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Homelessness isn't always visible but remains persistent in Washington County. The latest statewide survey by the Wilder Foundation shows homeless rates fell for the first time since 2006, but some suburban counties have seen increases. In Washington County, estimated numbers of people who are homeless have remained consistent since 2015. Earlier this year, about 25 volunteers set out on a bitter January night to count the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in Washington County.
Those who knew Kendrick Jordan Jr. say they'll never forget his energy and bright smile. The rising St. Paul Park first-grader died July 8 while swimming at Carver Lake in Woodbury. He was five years old. On July 19, at least 100 community members, teachers, city leaders and students gathered at Pullman Elementary School in St. Paul Park to give their farewell to Jordan.
A Woodbury home furnishing resale store is closing this month. Due to sluggish sales, New Uses will be shuttering its store doors at 8150 Coller Way on July 29. Co-owner Valeta Cornwell said the business fell short of its sales goals, despite her and her partner's best attempts to keep the business afloat. "We're going to miss it. We did our best to make it work," she said, choking back tears. "I still love every bit of it." The store is offering store-wide discounts at 30 percent, followed by discounts at 50 percent starting Friday, July 21.
National children's clothing seller Gymboree is closing more than half of its stores, including eight Minnesota locations. The San Francisco-based clothing chain announced plans Tuesday, July 11 to shutter some 350 stores after filing for bankruptcy last month. Gymboree listed six out of a dozen Minnesota stores it expects to close, including locations in Edina, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Mankato, Maple Grove and Medford.
A 5-year-old boy who went missing July 8 at a Woodbury park Saturday has died. Emergency crews and police responded to the incident after the boy went missing in the water at Carver Lake Park Saturday afternoon. Authorities identified the boy as Kendrick Jordan, Jr. of St. Paul Park. Park-goers and police formed a human chain with about 30 to 50 bystanders and located the boy about 30 feet from the lake's shore. Despite efforts to revive Jordan, he was unresponsive and taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Police are unsure how long he was underwater.
Woodbury Public Safety responded to an apparent drowning Saturday at Carver Lake Park. Emergency crews and police responded to a 911 call after a five-year-old boy went missing in the water after 4:30 p.m. Police formed a human chain with bystanders and located boy about 30 feet from the lake's shore where they began emergency resuscitation.
Portillo's, the famous Chicago eatery known for its hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and chocolate cake, is gearing up for its grand opening in Woodbury. Slated to open Tuesday, July 11, its opening marks the 50th Portillo's location in the country and the first in Minnesota. But before opening its doors and drive-thru, several hundred people got a sneak peak at the restaurant during a soft opening on July 6. While digging into an Italian beef sandwich, Ryan VanByssam of Hudson, Wis. said he had to come check out the Woodbury Portillo's.
Love was in the air during Afton's 119th annual Fouth of July Parade. The annual parade drew thousands to the city's Old Village to not only celebrate Independence Day but also more than a dozen marriage ceremonies aboard the new "Love Float." The rolling wedding stage, created by local minister JP Armstrong, saw more than a dozen couples renew their vows and tie the knot. Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour owners Becky and Paul Nickerson lead the parade as its grand marshals.
A Mahtomedi man faces felony sex trafficking and prostitution-related charges after a Woodbury police investigation found more than a dozen commercial sex advertisements allegedly connected to him. Prosecutors charged Shaun Maubach, 32, with one count of promoting prostitution and sex trafficking of an individual on Friday, June 30. He is being held in the Washington County jail in lieu of $600,000 bail.
Afton's rocky road isn't stopping the city from its annual Independence Day celebration. In its 119th year, organizers are gearing up for the city's Fourth of July Parade. The event sees thousands flock to Afton's Old Village on America's birthday. Selma's Ice Cream Parlour owners Becky and Paul Nickerson will be leading the parade as its grand marshals. Organizers selected the Nickersons because of their work and support in the community.