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On May 28 three recent graduates of local high schools described their experience gaining admission to America's most selective universities before a packed lecture hall at Woodbury High School. Kevin Ig-Izevbekhai is a 2012 graduate of East Ridge High School and now a sophomore pre-med major at Yale University. Ashley Longseth is a 2009 graduate of Park High School and senior economics major at Wellesley College.
Woodbury, as we now know it, didn't exist in 1985. The retail shopping Woodbury is now known for was limited, as was population in the little east metro city of about 15,000. That was what the community looked like when David Jessup arrived here as Woodbury's first city engineer. Then came the boom of the 1990s and the development that ensued -- both residential and commercial.
Afton's city administrator is looking for work in a nearby Washington County community. Ron Moorse, who was hired on full-time as Afton's top administrator in September 2012, is one of four finalists for a similar job in Bayport. Dave Unmecht, a search consultant for Bayport, confirmed Moorse is a finalist for Bayport's city administrator job.
Afton Planning Commission approves chicken ordinance amendments Afton's chicken ordinance could be receiving some tweaks. Afton Planning Commission voted during its June 3 meeting to recommend approval of three amendments to the city's ordinance regulating the keeping of chickens on parcels with less than five acres. Commissioner Kris Kopitzke, serving as chairman during last week's meeting, cast the only "no" vote following a public hearing on the amendments. "It's just little tweakings of the ordinance," he said. "On principle, I don't like to see us doing this constantly.
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.