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Metropolitan areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin have seen significant declines in the number of impaired driving offenses, but the rate of drunken driving in rural areas remains high. Minnesota's Dakota, Washington and Hennepin counties saw the steepest reductions in chronically impaired drivers between 2015 and 2016. Hennepin, Minnesota's largest county, experienced nearly a 100-person drop in DWI convictions for a fourth or higher DWI offense.
A longtime method of charging developers for future roadways in Woodbury is unlawful, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed Monday. The city's practice of charging developers fees for future road improvements fell under legal fire last year when New Brighton-based developer Martin Harstad contested Woodbury's policy after it sought to collect $1.3 million for roads outside of Harstad's 183-home residential project.
With the Craft Beer and Kitchen restaurant poised for demolition in place of four retail buildings, some Woodbury residents are questioning the move and bemoaning the loss of one of the city's few independently-run restaurants. A Florida-based developer submitted plans this spring that would see the restaurant building at 700 Commons Drive cleared for 14,000 square feet of retail space, pending the city council's approval Wednesday, Aug. 30.
A rash of armed hotel robberies across the region has authorities asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. Police have noted five hotel robberies in the past month between 11 p.m. and the early morning hours in Woodbury, Hastings, Red Wing, Inver Grove Heights and North Branch. Woodbury Public Safety described two men in their mid-20s or early-30s.
A man died after being struck by a tanker truck Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury. The incident occurred after 2 p.m. in the northbound lane of Interstate 494, south of the Interstate 94, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The State Patrol said in a statement the crash remains under investigation. Authorities temporarily closed two northbound lanes on I-494.
The body of a 24-year-old Woodbury woman was found last week at Edgewater Park near Colby Lake. Police responded to the Woodbury park just before 7 a.m. Aug. 15 after a park-goer discovered the woman's body. Investigating police found no sign of foul play, and the death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. The National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 800-273-TALK (8255). Additional information is at save.org.
Florida-based developer 700 Comm LLC submitted plans this March that would see the recently-closed Craft Beer and Kitchen restaurant replaced by about 14,000 square feet of retail buildings.
The site of a popular Woodbury restaurants may soon be cleared for new retail space. Florida-based developer 700 Comm LLC submitted plans this March that would see the recently-closed Craft Beer and Kitchen restaurant replaced by about 14,000 square feet of retail buildings. Located off Radio Drive and Tamarack Road, the proposed redevelopment to the 2.3-acre site is slated to go before the Woodbury City Council at the end of the month following the Planning Commission's approval Aug. 7.
The steady increase of ACL injuries among high school athletes has some trainers and sports medicine professionals raising concerns about the prevalence of the painful knee injury. They say the higher level of play and competition, as well as pressures to play one sport in high school, are among the factors driving new injuries. ACL tears often occur in basketball, soccer and football because they involve frequent pivots, shifts and jumps, which put added strain on players' knees.
Alan Voy of the Woodbury YMCA is still decompressing after returning from a recent trip to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Through a partnership between the Twin Cities and Sioux YMCAs, he and other local YMCA workers had been traveling across South Dakota as part of what's called the Sioux Initiative. The program sends workers to several communities within the Cheyenne River Reservation for two weeks, which serves as diversity training method for Y workers. In exchange, children living in those communities get a few hours of physical and recreational activities.