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A convicted pimp has been charged — again — with sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution. Sandy W. Yancy, 35, Minneapolis was charged on Monday by the Washington County Attorney’s office. Yancy was also convicted in 2013 of felony promotion of prostitution in Olmsted County, and sentenced to almost three years in jail. According to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, the charges are another victory for the East Metro Human Trafficking Task Force, which was formed in 2017.
A new Barnes & Noble bookstore is coming to Woodbury, company officials said Thursday. The $1.4 million store will be built in CityPlace, the mixed-use development on former State Farm property at Interstate 94 and Radio Drive. According to company plans, it will be built next to the Sierra Trading Post and will open in May 2019.
ST. PAUL — At two of Minnesota's most troubled prisons — Oak Park Heights and Stillwater — assaults by inmates against inmates increased by 20 percent in one year, according to figures released Monday by the state Department of Corrections. The increase is less than that of inmates' assaults of prison employees, which more than doubled in the year ending June 30.
ST. PAUL — Watching grocery stores spread is usually like watching ice cream melt. By that standard, Hy-Vee Supermarkets is on a fast boil — on track to have 12 supermarkets in the metro area by the end of next year. Already, Hy-Vee has become one of the area's biggest supermarket chains in only three years. "We are thrilled to have Hy-Vee," said Dan Buchholtz, administrator of Spring Lake Park, which will soon have a Hy-Vee at Minnesota 65 and 81st Avenue. "I think Hy-Vee is being heartily welcomed wherever they go," said Buchholtz.
STILLWATER, Minn.—It's the bridge that changed everything. Since the new St. Croix River bridge opened one year ago, the impact has rippled outward — boosting tourism, business, housing and civic pride as far as 15 miles away. Above all, it has given Carole Van Valkenburg her town back. "Oh, my God, it was always a big ordeal to get into Stillwater," said Van Valkenburg. "But now, it's like a small town again."
ST. PAUL — A supersized Ice Palace is being planned for the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival — to coincide with the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis — and west central Minnesota is likely to play a big role. The $15 million structure is expected to be built on the grounds of the state Capitol, according to a presentation Monday, Aug. 7, at the annual meeting of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which oversees the annual Winter Carnival.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Mark Connolly is chasing shadows. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Connolly, who will be driving from Roseville to Missouri with his wife and three grandchildren to see a solar eclipse Aug. 21. He will be part of what's expected to be a big migration in U.S. history — as millions of Americans travel to see the shadow of the moon cross the continental U.S. The last time a solar eclipse could be seen coast-to-coast was 1918, and the next one will be in 2024.
Jim Currell was being naughty. To get to school one morning, he rode a horse from his father's 240-acre farm. As he clopped up to the building, his sixth-grade friends were impressed — but not the principal. "She said, 'Well, you can turn around and ride it back home,'" recalled Currell, who has lived in Woodbury all of his 66 years.
Woodbury The mall for the internet age is unfolding in Woodbury. The 100-acre CityPlace project is a winners' circle for the survivors of online competition, with the real-life losers conspicuously absent. The design was driven by a fresh look at what a mixed-use project should be, said Juan DeAngulo, partner with the Miami-based developer Elion. "We look at the fundamental uses," he said — which are not the uses that customers made of shopping malls in the past.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—Pat Beard, a former state representative from Cottage Grove, died Tuesday of complications related to exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War. He was 69. "His death was brought on as a result of his loyalty to his country," said Mike Sieben, who left his Minnesota legislator's post in 1982 and was followed by Beard. "Pat was a proud Democrat," Sieben said. "But more important than that, he was a proud American."