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SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — Five contenders have thrown their hats in the ring for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat. Wayne Johnson, Bill Sumner, Jeff Swenson, Marvin Taylor and John Thorson will battle it out for the seat in the Nov. 6 election. District 4 includes Cottage Grove, Denmark Township, Grey Cloud Island Township, Newport, St. Paul Park and portions of Woodbury and Hastings.
A fatal stabbing in Newport early Sunday morning in under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
COTTAGE GROVE — Lamont Bernard Taylor, 32, is facing charges of vehicle theft and fleeing police stemming from an alleged encounter with police just after 2 a.m. June 3. According to the criminal complaint: In a gas station parking lot, a Cottage Grove officer noted a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of St. Paul. The vehicle pulled out of the parking lot onto West Point Douglas Road and the officer followed. Taylor, who was the alleged driver, veered into the next lane and started driving between 80 and 100 miles per hour.
OAKDALE — Woodbury High School students prepared the Oak Meadows Senior Living gardens for the facility's 20th anniversary celebration as part of their Senior Service Day project.
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — In an effort to eliminate student hunger, South Washington County Schools and Second Harvest Heartland have partnered to launch several programs under the No Kid Hungry initiative. A No Kid Hungry kick-off event June 11 will begin a summer of events focused on free meals and activities. In South Washington County, one in five children is at risk of hunger, said Cheryl Jogger, District 833 Community engagement coordinator and SoWashCo CARES founder.
WOODBURY — Goddard School franchisees Rick and Shannon Gehrmann broke ground May 2 on the soon-to-be school. Construction on the nearly 10,000-square-foot building has started at the corner of Hargis Parkway and Finley Road, near East Ridge High School. The preschool will start accepting students late this summer, and is set to open in the fall for up to nearly 150 students. Shannon Gehrmann said the school will provide programming for kids six weeks to six years.
WOODBURY — Woodbury High School junior David Li, along with his three Mounds View High School teammates, has earned a finalist spot in the prestigious Genes in Space competition. Li's team is among four others that are battling for the top honor: launching their project to the International Space Station. Finalists get a prize, mentorships with Harvard and MIT scientists and the opportunity to present their research at the ISS Research and Development Conference in San Francisco this summer.
WOODBURY — To chords of "Pomp and Circumstance" and "We Are the World," East Ridge seniors celebrated their graduation. Over 400 students marched through the East Ridge gymnasium to receive their diplomas the afternoon of June 3. Class co-presidents Regan Dolezal and Julia Travis, and David Edgerton III addressed their fellow seniors on their last day together.
ST. PAUL — Nicholas Anderson doesn't know how long he laid on the railroad tracks before help arrived. The Canadian Pacific Rail employee from Plymouth was working on repairs when he was in a severe accident on the railroad tracks near Cottage Grove in February. Eventually, his coworkers found him and called for EMS crews. Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park first responders arrived on the scene and quickly wrapped three tourniquets on his legs. The tourniquets stopped the heavy bleeding until he could arrive at Regions Hospital for surgery.
A fleeing suspect led police on a chase through Cottage Grove resulting in two damaged squad cars and SWAT team barricade on Granada Avenue Friday afternoon.