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Out of the 34 compliance checks conducted in 2017, 28 clerks or retailers — 83 percent — upheld the law and refused the sale of tobacco to Pierce County underage youth, according to the Pierce County Health Department. Two of these retailers, BP Amoco in Prescott and Dollar General in River Falls, were randomly selected to receive special recognition this year. The health department wishes to thank and congratulate all tobacco retailers that did not sell tobacco products to minors.
With the creation of a regional newsroom and a larger reporting pool as goals, Publisher Neal Ronquist has announced that the South Washington County Bulletin office will close permanently Friday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. Ronquist emphasized that all of the Bulletin's employees will continue producing the weekly newspaper and the website with news and sports stories from Cottage Grove and elsewhere in Washington County and the region. Readers will not experience any changes or interruptions to their paper or its delivery.
St. John Lutheran Church of Woodbury members deliver a send-off prayer Jan. 21, 2018, for Kayla Hoem, an outreach missionary who will be working in Spain. Hoem and Sarah Kanoy, a medical missionary now working in Kenya, were officially "adopted" by the congregation. This will provide them with prayerful and financial support. The church celebrates its 150-year anniversary in 2018. Submitted photo
WOODBURY — Marie Frederick, member of Artists of Woodbury, is the creative genius behind the Bold North Art Experience. "I thought that it would be a great diversion, and fun experience for people to celebrate art during the festivities of Super Bowl LII," she said. "As an artist in the area, and art educator, I know many talented artists and decided to pull together a group for a sale January 28 to February 10 when people are celebrating the Super Bowl."
Super Bowl Live employee offered VIP tickets in exchange for sex with teens ST PAUL—A Missouri man in town to work at Super Bowl Live is accused of offering two VIP tickets to the event in exchange for sex with a pair of teens. Justin Beard, 33, of Branson, Mo., was charged Thursday, Feb. 1, with two counts of offering or agreeing to hire a prostitute under the age of 16, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court. He is in custody and is expected to make his first appearance in court on Friday.
To the editor: Minnesota Nice? Yes, it does exist! Our 12-plus inch, snow-filled driveways in the 9100 block of Indian Blvd is a great example. My daughter had to be to work at 10 a.m. and we couldn't get the snow blower working. So we started shoveling. Shortly thereafter, our neighbor comes down with the snow blower and gets us cleared out. As he's working, I notice three-to-four other neighbors heading to other driveways with their blowers. The evening before, two neighbors came to help my daughter's stuck car get up the driveway.
Minn. woman, 19, dies in skiing accident after striking tree WABASHA, Minn.—A 19-year-old Minnesota woman is dead following an accident at a ski resort in southeastern Minnesota Saturday, Jan. 20, according to KTTC-TV. Bethany Becker, of Corcoran, Minn., hit a tree after failing to make a turn toward the bottom of a ski slope at Coffee Mill Ski Area in Wabasha, according to police. An ambulance crew arrived on scene and transported Becker to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys and met the Mayo One helicopter at Plainview along the way.
Eight students from Cottage Grove Middle School were selected as "Students of Excellence" for January. Students and their families were honored at a breakfast ceremony Jan. 10. The students were nominated by one of their teachers.
The East Ridge varsity competition cheer team placed first in the Small Varsity Division and also was named first place overall earning Grand Champions at the University of Minnesota Cheer Championship on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Pictured in the team photo are (front row, left to right) Aubrianna Berger, Madie Brenneke, Morgan Livingston, LaKendra Berger, Sidney Gullickson, Breana Mower, (back row) coach Jessica Peters, Meg Hasegawa, Madeline Upson, Karina Ertman, Kaylee Brown, Rachel Schullo and Marin Elliott. Submitted photo
Ellsworth Community School District has announced school will be closed Monday, Jan. 22 due to a predicted a snowstorm. The Ellsworth Elementary Open House, scheduled for Monday night, Jan. 22 has been postponed. A new date will be announced. Other area schools who have cancelled school, as of 8 p.m. Sunday night, include Hastings, Goodhue and Red Wing.