the name to the body of water their property surrounds, in honor of long-time Cottage Grove resident Robert Wolterstorff. He died 11 years ago. A public comment period and public hearing at the Washington County Board meeting followed the petition's submittal, sparking other groups to petition names for the lake.
STILLWATER — A 26-year-old Mound, Minn. man was sentenced in Washington County District Court last week for electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a minor. Christopher Allen Boder was sentenced to one year in jail, two years probation and a $3,000 fine. According to the complaint: In May 2016, police posted on a social media application designed for anonymously sharing secrets online. The application has also been known to be used to engage in illegal activity, including the sexual solicitation of juveniles.
COTTAGE GROVE — Parks and Recreation held its final river access event for the summer, but it certainly won't be the last for the city. The sold-out sessions were filled by 40 eager canoers paddling along the Mississippi River backwaters in morning and afternoon sessions Aug. 18. Earlier this summer, the city held an Explore Grey Cloud Island event to re-familiarize the community with the area on the edge of the city. The city is planning similar events for the future, to continue encouraging residents to be active near the river.
WOODBURY — An Amery, Wis. man was sentenced in Washington County District Court for soliciting prostitution. Richard Mark Bottolfson, 29, was sentenced July 18 after he contacted someone he believed to be a teenager for sex. According to the criminal complaint: Police used a classifieds website in January to post an ad on the women-seeking-men section, posing as a 15-year-old female. Bottolfson responded to the ad asking to meet in person. Police, posing as the girl, told him to meet in an apartment in Woodbury.
NEWPORT — A new workout option previously untapped in south Washington County will be opening in Newport. Ben Smith and Shawn Racine of Hastings are planning to open Made2Live CrossFit at 785 20th St., just off Highway 61. CrossFit is a high-intensity workout program that incorporates interval training, weightlifting, gymnastics and more. Made2Live will offer hourlong classes seven times daily on weekdays and twice on Saturdays. Classes will be held six days a week: Monday through Saturday.
A Woodbury woman is facing charges for stealing money last year using a fundraising website similar to GoFundMe. Kaitlyn Marie Hugo, 24, is facing charges of felony theft by swindle. According to the criminal complaint: Hugo made a YouCaring page for a 5-year-old boy with Leukemia on behalf of the boy's father, who was facing a significant amount of hospital bills for the treatment. Funds from the YouCaring page were deposited directly into Hugo's account, and 57 people donated from May to September 2017. The total amount donated was nearly $5,000.