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A lawyer representing Sen. Dan Schoen in his final days in the Minnesota Legislature called swirling sexual harassment allegations "suspect" and said Schoen's accusers were "misrepresenting" their interactions. Attorney Paul Rogosheske refuted the accusations at a Nov. 22 news conference following the announcement of Schoen's Dec. 15 resignation. Schoen did not attend the conference. Accusations emerged about two weeks ago following an MinnPost report in which multiple women described unwanted sexual attention from Schoen.
Sandra and Jim Herkenratt looked forward to having neighbors. For 38 years, the couple's home in Nininger township faced only an expansive farm field with no other nearby homes. When a Hastings family broke ground on a new home across the road, the Herkenratts welcomed the prospect of living closer to another family, one with children. Construction, however, halted in September after crews unearthed a macabre discovery. According to investigation documents from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, an excavator digging the home's foundation uncovered bones.
A westbound lane on Interstate 94 opened again shortly before noon Nov. 20 after a truck hauling more than a ton of frozen seafood ignited early that morning. Lt. Tiffani Nielson with the Minnesota State Patrol said the truck's driver smelled smoke and pulled over to the shoulder near Century Avenue around 6:20 a.m. Flames had engulfed the trailer, which contained 2,500 pounds of frozen fish. Woodbury Public Safety firefighters extinguished the flames.
A Cottage Grove man will spend about a month in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl with two others in 2016. Parker Cole Jarvis Running, 18, was convicted of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 15 in a Washington County District Court Nov. 6. He received a 60-day jail sentence with credit for 31 days served and five years' probation. The court dismissed two other charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of aiding and abetting third-degree criminal sexual conduct— all felony charges.
A convicted sex offender St. Paul police identified as a person of interest in a nearly 25-year-old missing person case will spend four years in prison on felony kidnapping charges. A Washington County court handed down the 54-month sentence to Mark Steven Wallace, a 55-year-old Andover man found guilty of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm, a felony. Charges for misdemeanor drug possession and felony stalking were dropped.
Duluth Trading Company recently opened the doors to its long-awaited Woodbury Lakes location. Store manager Maggie Chanthavong said the brand's catalog customers requested Woodbury for its newest location more than any other community. A rapidly-developing community like Woodbury, Chanthavong said, offered the perfect opportunity for the Minnesota-based outdoor retailer's newest store.
Helping people get into shape has been a deeply-embedded part of Gabi and Jacek Kozdroj's lives for more than decade combined. Gabi teaches Zumba classes and spent nearly three years managing a St. Paul Anytime Fitness location, where Jacek, her husband, worked as a personal trainer for 10 years. When the Bielenberg Drive Anytime location appeared on the market earlier this summer, the Woodbury couple seized on the opportunity to own a franchise closer to their home of 12 years.
State troopers suspect a Moose Lake man was under the influence of controlled substances when he led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit from Woodbury to Hastings in a stolen vehicle Nov. 1. According to a Minnesota State Patrol news release, Joshua Allan Major, 30, will be booked into the Dakota County jail on charges including felony fleeing police, drunken driving and possession of a stolen vehicle once he is cleared from Regina Hospital. He was taken to the hospital for a blood draw following his arrest in Hastings.
A South St. Paul man will spend 90 days in jail and faces three years of probation for lewd exchanges on a messaging app with an undercover officer he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. A Washington County court on Oct. 25 sentenced Carl William Gansen, 34, for felony engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child. According to a Washington County criminal complaint, Gansen was one of several males to respond to a post on the anonymous app Whisper.sh posted by an undercover officer posing as a teenage girl advertising paid sex.
Kendall Johnson compares pornography consumption to compulsive shopping: as people desire more and more of something, their desires are harder to satisfy. The Woodbury resident says an abundant supply and easily accessible supply of online porn can act as a "gateway drug" fueling relationship issues and dangerous habits. Some of those habits, he said, could escalate to seeking paid sex through platforms like Backpage.com, a website that gained notoriety as a hub for sex trafficking advertisements.