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It has been an incredibly emotional period for many of us in the Stillwater Area Public Schools' community. In a few short days we've celebrated with hundreds of our young people as they prepare for the next exciting stage of their lives, and we've cried as a school family as we've said goodbye to an inspirational young man who left us far too soon.
Sen. Susan Kent along with other legislators ran on a platform they were going to pay back the school shift. The school shift suddenly was not important to pay back at the end of the session. Besides not paying back the school shift, they added more money to the budget to pay the schools. Does anyone really believe this money is going to improve the schools? Does Sen. Kent believe we have a balanced budget, even though the school district has not been paid back? Karen Bauman - Woodbury
You thought there was a big crowd last weekend at East Ridge High School for graduation? Just you wait. On Friday evening, the school's football stadium will fill with scores of people dedicated to fighting cancer. They will be part of the Relay for Life of South Washington County -- an event that raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The event commemorates those who have survived cancer, as well as those who have lost the battle. Both sides of the battle will be honored during Relay's moving Luminaria ceremony, where illuminated bags encircle the stadium's track.
A Woodbury woman is accused by Washington County prosecutors of posing as the bait that led to a home invasion in Lakeland Shores. Michelle Ann Roach, 27, allegedly sent a text to a man in April indicating she wanted to stay at his house for the night. The man agreed, but when Roach arrived, she allegedly brought two men in tow who robbed the Lakeland Shores man and beat him, leaving him with a golf ball-sized lump on his head and sore ribs. Roach was charged with one count of aiding and abetting first-degree robbery.
The New Life Academy softball team is back where it's used to being. The Eagles earned a trip to the Class A state championship with a 6-4 win over Eden-Valley Watkins in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon. New Life (18-3) scored twice in the bottom of the first to take the lead before Eden Valley tied it up with two in the top of the fourth. New Life, ranked second in Class A, struck again in the fifth plating four runs off four hits. All six runs New Life scored in the game were unearned.
An Afton man was killed Wednesday in a boat crash on the St. Croix River. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, David Joseph Riley, 40, was killed and two others were injured in the crash. The two people injured were identified as Patrick Anthony Puhalla, 46, Bayport, and Daniel Michael Schultz, 55, Hudson. They were hospitalized with "undetermined injuries," according to authorities. The sheriff's report said Puhalla apparently was the owner and operator of the boat when it smashed into a rock face north of the Kinnickinnic State Park beach on the Wisconsin side of the St.
Passengers were back on their way to Chicago around 2 p.m. Thursday -- about a half hour after a bomb scare aboard the bus they were on was pulled over in Woodbury led to a temporary evacuation of the vehicle. Minnesota State Patrol Lt.
The New Life Academy softball team earned revenge against defending state champion Cherry. The second-ranked Eagles took down ninth-ranked Cherry 6-3 in the first round of the Class A state tournament this morning to advance to the semifinals. New Life Academy (17-3) opened a 2-1 lead in the first inning on Cherry then added a run in the second, a run in the third, a run in the fourth and a run in the sixth to pull away from the Tigers (21-3). New Life will now face Eden Valley Watkins (15-4) in the second round at 3 p.m. today at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Police were called May 21 to Chipotle, 7455 Currell Blvd., for an assault report. A worker who had just been fired punched a door, nearly striking incoming customers. Police determined no assault occurred. Officers responded May 22 to an anonymous road rage report on Interstate 94 near Woodbury Drive. A black truck and a white sedan were spotted swerving at each other at a high rate of speed. A Woodbury woman reported May 23 that a hold had been put on her mail that was not requested. Police determined that hold was placed due to a mistake at the post office.
Manning Avenue construction in the works SRF Consulting Group, Inc. was hired to study a road project on County Highway 15 (Manning Avenue) from Interstate 94 in Woodbury, up to Highway 5 in Stillwater. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $618,000 contract with the firm on May 28. The project is a preliminary design study for the corridor and includes environmental documentation. The analysis will include the analysis of two roads intersecting with County Highway 15: County Highway 14 (Olinda Boulevard North) and Highway 5.