A pallet jack, dolly and hand tools were taken from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Fourth Avenue Dec. 20. A padlock was removed from the truck to gain access to the tools. An 87-year-old Newport woman lost at least $500 after she was contacted by scammers telling her that her computer had a virus. They offered to clean the computer for her for $500 in iTunes gift cards and got her credit card numbers. Deputies advised she monitor her cards, block the number and get her computer checked.
Crime rates dropped across Minnesota last year. The crime rate for the state in 2015 was 2,368 per 100,000 residents, a 6.3 percent decrease over 2014. Violent crimes — including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and human trafficking — increased by 7.6 percent across the state, while property crimes — burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson — decreased by 2 percent. The increase of violent crime and decrease of property crime follows a trend from the last few years.
3M has decreased the amount of groundwater pumped through barrier wells at a former dump site between Woodbury Drive and Cottage Grove Drive south of Dale Road that for decades was contaminated by pollutants manufactured by the company. Beginning Tuesday the company started reducing its level of pumping under approval and regulation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Michael and Paula Bushilla built a treehouse — but it certainly doesn't hold a "no girls allowed" policy. The 1,100-square-foot building built in a tree was unveiled last week as the new honeymoon suite at Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove. The fairytale-esque building built in and around a 150-year-old bur oak tree was designed by Cary Kimmel, owner of Koinonia Design Architectural Services. The structure includes a full kitchen, bathrooms, breakfast nook, bedroom, living area, tower, secret room and four decks.