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WOODBURY — To chords of "Pomp and Circumstance" and "We Are the World," East Ridge seniors celebrated their graduation. Over 400 students marched through the East Ridge gymnasium to receive their diplomas the afternoon of June 3. Class co-presidents Regan Dolezal and Julia Travis, and David Edgerton III addressed their fellow seniors on their last day together.
ST. PAUL — Nicholas Anderson doesn't know how long he laid on the railroad tracks before help arrived. The Canadian Pacific Rail employee from Plymouth was working on repairs when he was in a severe accident on the railroad tracks near Cottage Grove in February. Eventually, his coworkers found him and called for EMS crews. Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park first responders arrived on the scene and quickly wrapped three tourniquets on his legs. The tourniquets stopped the heavy bleeding until he could arrive at Regions Hospital for surgery.
WOODBURY — East Ridge seniors Savanna Gray, Brooke Schmitz and Julia Travis earned U.S. Figure Skating awards for being involved in the sport while maintaining their grades. Gray received the 2018 Graduating Senior Platinum Level Award; Schmitz and Travis each received Graduating Senior Silver Level Awards. Student-athletes are awarded by U.S. Figure Skating based on their highest level of achievement at either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze level.
A fleeing suspect led police on a chase through Cottage Grove resulting in two damaged squad cars and SWAT team barricade on Granada Avenue Friday afternoon.
The HERO Center finally made it off the Governor's desk with a signature. The HERO (Health and Emergency Response Occupations) Center was included in the nearly $1.5 billion bonding bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton May 30.
ST. PAUL PARK — Matthew Bagan was sworn in as the newest officer in the St. Paul Park Police Department May 7. St. Paul Park Police Chief Jessica Danberg said Bagan started in January and has been a great asset to the department through his 14-week field training. "His field training officers said he was exceptional at being a police officer and it came natural to him," she said. His father, Tom Bagan, pinned his badge at the City Council meeting.
MINNEAPOLIS — The East Ridge High School ERRORs Robotics Team finished in second place at the University of Minnesota May 19 during the Minnesota State High School League Championship. The ERRORs won seven matches and lost one to come back for their final and semi-final matches, ending with an overall second place finish. The Math and Science Academy team, The Fighting Calculators, also cracked the semi-finals.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County Community Services is seeking to switch up its 24-hour mental health and emergency social services responses by moving contracted services back in-house. The county currently contracts crisis services through Canvas Health, which provides after-hour and holiday mobile crisis services for mental health, child protections and other social services emergencies.
WOODBURY — Six South Washington County Schools teams finished in the top 10 in their sections at the state U.S. Academic Triathlon tournament hosted May 12 by Woodbury Middle School. Each team completed skits, answered trivia questions and tested on various skills. Almost 175 teams competed in the triathlon.