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The man accused of holding a group of people hostage in 2012 during a deadly night at Woodbury's Red Roof Inn will spend at least 24 years in prison under a plea agreement reached Thursday. Demetrius Santreell Ballinger, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts, including criminal sexual conduct and attempted murder.
Police were called May 28 to the 1000 block of Briar Glen Lane for an anonymous report of juveniles beating on a wagon with sticks. Police found kids playing in a garage. "No beat up wagons visible," the report states. Police responded May 28 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a report of a shoplifter fleeing. An officer stopped a vehicle the suspect was in on Interstate 94, where stolen items were recovered. During the stop, a woman in the vehicle had a medical emergency that required her to be hospitalized.
Major outdoor sporting goods retailer Cabela's has submitted an application to build an 85,000 square foot store south of Interstate 94 and west of Radio Drive in Woodbury. Foundation work is expected to begin soon, now that a grading permit has been requested and is expected to be approved by City Council Wednesday, June 12. Store officials hope to get a head start on road alignment work so that it doesn't interfere with building construction schedule, Community Development Director Dwight Picha said.
East Ridge free pole vault camp East Ridge pole vault coach Mark Haesly is holding free pole vault camp at the East Ridge High School track, beginning June 17. Any student entering sixth grade and up can attend the camp, which is in its fourth year. Freshman who will be attending East Ridge this fall and are interested in pole vaulting next season are encouraged to attend. The camp is intended to teach beginners the fundamentals and safety of the sport. The camp will be held every Monday and Wednesday (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through July.
New Life Academy's quest for a fifth state championship in the past six years was cut short by last year's Class A runner-up Blooming Prairie and star pitcher Shelbi Swenson. Swenson, a senior, held powerful New Life Academy (18-4) to four hits and one run, striking out eight, in a 3-1 win over the Eagles in the Class A state championship game on Friday, June 7, at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Swenson allowed just three runs total in three state tournament games for the Awesome Blossoms (23-3). "She's a very good pitcher," New Life head coach Mick Ramey said.
For the Woodbury boys track team it wasn't as much about the start of Saturday at the Class AA state meet as it was about the finish. The Royals crowned a state champion in the long jump with senior Johnathan Osifuye taking the top spot with a jump of 22 feet, 3 inches, finished second in the 1600-meter relay with a school-record time of 3 minutes, 17.88 seconds and placed fifth in the 400-meter relay, improving on its sixth seeding. Woodbury battled with Wayzata in the 1600-meter relay final in an entertaining end to this year's state meet.
Nate Roese's record-breaking 400 wasn't the only standout performance for the Raptors at this year's state track and field meet. With 17 athletes competing, East Ridge earned six all-state honors - reserved for the top nine finishes in each event - at this year's Class AA state meet, held June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul. "Overall, I'm thrilled," East Ridge head coach Shannon Rainey said.
Now that it appears summer is here, it's time to pull out our clothes that are more form fitting and revealing. Are you ready for this? Did you stay in shape over this incredibly long winter so that you can put on last year's wardrobe, or do you need to succumb to a trip to the mall? Taking time each day to notice what we're eating, how much we're moving and taking in good exercise and how much stress we allow to permeate our lives is the concern of Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician interested in Functional Medicine.
Recently District 833 announced the plan to discontinue class ranking. Beginning next year, East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools will no longer report student ranking, "unless there is an unlikely event in which not doing so puts our students at a disadvantage." The decision was made by the district's secondary school principals. I was surprised and disappointed by the decision.
Randy Melbourne, please move over. East Ridge senior Nate Roese broke Melbourne's 20-year-old Minnesota all-time record in the 400-meter dash to win a second state championship in the event at the Class AA state track and field meet, held Saturday, June 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Roese, the defending state champion in the 400, sprinted to a time of 47.56 seconds in the finals, edging Melbourne's time of 47.59 when he ran for Minneapolis Washburn back in 1993.