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Dawn Jurkovich had known little about co-working when she started her hunt for Woodbury office spaces earlier this year. The concept took root more than a decade ago, eschewing the traditional "executive suite" office setup in favor of spaces that combine private offices and communal workspaces. A former partner at a downtown Minneapolis financial firm, Jurkovich sought a different growth direction and helped found Releve, a new wealth management firm, earlier this year. Her decision to branch out, however, came before she secured an office space.
One of two men accused of running a sex trafficking operation in Woodbury pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aiding and abetting in the sex trafficking of an individual. Tyree Erik Jones, 23 of Brooklyn Park, faces a maximum 15-year sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for July 14. Woodbury police arrested Jones and Minneapolis resident Deno Williams at the Extended Stay America hotel in December. Officers traced the two men through a post advertising a "2 girl special" on Backpage.com, according to a Washington County court filing.
A Washington County district judge sentenced a Brooklyn Park man to one year in prison and 15 years probation for assaulting a Newport woman while working as a driver for a transportation service. Koji repeatedly asked the woman to hold his hand as she road in the back seat from Inver Grove Heights to Newport, and she refused, according to the criminal complaint. He turned onto a road a several blocks from her home, and said he needed to use the radio then told the woman to sign a form indicating he dropped her off.
A St. Paul man accused of trafficking two female minors for commercial sex in Washington County was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday, July 7. Joshua Carlisle, 25, pleaded guilty in March to promoting prostitution of an individual and trafficking a juvenile individual, both felony charges.
Juan DeAngulo, managing principal with CityPlace developer Elion Partners, hinted at new components to the 100-acre mixed-use commercial campus during a community event celebrating the retail phase completion June 29. The vision for CityPlace, he said, embodies a "live, work, play" ethos. Plans for additional tenants and buildings in the development's office phase are expected to be announced soon.
A wood plank balanced over a pile of stones for a makeshift teeter-totter was one of few things children in San Nicolas, Honduras, had to play with the first time Woodbury High School senior Meghan Rice visited. She and her mother traveled there in 2014 on a mission trip with Crossroads Church in Woodbury, which partnered with a Honduran church to help meet the surrounding communities' needs.
Woodbury residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life and overall feeling of safety, but see lags in diversity and community engagement, according to the results of a recent survey. The city conducts the survey every two years to gauge residents' feelings on what the city does well and which aspects could use improvement. Earlier this year, 1,500 randomly selected residents received a 30-question survey asking them to rate factors like livability and quality of city services. About 460 people — 32 percent of those surveyed — responded.
Should a citizen ever take the law into their own hands? Gunnar "Raven" Ravendal grapples with the question after his niece is murdered by sex traffickers in Prescott author Jerry Rice's premier novel "Raven Avenging." Set in the late 1970s, the story harkens back to the "Minnesota Pipeline," a crime phenomenon in which sex traffickers from the east coast would target the state's abundant population of blonde, blue-eyed women. Raven's niece, Kari, fit the description.
A Woodbury woman faces three felony charges of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Sandra Marjorie Petersen is accused of failure to pay thousands of dollars in home care bills for a dementia patient, whose Social Security income she receives to pay for full-time nursing care, according to a Washington County criminal complaint filed March 21. If convicted, Petersen faces up to 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. An employee at the Woodbury Health Care Center reported to Woodbury police in January that Petersen missed a number of payments over two years.
Plans for a new Woodbury medical office building will move forward following City Council approval of the next CityPlace development phase. Construction on the 54,000-square-foot building will start in August at the site of the former State Farm Insurance building off Radio Drive and south of Interstate 94. The project is scheduled to wrap up early 2018 as part of the office phase of the 100-acre CityPlace development. The building will be located near the The Tria Orthopaedic Center, which is scheduled to open this summer.