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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.
ST. PAUL — After a district court ruled that a Woodbury fee used to pay for roads was illegal, the Minnesota Court of Appeals heard arguments last week that seek clarity on whether Minnesota cities can charge developers for public infrastructure needed as a result of a project. The appeal, brought on by Woodbury, stems from a lawsuit filed by Martin Harstad, a New Brighton-based developer who Woodbury asked to pay roughly $1.3 million for road construction miles from his 183-residential neighborhood called Bailey Park.
With the deadliest stretch of vehicle crashes beginning in the summer months, officials are raising concerns about teenage drivers who will soon be sharing Minnesota and Wisconsin roads during the busiest travel time of the year. Dubbed the "100 Deadliest Days," the roughly three-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day accounted for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities in Minnesota and Wisconsin last year. Officials in both states say teenage drivers — due to several factors — are at a heightened risk for being involved in a fatal crash.
Andy Mailer was in for a surprise last week. He was touring what he thought was a housing project his mom had completed for work in Woodbury. But when he entered a garage at the Autumn Ridge housing development, more than a dozen people dawning Mickey Mouse hats greeted him with the news: He and his family would be going to Disney World. As a wide smile appeared on his face, and Mailer, 10, of White Bear Lake let out an "oh." The trip was made through a partnership between the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Custom One Homes.
Woodbury THRIVES is inviting residents ages 55 and older to meet their neighbors at a social and walking event later this month. The grassroots health and wellness group is holding its "Coffee, Tea & Walk for Free!" event from 6-10 a.m. June 29 at the HealthEast Sports Center. The free event includes walks in the field house and conversations over coffee, tea and treats. Organizers also plan to hold a prize raffle.
A medical examiner has identified the body of 27-year-old Ken Xiong of Woodbury as the man who died in an apparent drowning in Lake Elmo Thursday, June 15. Police said Xiong and two other people had been fishing on Lake Jane when their canoe capsized at about 11 a.m. Authorities said windy conditions played a role in the boat becoming flooded with water causing it to sink. Only one person aboard was wearing a lifejacket.
A third hotel may be coming to Woodbury's CityPlace. Georgia-based hotel chain UpTown Suites is proposing to build a four story, 131-room hotel at the mixed-use site located south of Interstate 94 off of Radio Drive. Developers plan to build the economy-priced hotel a short distance from the Residence Inn by Marriott and the 120-room Marriott Courtyard Hotel, which is under construction.
After a family-owned grocery on Woodbury's west side opened two years ago, owners at the Spice Bazaar recently opened a butcher shop that sells everything from goat and lamb to free-range chickens. Located in the same strip mall as the international grocery store, the Spice Bazaar's owners said the decision to open Spice Bazaar - Halal Meats came largely from customers' requests for fresh meats. But the market didn't have the space to meet the request.