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The Stillwater bridge may be well north of Interstate 94, but members of a key transportation group argued Thursday that the outcome of efforts to replace the structure will affect motorists in Woodbury. Gateway commissioners learned at the meeting that I-94 traffic in Woodbury would see a significant rise in congestion by 2030 without a new Stillwater bridge, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation study.
A man who admitted to moving pounds of marijuana through his Woodbury residence sentenced to jail time late last month by a Washington County District Court judge. Jacob Kenneth Rehling, 20, was ordered to serve 90 days in jail and up to five years on probation at the Feb. 25 sentencing hearing.
Woodbury was no match Friday for one of the top teams in the state, ending their season with a loss during quarterfinal play in the Section 4AAAA tournament. The Titans, playing on their home court, cruised to victory over Woodbury 64-46. Tartan used a smothering defense to force turnovers and fast-break points for which the Royals couldn't find an answer. Woodbury coach Scott Swansson said Tartan, ranked No. 7 in the state, was tough on the other end of the court, too. "They space the floor well, so it's hard to guard all five guys," he said after the game.
Dave Preller's head coaching career at Woodbury High School came to an end Thursday in the Section 4AAAA championship game against White Bear Lake. The Bears nipped the Royals 42-39, sending White Bear Lake to the state tournament. Preller said it was odd looking up at the scoreboard for the last time, but said the game won't be one he'll analyze the rest of his days off the court "I don't know that I'm going to relive any part of this game," said Preller, who coached at Woodbury for 24 years.
A Woodbury burglary suspect collared with the help of the victim was sentenced last month to six months in jail. Richard Balfour, 21, was convicted Feb. 10 of first-degree burglary and felony theft as part of a plea agreement. Washington County District Court Judge Mary Hannon sentenced him at the same hearing to the jail stay, which includes a 20-year probationary term and a $50 fine.
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A Woodbury Postal Credit Union employee was sentenced today to 15 months in prison on federal mail fraud charges that he scammed a computer parts manufacturer out of $388,000. U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim issued the sentence following a November 2010 guilty plea by the suspect, Phillip Adrian Webb, of Brooklyn Park. According to a Department of Justice press release, Webb admitted that between June 1, 2007, and Oct. 11, 2009, he falsely notified Cisco Systems, Inc., that various computer parts at his workplace were faulty.
The vibrant culture Richard E. Nelson first experienced in the mountains of Guatemala is beginning to fade. Cell phones and the Internet have infiltrated the remote indigenous cultures that grabbed his attention in the 1970s, where he was drawn to the villagers' painstaking process of weaving colorful garments. "In the modern world, they're going away," Nelson, a White Bear Lake resident, said of the colorful, complex textiles woven by Guatemala's indigenous people.
The man who plotted to kill a random Woodbury resident in 2008 was civilly committed Thursday by a Washington County judge who pointed to strong evidence that the man was planning more violence. Judge Greg Galler found 21-year-old Woodbury resident Andrew James Busskohl mentally ill and dangerous following a three-day court trial. He will be placed at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. "There is a substantial likelihood that Mr.
East Ridge earned a clean sweep of rival Woodbury Friday night in the cross-town matchup to end the season. The Raptors topped the Royals 79-71 in the game, held at Woodbury High School. East Ridge held a slim 31-29 lead at the half, but opened it up quickly into the second frame, at one point leading by double-digits. Woodbury narrowed the gap, bringing the game within four points with time running out. "When you play Woodbury, there's no safe lead," East Ridge coach Paul Virgin said after the game. "I didn't relax until the buzzer." Adam Schwartz led the Raptors with 24 points.