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The sun may have warmed the air to a balmy 15 degrees Saturday, but Lake Carver maintained its icy conditions. The brisk temperatures, however, couldn't stop nearly 500 people from leaping into the frozen lake for the 2018 Woodbury Polar Plunge, an annual event local law enforcement organizes to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. This year's event raised about $82,000. Kayte Barton, a Woodbury athlete who earned two gold medals and a silver medal in swimming at the 1999 Special Olympics World Games, helped bring the event to Woodbury 18 years ago.
Routine requests regarding traffic tickets or residents' homes make up a bulk of the data inquiries the City of woodbury receives, city staff said. But larger, more complex requests are the focus of two items on the city's legislative initiatives, which identifies the cities priorities as the Minnesota legislature moves into session. City Council, at their Jan. 24 meeting, approved a list of initiatives that included proposals to allow fees for public data inspection.
An investigation targeting child sex trafficking over Super Bowl week led to charges against 18 people arrested in Woodbury. The arrests stemmed from a collaborative operation among law enforcement agencies throughout the Twin Cities, Washington County said in a Feb. 14 statement.
A former teacher with South Washington County Schools was among at least three men arrested in Woodbury during a sex trafficking sting the week before Super Bowl. Andrew Henry Burfeind, 54 of St. Paul, faces a felony charge of felony charges of soliciting prostitution from someone age 13 to 16. According to the Washington County criminal complaint: Burfeind responded to a Backpage.com post law enforcement placed as part of an undercover operation depicting the poster as a 15-year-old boy.
A California woman was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for her role in a "sophisticated" sex trafficking ring spanning 29 states. Washington County Judge Susan Miles sentenced Hong Jing, 50, of Irvine, Calif., Feb. 9 after being convicted of felony racketeering and aiding and abetting prostitution charges. The plea arrangement saw four additional felony charges dismissed.
Teachers at Middleton Elementary School kicked off the school's "Reading Olympics" Feb. 1 with a gamut of competitions combining brains and brawn, including a foot race balancing books on their head and reading while hula-hooping. Middleton students this month will be honored as "gold medalists" for returning completed reading logs
A weeklong investigation targeting patrons of child sex trafficking led to at least three arrests in Woodbury the week of Super Bowl. Authorities with the multi-agency East Metro Sex Trafficking task force during the undercover investigation posted advertisements to cragislist.com and backpage.com alluding to paid sexual acts with children younger than 16. The men who responded to the posts were instructed to come to an apartment in Woodbury, where they were arrested upon arrival.
A Cottage Grove man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife following a failed murder-for-hire plot. A Washington County jury convicted Stephen Carl Allwine of first-degree premeditated murder Jan. 31, concluding a week-long trial. Washington County District Judge William B. Ekstrum handed down the life sentence Feb. 2. First-degree murder convictions come with a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Ready to take the plunge? Registration for the fourth annual Woodbury Polar Plunge Feb. 10 opened earlier this week. Each year, hundreds of brave "plungers" brave the icy waters of Carver Lake to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. Last year's event raised nearly $98,000 as 550 brave participants leapt into the frozen-over lake. The funds benefit more than 8,200 Special Olympics athletes as they train and compete throughout the year. Nearly 400 participants are registered for this year's plunge, totaling $39,223 in donations so far.
A Cottage Grove man has been convicted of first-degree premeditated murder. Stephen Carl Allwine drugged and shot his wife, Amy Allwine, before attempting to stage her 2016 death as a suicide, prosecutors said. Her death followed the failure of an elaborate, months-long plot Stephen Allwine hatched to have his wife killed. Jurors agreed, issuing a guilty verdict Jan. 31 after nearly eight hours of deliberation, the Pioneer Press reports. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 2.