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A convicted pimp has been charged — again — with sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution. Sandy W. Yancy, 35, Minneapolis was charged on Monday by the Washington County Attorney’s office. Yancy was also convicted in 2013 of felony promotion of prostitution in Olmsted County, and sentenced to almost three years in jail. According to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, the charges are another victory for the East Metro Human Trafficking Task Force, which was formed in 2017.
A new Barnes & Noble bookstore is coming to Woodbury, company officials said Thursday. The $1.4 million store will be built in CityPlace, the mixed-use development on former State Farm property at Interstate 94 and Radio Drive. According to company plans, it will be built next to the Sierra Trading Post and will open in May 2019.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota is seeking $5 billion in damages from 3M Co. in what could become one of the largest environmental lawsuits in the nation's history. In Hennepin County District Court documents filed Friday, the attorney general charged that chemicals manufactured by Maplewood-based 3M have damaged human health and the environment.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Mark Connolly is chasing shadows. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Connolly, who will be driving from Roseville to Missouri with his wife and three grandchildren to see a solar eclipse Aug. 21. He will be part of what's expected to be a big migration in U.S. history — as millions of Americans travel to see the shadow of the moon cross the continental U.S. The last time a solar eclipse could be seen coast-to-coast was 1918, and the next one will be in 2024.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—Pat Beard, a former state representative from Cottage Grove, died Tuesday of complications related to exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War. He was 69. "His death was brought on as a result of his loyalty to his country," said Mike Sieben, who left his Minnesota legislator's post in 1982 and was followed by Beard. "Pat was a proud Democrat," Sieben said. "But more important than that, he was a proud American."