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OAKDALE, Minn. -- When Raymond “Bud” Temme stepped off a train at Union Depot in St. Paul just after Christmas in 1945, his wife, Trudy, didn’t even know he was coming back. The war had ended months before, and soldiers like Bud were slowly making their way back home. "It wasn't like the communication the kids have today," Trudy said. "You just waited." When the pair reunited, there wasn’t a long, bending kiss like the iconic photo of the sailor kissing a nurse. Instead, Trudy handed a 9-month-old baby to her husband. Life kind of went on from there, she said.
Afton’s wastewater treatment project is a go. After a tight time crunch to get approval before July 1, the Afton City Council approved a contractor’s bid and received state certification for the city’s wastewater treatment overhaul. The city could have lost out on about $2 million in state grants if approved after July 1, which coincides with the end of the fiscal year. On Thursday, the city council approved a $1,826,724 contract to Ellingson Drainage for the project's construction.
Starting next year, Woodbury's mayor and city council are getting a raise. With Woodbury's growing population, the city council approved increasing the mayor and city council members' wages to that of similar-sized cities. Under the approved plan, council members will earn anywhere from $10,296 to $11,380 per year, up from $9,660 currently. The mayor's yearly pay could also increase to $14,946, up from $13,334, including a monthly $100 allowance for driving and parking. Council will further discuss the exact salary amounts for final approval in December.
Time is ticking down for the city of Afton to move ahead on its sewer plan or it might lose out on state grants to help fund the project. The city has until the end the day on June 30 to get certification from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) before beginning the 25-acre wastewater treatment project can begin. If approved after the deadline, the city could lose out on almost $2 million in state grants as the the fiscal year ends at the end of the month.
Chuck and Don’s, the high-end pet food and supplies store, opened a new location in Woodbury.
Recent flooding that put strawberry farmers’ crop at risk and forecasts for thunderstorms didn’t washout Afton’s annual Strawberry Festival this year. The two-day festival, which runs the weekend of June 25, featured several family-friendly activities, including live music, art, and yes of course, strawberries.
A Chisago County District Court judge handed down at 13-year prison sentence for 31-year-old Aaron Schnagl for the murder of 27-year-old Danielle Jelinek. In packed courtroom Friday morning in Center City, Minn., county prosecutors, defense and family members from both families gave their final words during the sentencing. Schagl was found guilty of third-degree murder in February after a jury ruled he gave his girlfriend Jelinek the cocaine that led to her death by overdose.
Woodbury city leaders returned from Denver last Monday with their heads high after being named finalists for the All America City award, one of the oldest national community and local government awards. The National Civic League, a nonprofit that advocates for open and effective local government has hosted the event since 1949. Winning cities mostly gain boasting rights, but the event, which was hosted the weekend of June 17, also gives cities an opportunity to network and exchange culture.
Entrepreneur Magazine has named Woodbury-based Anytime Fitness as the No. 1 global franchise for the second year in a row as part of the magazine's Top Global Franchise list. The magazine reviewed the company's size, growth rate and financial strength while also factoring international size and growth rate to rank the company before releasing the rankings June 22. Averaging more than 300 new gyms each year during the past nine years, the 24-hour fitness chain is the world's largest and fastest-growing fitness chain.