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An Afton man was killed Wednesday in a boat crash on the St. Croix River. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, David Joseph Riley, 40, was killed and two others were injured in the crash. The two people injured were identified as Patrick Anthony Puhalla, 46, Bayport, and Daniel Michael Schultz, 55, Hudson. They were hospitalized with "undetermined injuries," according to authorities. The sheriff's report said Puhalla apparently was the owner and operator of the boat when it smashed into a rock face north of the Kinnickinnic State Park beach on the Wisconsin side of the St.
Passengers were back on their way to Chicago around 2 p.m. Thursday -- about a half hour after a bomb scare aboard the bus they were on was pulled over in Woodbury led to a temporary evacuation of the vehicle. Minnesota State Patrol Lt.
The New Life Academy softball team earned revenge against defending state champion Cherry. The second-ranked Eagles took down ninth-ranked Cherry 6-3 in the first round of the Class A state tournament this morning to advance to the semifinals. New Life Academy (17-3) opened a 2-1 lead in the first inning on Cherry then added a run in the second, a run in the third, a run in the fourth and a run in the sixth to pull away from the Tigers (21-3). New Life will now face Eden Valley Watkins (15-4) in the second round at 3 p.m. today at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Police were called May 21 to Chipotle, 7455 Currell Blvd., for an assault report. A worker who had just been fired punched a door, nearly striking incoming customers. Police determined no assault occurred. Officers responded May 22 to an anonymous road rage report on Interstate 94 near Woodbury Drive. A black truck and a white sedan were spotted swerving at each other at a high rate of speed. A Woodbury woman reported May 23 that a hold had been put on her mail that was not requested. Police determined that hold was placed due to a mistake at the post office.
Manning Avenue construction in the works SRF Consulting Group, Inc. was hired to study a road project on County Highway 15 (Manning Avenue) from Interstate 94 in Woodbury, up to Highway 5 in Stillwater. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $618,000 contract with the firm on May 28. The project is a preliminary design study for the corridor and includes environmental documentation. The analysis will include the analysis of two roads intersecting with County Highway 15: County Highway 14 (Olinda Boulevard North) and Highway 5.
Erik Estrada, the actor best known for playing the television character "Ponch" in the popular 1970s-80s show "CHiPs," will be coming to Woodbury this week in support of a new film he is starring in. According to the Five Oaks Community Church website, Estrada will be at the church to discuss the focal point of the film -- Internet safety for children. The film, "Finding Faith," explores an incident involving a teenager abducted by an Internet predator.
Woodbury Royals football salt drive It's time for the annual Woodbury Royals football salt drive. The team will have two items for sale: Extra-Coarse Water Softener Salt (Blue bag, $5.35 each, 40-pound bag) and Regular Water Softener Pellets (Yellow bag, $5.90 each, 40-pound bag). For only a $5 delivery fee, your order will be delivered by a Woodbury football player and carried to your basement or another location that you request. Orders must be placed by Monday, June 10. Place an order by simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stillwater shutout East Ridge 6-0 in the Section 4AAA playoffs at Midway Stadium in St. Paul to end the Raptors' season. The Ponies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and extended the lead to 5-0 in the third inning before adding a run in the sixth. Stillwater's Andy Peterson went 3-for-4 with two RBI while TJ Galenti threw a four-hit shutout for the win. Galenti allowed three walks and struck out two. Chris Richardson suffered the loss for East Ridge, which finished the season with a 13-8 record.
Woodbury senior Mike Myers saved his best for last. Myers shot a 2-over par 74 on the second day of the two-day Section 3AAA golf championship to help him earn a trip to the state tournament. After carding an 81 on the first day of sections, held May 28, at Goodrich Golf Course in Maplewood, Myers started the second day hot, shooting a 1-under par 35 on the front nine at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, on the way to his 74 on the day.
The South Washington County Thunderbolts adapted softball team may have lost its first game at the 2013 state tournament, but the team made sure it didn't come home empty handed. The Thunderbolts finished as consolation champions at the state tournament, defeating Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee, 14-4, in the fifth-place game after upsetting Dakota United in the consolation semifinals. In the consolation championship, the third-seeded Thunderbolts, which finished the year 11-5 overall, recorded a pair of five-run innings to contribute to a six-inning win over the fourth-seeded Southern