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Leaders with St. Therese say its most recent expansion will offer a more complete "continuum of care" for Woodbury seniors. The Minnesota-based, nonprofit care provider unveiled the Redwoods, a new 64-unit senior apartment building, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 21. The two-story building marks the second construction phase on the organization's Woodbury campus. Crews broke ground on the new building last summer after construction wrapped up on the initial 216-unit building in February.
Jeremy Jackson had little to work with when he was asked to identify remains from a long-abandoned cemetery near Hastings. An avid genealogical researcher, Jackson works with the state archaeologist's office to eak out information from forgotten and unmarked graves throughout Minnesota. When construction in Nininger Township turned up human remains, a text message with the location's address offered the only clue: the property had once been Rose Hill Cemetery. Within two hours, Jackson said he was able track down the name Robert Caleff.
A man who held his parents captive and repeatedly beat his mother's head with a hammer will serve 20 years in prison following his Nov. 22 sentencing in a Washington County court. David Edward Williams Jr., of Maplewood, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree attempted murder, a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He must also pay more than $13,000 in restitution. The court dismissed an additional felony charge of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, which the court dismissed.
The Woodbury mayor who recently announced her bid for governor said she hopes to quell what she sees as bickering and disrespect at the Minnesota Capitol. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, who registered her gubernatorial campaign Nob. 28, announced her run the following day in Woodbury. Applause flooded a room packed with Stephen's red and white campaign signs as she decried the "disfunction" in the state government. Stephens joined nearly a dozen other Republicans vying for Minnesota Governor.
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.
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.