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Thunderbolts roll to 11-0

Nick Jones of the Thunderbolts powers in a goal late in the game against Dakota United Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2018. John Molene / Sports Writer1 / 4
South Washington County goalie Carson Rinnels (2) and center Greta Klinga knock a shot away early in the game against Dakota United Wednesday at Park High School. John Molene / Sports Writer2 / 4
Eighth grader Elliott Miller of the Thunderbolts advances the puck down the floor in the fourth quarter against Dakota United. John Molene / Sports Writer3 / 4
Senior Sydney Sexton of the Thunderbolts celebrates a late goal against Dakota United. John Molene / Sports Writer4 / 4
Tyler Tinucci powered in five goals and the South Washington County Thunderbolts rolled to their 11th straight win of the adapted floor hockey season Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Thunderbolts dispatched ...

Boys' hockey: East Ridge advances with overtime win over Park

East Ridge's Marco Troje (37) is all smiles as he leaves the ice Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Troje had a hat trick to lead the Raptors to a 4-3 overtime win over Park in a section play-in game at Cottage Grove. John Molene / Sports Writer 1 / 4
Park's Anthony Brings battles East Ridge junior defender Nick Basten for the puck in the third period Tuesday. John Molene / Sports Writer 2 / 4
Park senior forward Grant Glazier looks for an opening in the East Ridge defense in the third period Tuesday in a section play-in matchup. John Molene / Sports Writer3 / 4
Park's Keegan Wohnoutka and an East Ridge player fight for control of the puck in the third period at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. John Molene / Sports Writer4 / 4
Sophomore forward Marco Troje scored a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to lead a surging East Ridge to a 4-3 win over Park in the Section 3AA ...

Park girls hang on to beat visiting East Ridge

Park senior guard Chloe Venegas harasses East Ridge's Ellie Swanson as she brings the ball up court in the first half Tuesday. John Molene / Sports Writer 1 / 2
Park senior Molly Wenner goes up for a shot against tough East Ridge interior defense in the second half. Wenner led the Wolfpack with 20 points in Park's 44-33 victory Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. John Molene / Sports Writer 2 / 2
Park’s five starting seniors got to end their regular season home careers with a win, but visiting East Ridge made them work for it. Park snapped a two-game losing streak ...

Royal Family Luau set for March 3

The Woodbury Ambassador Royal Family Luau fundraiser will take place at 6 p.m. on March 3 at Peace of Mind Early Education Center. For $10 per person, visitors get a ...

'It feels unreal': Minnesota's Diggins sprints to long-awaited gold in cross-country

Cross-Country Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Team Sprint Free Finals - Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 21, 2018. Jessica Diggins of the U.S reacts after winning. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins delivered the first Olympic cross-country medal for the United States since 1976 with a stunning victory in a thrilling finish to ...

WATCH: Bigham gets sworn in

Karla Bigham. Submitted photo
Senator-elect Karla Bigham of Cottage Grove was sworn in 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea administered the oath of office The DFLer ...
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Boys' basketball: East Ridge's defense shuts down Royals

East Ridge guard TJ Kelly's defense on Woodbury star Michael Jones was a major factor in the Raptors' 69-44 win at Woodbury Tuesday. Photos by John Molene / Sports Writer 1 / 3
Woodbury's Ryan Christensen (34) is tied up by East Ridge's Zach Zebrowski (5) as he tries to go to the basket in the first half Tuesday. 2 / 3
Woodbury's David Alston (32) goes to the basket in the first half against the defense of East Ridge's Kendall Brown (10). 3 / 3
The first two these two archrivals played this season – a 69-57 Woodbury win at East Ridge back on Jan. 10 – a more experienced Woodbury team took advantage of ...

Woodbury sex trafficking sting yields charges against 18 people

An investigation targeting child sex trafficking over Super Bowl week led to charges against 18 people arrested in Woodbury. The arrests stemmed from a collaborative operation among law enforcement agencies ...

Lake Elmo woman, 25, likely died of hypothermia along rural Cottage Grove Road

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered Feb. 10 along the 6600 block of Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove.
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Attorney general outlines Super Bowl sex trafficking sting in St. Croix County

St. Croix County Sheriff's Office investigative Sgt. Brandie Hart, New Richmond police Lt. Veronica Koehler and River Falls Deputy Chief Jon Aubart were among those joining Attorney General Brad Schimel at a Friday news conference in Hudson. He and others discussed a Super Bowl-timed sex sting in St. Croix County. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia
HUDSON — Authorities said a two-day sting last week led to the rescue of human trafficking victims and would-be prostitution customers in St. Croix County. The operation was timed months ...
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