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Motorists traveling westbound between Bailey Road in Newport and Seventh Avenue in South St. Paul should plan for major delays as I-494 is reduced to a single lane and ramps close beginning Sunday, April 21. Crews will begin placing barriers for a traffic switch at 8 p.m. Sunday to complete the I-494 bridge over Concord Street. Once crews complete their traffic shift by 5 a.m. Monday, April 22, westbound I-494 will be reduced to two lanes between Bailey Road and Seventh Avenue for approximately 30 days.
STILLWATER — A St. Paul woman was sentenced April 10 to 98 months in prison, minus 226 days served, for identity theft. Dominique Marie Wegleitner, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of felony identity theft on Nov. 19. The charge specified the theft, possession or use of more than 200 identities, including at least one Woodbury resident. Wegleitner was also ordered to pay $135,633.32 in restitution. She is currently serving at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. On the same day, three separate charges of mail theft against her were dismissed.
Road and ramp closures around Interstate 94 in Woodbury originally scheduled to begin Friday night, April 12, have been rescheduled due to snow, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The work has been rescheduled for next weekend, April 19-22. According to the announcement:
The following area schools are closed Thursday, April 11, 2019, due to snow.
Evan Murray of Troop 559 received his Eagle Scout award and will be holding his Court of Honor on May 4. His Eagle Scout project was developing a rolling produce cart for the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf. The cart is to be used in the new CCEFS facility in Oakdale. Murray is a senior at Woodbury High School. He will attend Georgia Tech in the fall to study music technology.
Minnesota Department of Transportation is alerting motorists of upcoming ramp and road closures on eastbound I-94 in Washington County as crews begin bridge work at the I-94/494/694 interchange. According to a news release: Beginning 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, MnDOT be closing eastbound I-94 at the I-94/494/694 interchange to all traffic. Westbound I-94 will remain open to traffic. Crews will also need to close the following loop ramps off I-94:
A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout Washington County Parks continues from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county's natural resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant.
The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will make its seventh stop of its statewide tour at East Ridge High School at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4. The orchestra is launching its Minnesota tour March 29, performing concerts in schools and churches throughout the state. Admission is free, no ticket required. A freewill donation will be taken during the performance.
Three Park students will be advancing to the state speech tournament after top-three individual performances at the Section 3AA speech tournament on March 20 at Woodbury High School. Advancing to the state tournament from Park are: Jermaine Wade, Jr. (third place Creative Expression), Connor Burrell (second place Prose) and Marisa Schwab (third place Prose). Park Speech is led by head coaches Kimberly Zamora Pearson and Erin Bowes.
The MSHSL Section 3AA speech tournament was held at Woodbury High School on March 20 with 12 schools competing. Woodbury and East Ridge tied for second place and will each be sending 10 entries to the state tournament. Those qualifying for the MSHSL state speech tournament from Woodbury include: