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AFTON — Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church installed Jeremey King as its next senior pastor on Feb. 17. He succeeds Pastor Steve Kramer, who retired after leading the congregation for 35 years. King comes to the church after being the lead pastor at Radiant Church in Huntington Beach, Calif., since 2009. Before that, he spent more than 10 years performing various roles in congregations serving over 1,000 members.
A 54-year-old White Bear Lake, Minn., man arrested and charged with felony fleeing a peace officer after leading authorities on a multistate chase for the second time in as many years, told police he would have "went down with guns and glory" if he had a gun, according to additional criminal charges filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Following his role in the Jan. 16 chase that began in Washington County, Minn., and ended in eastern St. Croix County, Dean Alan Curley made at least two separate phone calls from jail that same day, according to the criminal complaint.
WOODBURY — VFW Post 9024 and American Legion Post 501 hosted the first-ever Joint Annual Awards banquet on Feb. 21, at Green Mill Restaurant in Woodbury. The awards were hosted by VFW Post 9024 Commander Paul Lindahl and American Legion Post 501 Commander Tom Grezek. The two groups presented the following awards: Veterans Service Awards — Thallassa Gunelius, eligibility specialist veterans service division and Ryan Carufel, Washington County veterans service officer.
A former Woodbury resident was sentenced Feb. 13 to a minimum of 46 years in prison on charges of sexual assault. Brad Joseph Gniewek, 37, was convicted on nine counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Tuscola County, Mich., where he committed crimes against his ex-wife while they were married. He is currently being held in a Michigan Department of Corrections facility, according to sentencing records.
The Woodbury/South Washington County Bulletin has confirmed an earlier Pioneer Press report that East Ridge wrestling coach Travis VanDeWiele has resigned his position as of Tuesday, Feb. 26. Asked Tuesday if VanDeWiele had resigned his position as a wrestling coach, East Ridge Activities Director Sara Palodichuk texted "Yes he did." Check back for more information as the story develops.
Author Don Winslow will visit R.H. Stafford Library from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, as part of Club Book, a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency. Over the past three decades, Winslow, a thriller novelist, has published more than 20 books including: "The Death and Life of Bobby Z," "Savages," and "The Power of the Dog" — the first of a trilogy about DEA agent Art Keller's decades-long war with a Mexican drug kingpin. The trilogy's conclusion, "The Border," debuts Feb. 26.
The month of February is National Heart Awareness Month. It is important for us to keep our hearts healthy. A healthy heart allows efficient delivery of oxygenated blood and nutrients to our cells and waste out of our body. Monitoring blood pressure Heart disease is infamously known as the "silent killer" since signs or symptoms often go unnoticed. According to the American Heart Association, blood pressures of less than 120/80 are considered within the normal range. If you have a high blood pressure, please consult your doctor.
The Woodwinds Health Campus Green Team — a band of environmentally conscious individuals — recently partnered with Good in the Hood's Shoe Away Hunger program and took on shoe recycling. Not only does the program repurpose shoes, which keeps them out of landfills, but it also feeds people in need.
The following area schools are closed Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, due to snow.
Nita Qiu, a 16-year-old pianist from Woodbury, won first place with a performance of Frederic Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 2" at the YPSCA's annual Concerto Competition on Feb. 3 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. In claiming first place, Qiu received $1,500 from the Edwin and Edith Norberg Fund as well as a chance to star as soloist on the Orchestra Hall stage in a set of Young People's concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2019-20 season. Qiu is the daughter of May Chang and Lin Qiu, and she studies piano with Joseph Zins of St. Paul.