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Washington County prosecutors say a Woodbury man was among several victims of a former central Minnesota sheriff convicted in a swindling scheme. Von Forest Thompson, 55, makes his first appearance Thursday in Washington County District Court on felony charges that he swindled a Woodbury businessman out of $115,000. Thompson was the Kanabec County sheriff from 1983 to 1999. He was convicted in April 2010 of three felony theft charges stemming from a Kanabec County case, where he was accused of running a Ponzi scheme and tax evasion.
Doug Long believes that every few years something magical happens on the hockey rink. Maybe you don't realize it at the time, the East Ridge boys hockey coach said. But eventually it sinks in. Long thinks he's going through one of those experiences right now - and this time the magic of the moment is crystal clear to him.
Woodbury City Council members moved ahead Wednesday with an effort to help occupy the vacant State Farm Insurance building. The body, acting in its Economic Development Authority capacity, approved up to $50,000 in funding to hire a law firm to draw up a plan to map out a strategy for the property. City officials said that action could include a legislative proposal.
A night of shoplifting turned sour when a Woodbury man's purported accomplice allegedly became his robbery victim. Stefon Banks, 20, was charged with first-degree burglary while committing an assault following a Jan. 13 incident at a Woodbury residence. He makes his initial court appearance today. According to a complaint filed in Washington County District Court, Banks and a juvenile male were involved in a 6 p.m. Jan.
They come to the gym for about an hour, but it really all comes down to roughly 10 minutes. Ten minutes of what participants call the most grueling workout they've ever put themselves through. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done for a workout," said Woodbury resident Mike Koeplin. He and his son Cody were participants last week at CrossFit Woodbury. Owner Matt Burns, a fitness expert who specializes in the CrossFit program, which is geared toward athletes, opened the gym in October. The business is located at 680 Commerce Drive, Ste.
On Jan. 12, Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens took the oath of office - the first time in 18 years the city swore in a mayor not named Bill Hargis. Giuliani Stephens sat down with the Woodbury Bulletin last week to go over her new position with the city and what the future might bring. Woodbury Bulletin: You take the reins after longtime Mayor Bill Hargis. Do you feel like those are big shoes to fill? Mary Giuliani Stevens: The way I look at it was Bill had 18 years. So I don't have the 18 years there. So I kind of take it a day at a time.
Woodbury police went under international investigation last week - voluntarily, of course. Three Dutch police officers got an up-close look at the American criminal justice system during a brief stay with Woodbury police. The officers visited Woodbury as part of a master's level criminal investigation program that includes a foreign exchange component. Evert Ziesemer, an officer from the Zaanstreek, Netherlands, police department, said the goal of the visit was to observe and study American investigatory techniques.
Woodbury City Council members expressed interest in hiring a law firm to help find a solution for the vacant State Farm Insurance property. The firm would seek legislative action to "help make this a more competitive site," said City Administrator Clint Gridley.
When Mark Streed thinks back to past winners of Woodbury Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Citizen of the Year Award, he can't help but be impressed. "Those are some incredible people," the incoming chamber chairman said. This year Kim Snyder takes her place on that list, which includes Dick Stafford, Dixie Ewing and Jim Widen. Streed said Snyder, the chamber's membership staff representative, fits right in. "It's a huge honor," he said, "and Kim deserves it for sure." Streed will present Snyder with the award at the chamber's Jan.
One of Woodbury's most conspicuously vacant properties could be open for business this fall if a Twin Cities real estate developer has his way. Wellington Management seeks to redevelop the State Farm Insurance building, with plans to bring 2,100 jobs to the location, which has sat empty since 2005. Steve Wellington, president of Wellington Management, proposes renovating the 420,000 square-foot complex for multiple uses - including the addition of a major retailer - to the tune of $68 million. He said plans call for an $18 million renovation he said is poised to house a Twin Cities-based fi