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State health and pollution officials are holding two informational meetings for residents to learn more about the agencies and the Minnesota Department of Health’s recent decision to lower recommended levels of specific perfluorochemicals (PFCs). The first meeting will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 at Oak-Land Junior High School, 820 N. Manning Ave. in Lake Elmo.
Several hundred pairs of glasses donated by Woodbury residents are ready to be sorted, packaged and shipped around the world to people in need. In just a couple months, the Woodbury Lions Club accumulated 450 pairs of glasses from a dozen collection boxes throughout the city. That number is expected to double by the time Lions Club member Don Place turns them in at the collection site in St. Cloud.
A Woodbury woman accused of subjecting a Chinese woman she hired as a nanny to slave-like conditions plead guilty in federal court May 31 to furthering forced labor. Lili Huang admitted to withholding the 58-year-old woman's passport, along with a litany of abusive tactics including beatings, starving the woman and threatening her with a knife. Woodbury police arrested Huang last year after a woman who was found wandering and crying told officers Huang thwarted her efforts to escape the abuse by traveling home to China.
Woodbury police reported a recent uptick in reports of mail theft throughout the community. Nine separate reports were logged last week, all but one of which occurred in the Eagle Valley neighborhood. Police spokeswoman Michelle Okada said the thefts follow a few random package thefts scattered throughout the last few weeks. "They can happen any time, but the trends seem to parallel gift giving holidays, tax return time, and often when we have one cluster of mail theft, another will pop up in another area of town," Okada said.
A Washington County district judge sentenced a Hudson, Wis., man to more than seven years in prison for his role in the sex trafficking of a homeless woman. Adam James Krimpelbein, 32, was convicted May 24 on felony charges of aiding and abetting sex trafficking. He was one of two men accused of trying traffic a 31-year-old woman who was listed as a missing person under civil commitment. Woodbury police arrested Krimpelbein and Dustin Jeffery Arthur Heichert at a hotel in January.
Two men who admitted to a string of Woodbury burglaries last summer will serve no jail time. Marcus Holmes and Stephan Holmes received a stay of execution on a 33-month sentence for three counts of first-degree burglary in the Windwood neighborhood where they lived. Woodbury police had been investigating an attempt to start a car on fire when they received multiple reports of attempted break-ins.
Court hearings will take place in the historic Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater for the first time in more than 40 years as part of an event celebrating the building's 150th anniversary. The building is the oldest standing courthouse in Minnesota. It was the venue for the county's court proceedings until 1975, when construction wrapped up on the Washington County Government Center. The Washington County District Courts invites the public to a welcoming ceremony starting 8:50 a.m. Friday, June 2, at the historic courthouse, 101 West Pine Street in Stillwater.
A Woodbury man is accused of starting a fire in a home after the occupants allegedly rejected his self-invitation inside. Prosecutors charged Ayden Michael McGinty-Garza, 21, with felony first-degree arson and second-degree burglary following his arrest May 17. According to a criminal complaint, the occupants of a home in the 2700 block of Hilo Avenue in Oakdale called the police May 16 to remove McGinty-Garza from the property. The occupant told police McGinty-Garza came to the front door and said he was invited to a party there. No one at the home recognized him.
Authorities are advising St. Croix River boaters to operate watercrafts at slow speeds between Taylor Falls, Minn. and Prescott, Wis. starting Wednesday, May 24. Predicted high river levels prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to enact a "no-wake zone" in that area, which is expected to last through Sunday, May 28. The DNR expects the river level in Stillwater, Minn. to exceed 683 feet during that time. Weather conditions like rain, however, may affect the river levels and extend the no-wake zone time period.
Hunting will no longer be permitted on portions of land in south Woodbury following modifications to the city's hunting map. The move will close off sections of land near Lake, Cottage Grove Drive and Brookview following City Council approval May 10. The areas had previously been listed as restricted, which means a permit and landowner permission were required to hunt there. The city updates the map every two to three years to accommodate development. The last update was in 2015.