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WOODBURY — To chords of "Pomp and Circumstance" and "We Are the World," East Ridge seniors celebrated their graduation. Over 400 students marched through the East Ridge gymnasium to receive their diplomas the afternoon of June 3. Class co-presidents Regan Dolezal and Julia Travis, and David Edgerton III addressed their fellow seniors on their last day together.
ST. PAUL — Nicholas Anderson doesn't know how long he laid on the railroad tracks before help arrived. The Canadian Pacific Rail employee from Plymouth was working on repairs when he was in a severe accident on the railroad tracks near Cottage Grove in February. Eventually, his coworkers found him and called for EMS crews. Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park first responders arrived on the scene and quickly wrapped three tourniquets on his legs. The tourniquets stopped the heavy bleeding until he could arrive at Regions Hospital for surgery.
A fleeing suspect led police on a chase through Cottage Grove resulting in two damaged squad cars and SWAT team barricade on Granada Avenue Friday afternoon.
The HERO Center finally made it off the Governor's desk with a signature. The HERO (Health and Emergency Response Occupations) Center was included in the nearly $1.5 billion bonding bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton May 30.
MINNEAPOLIS — The East Ridge High School ERRORs Robotics Team finished in second place at the University of Minnesota May 19 during the Minnesota State High School League Championship. The ERRORs won seven matches and lost one to come back for their final and semi-final matches, ending with an overall second place finish. The Math and Science Academy team, The Fighting Calculators, also cracked the semi-finals.
WOODBURY — Two fallen soldiers were given a special salute at the Woodbury Veterans Memorial on the City Hall campus for the Memorial Day program. Hosted by the Woodbury VFW Post 9024 and the Woodbury American Legion Post 501, Ranger Battalion Cpl. Ben Kopp and retired Lt. Col. Harold Gifford, were given special recognition. Kopp, from Rosemount, served two tours in Iraq before one last tour in Afghanistan. While there he was shot in the leg. After facing complications from the injury, he was declared brain dead in the military hospital.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County Community Services is seeking to switch up its 24-hour mental health and emergency social services responses by moving contracted services back in-house. The county currently contracts crisis services through Canvas Health, which provides after-hour and holiday mobile crisis services for mental health, child protections and other social services emergencies.
WOODBURY — Six South Washington County Schools teams finished in the top 10 at the state U.S. Academic Triathlon (USAT) tournament which took place at Woodbury Middle School May 12. Each team completed skits, answered trivia questions and tested on various skills. Almost 175 teams competed in the triathlon.
The Minnesota Department of Education named nine East Ridge and Woodbury High School students Scholars of Distinction May 12. Students earned awards by doing self-directed research. East Ridge High Schooler Eesha Bharti earned the Science Scholars of Distinction Award for the project, "Causes of Alzheimer's Disease: Genetic Differences between Early- and Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease." Four East Ridge students earned the Theater Arts Scholars of Distinction Award.