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A Minneapolis man charged with promoting prostitution was sentenced to 10 years of probation on March 4 by the Washington County District Court. Johnny Shamar Williams, 35, will also spend a total of 365 days in jail minus the 198 days he served before the sentencing. According to the criminal complaint, the charge related to an undercover operation conducted by the East Metro Human Trafficking Task Force, a unit established in 2015 by the Washington County Attorney's Office with the goal of pursuing and prosecuting labor and sex trafficking.
Washington County Historic Courthouse is hosting the exhibit Spokes and Folks: The Evolution of Bikes and Trails in Washington County, which will open June 1 and run through 2019. To launch the exhibit, the county is seeking loaned contributions of bicycle artifacts, such as horns, bells, helmets, historic bikes or a new bike for display. All things bicycling are welcome, such as bike accessories or parts, cycling clothes or jerseys, stories of biking in Washington County, photographs, biking objects or documents.
Members of the Woodbury Ambassador Royal Family visited seven elementary schools and three preschools this month, reading to children as part of February's "I Love to Read" month activities. "This is one of my favorite volunteer events of the year," said queen Jordyn Yourczek, Miss Woodbury. "Sharing our love of reading, and inspiring children to make it a lifelong activity, is a gift for all of us."
With another winter storm forecast to affect the region this weekend, Xcel Energy reminds customers to prepare for severe weather. The company is also monitoring the forecast and is prepared to increase staff or send employees where they may be needed to restore power in the event of storm-related outages, according to a news release.
University of Iowa The following student was recently named to the University of Iowa dean's list in Iowa City, Iowa for fall 2018: Afton — Laren Chang and Jason Heegaard Woodbury — Theresa Baranick, Britta Bjerke, Mitchell Carlson, Emma Connors, Maureen Hughes, Emily Kriegl, Madeline Lawrence, Riley Madigan, Andrew McKeen, Alexa Mouton, Megan Rosenbrook, Lauren Vasilakos and Charles Wolfe. *** The following students were recently named to the University of Iowa president's list (4.0 GPA) in Iowa City, Iowa for fall 2018:
Artists of Woodbury, a regional arts organization, has its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road. Artists, as well as art supporters and enthusiasts are invited to the meeting. The meeting's focus is to identify the future direction for the group. "We are excited to meet after being busy with holiday shows and sales." said Greg Kraft, sculptor and member of Artists of Woodbury.
The Tartan Knowledge Bowl team of (from left to right): Josh Marchetti, Adam Wersonske, Cade Severson, Alex Lopez and Sam Meyer finished in fourth place out of 120 teams. The team became the first from Tartan to qualify for the state tournament. The team is coached by Tartan social studies teachers Doug Norlander and Glenn Hansen. Submitted photo
Eighth-grader Landon Wahlquist sang his way to victory at Lake Middle School's first Lake's Got Talent show. Landon competed the past two years in the school's Lake Idol singing competition, making it to the third round in seventh grade. This year, the school changed the format, allowing students with talents other than singing to also compete. Fifteen students were selected in initial auditions to perform during the final round Feb. 5. The contestants included a magician, violinist, pianist, dancers and vocalists.
Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), a leading worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Glenwood City High School. The funding was made possible through the Donaldson Company Foundation, which strives to provide equitable access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines through grants that increase youth engagement and learning in these areas of study.
After more than two years of planning, community input and revision, the District 622 School Board unanimously approved asking residents to support improvements to the district's schools to provide safe, up-to-date and healthy learning environments. The bond referendum request will come to voters on a May 14 election. If approved by voters, funds would be used to: • Add secure entrances to all schools • Provide all schools with modern furniture and flexible classroom spaces for independent, small group, and large group learning