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The Washington County Sheriff's Office worked in partnership with NAMI — National Alliance on Mental Illness — and Washington County Public Health and Environment on a new squad car aimed at suicide prevention awareness. September is suicide prevention month. This vehicle, which will be used as a normal duty squad car, features graphics relating to suicide prevention. It has the nationally recognized suicide awareness colors of teal and purple, as well as the suicide prevention ribbon.
Washington County conducts household hazardous waste collections in county communities. The next collection will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Forest Lake Transit Center, 19955 Forest Road N.; enter at Headwaters Parkway. Satellite collections bring the services offered at the Washington County Environmental Center closer to residents, making it more convenient and practical for them to recycle and dispose their household hazardous waste and electronics. Additional fall events are:
"I'm just going to go to the doctor and get antibiotics ... this cold is so annoying and I'm going on vacation next week." "I'm sure it's an ear infection that's keeping my baby up at night. The doctor will prescribe antibiotics to take care of it." Seems like antibiotics are a first line of defense for sickness. That's a problem.
King of Kings Lutheran Church held its annual back-to-school backpack drive to help ease the burden for families in District 833. More than 250 backpacks with supplies were collected and then delivered along with 25 calculators to the district offices. King of Kings Lutheran Church is at 1583 Radio Drive in Woodbury. Submitted photo
Newport citizen group Newport on the Move is collecting ice skates for free use at the Loveland Park rinks, Newport on the Move member Pauline Schottmuller said at the Aug. 2 City Council meeting. "One of the barriers to kids skating down there is they don't have skates," she said. "... So we thought if we had used skates available for kids to use down there free, that would remove that barrier." The group is looking for all used skates, in any kids' size and will accept adult sizes as well.
A Minnesota Vikings football player is facing a felony theft charge and a domestic violence charge stemming from an Aug. 28 confrontation at an Eagan hotel. Cayleb Seth Jones, 25, of Los Angeles, was charged with theft by temporary control, a felony. He also is charged with interfering with an emergency call, a gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor domestic assault.
The Benedictine Center is offering a Dementia Support Group on the second Tuesday of every month. The next meeting will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Sept.11 at St. Paul's Monastery in Maplewood. Led by Steve Arnold, a deacon, chaplain and spiritual director, each session will be a form of group spiritual direction with check-ins, introductions and discussions around the disease of dementia. Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . The Benedictine Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery in Maplewood, located at 2675 Benet Road.
Longtime Woodbury resident Paul Chimzar caught a 19-inch largemouth bass Aug. 11 from a fishing kayak on Powers Lake in Woodbury. Photo by Linda Chimzar
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Lake Isabelle in Dakota County, as well as Bald Eagle Lake and Lake Johanna in Ramsey County, according to a news release. A trained detector found three zebra mussels attached to the fishing pier on Lake Isabelle during Saturday’s University of Minnesota Extension “Starry Trek” search day.
Woodbury resident Col. Charles G. Kemper IV of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division was promoted to the rank of brigadier general during an event Monday, Aug. 20, at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda. Kemper and about 600 Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division are preparing for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East later this fall. The Red Bulls will lead efforts to partner with and provide training to militaries across the region in order to deter, disrupt and prevent regional aggression, according to a news release.