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A Woodbury man accused of archiving more than 22,000 digital images of child pornography will spend 120 days in jail. Nickolas Daniel Kroening, 37, was sentenced in a Washington County court on four of five felony charges of possessing child pornography. He pleaded guilty to all five charges in October. According to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 14 in Washington County, Woodbury police arrived at Kroening's Fallbrook Lane home in September after learning of numerous child pornography downloads linked to an IP address at the residence.
The second phase in a south Woodbury high-end housing development got the OK from City Council Dec. 13. Developer MJR Woodbury plans to build a dozen homes spanning 36 acres near the corner of Military Road and Woodlane Road. The project, City Planner Eric Searles said, will move forward as the second stretch of MJR's "Autumn Ridge" development, the proposed site of 20 single-family homes across the 61-acre parcel. City Council approved that project in 2013.
Fancy frills and girly garb have become Angie Bottemiller's signature aesthetic. When she attends a birthday party or baby shower, friends can distinguish which gift she brought by the elaborate layers of ribbons and tissue. Hoping to share her touch of whimsy and feminine flare, Bottemiller and business partner Roberta Perrone opened Perfectly Pink in Afton. The new "party boutique" offers children's clothing and accessories along with kids' parties fit for a princess. Bottemiller opened a similar Woodbury business, Pout in Pink, in 2013.
A new office building is set for development at Woodbury's CityPlace. CityPlace developers Elion Partners announced plans Friday for a three-story, 54,000 square foot building as a joint project with Minneapolis construction company Anderson-Kraus. The building will sit south of I-94 on Radio Drive near the existing Residence Inn and the Courtyard by Marriott, which remains under construction. The new building, according to an Elion Partners news release, will be visible to at least 118,000 motorists per day who pass the location on I-94.
Leaders with St. Therese say its most recent expansion will offer a more complete "continuum of care" for Woodbury seniors. The Minnesota-based, nonprofit care provider unveiled the Redwoods, a new 64-unit senior apartment building, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 21. The two-story building marks the second construction phase on the organization's Woodbury campus. Crews broke ground on the new building last summer after construction wrapped up on the initial 216-unit building in February.
Jeremy Jackson had little to work with when he was asked to identify remains from a long-abandoned cemetery near Hastings. An avid genealogical researcher, Jackson works with the state archaeologist's office to eak out information from forgotten and unmarked graves throughout Minnesota. When construction in Nininger Township turned up human remains, a text message with the location's address offered the only clue: the property had once been Rose Hill Cemetery. Within two hours, Jackson said he was able track down the name Robert Caleff.
A man who held his parents captive and repeatedly beat his mother's head with a hammer will serve 20 years in prison following his Nov. 22 sentencing in a Washington County court. David Edward Williams Jr., of Maplewood, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree attempted murder, a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He must also pay more than $13,000 in restitution. The court dismissed an additional felony charge of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, which the court dismissed.
The Woodbury mayor who recently announced her bid for governor said she hopes to quell what she sees as bickering and disrespect at the Minnesota Capitol. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, who registered her gubernatorial campaign Nob. 28, announced her run the following day in Woodbury. Applause flooded a room packed with Stephen's red and white campaign signs as she decried the "disfunction" in the state government. Stephens joined nearly a dozen other Republicans vying for Minnesota Governor.
A lawyer representing Sen. Dan Schoen in his final days in the Minnesota Legislature called swirling sexual harassment allegations "suspect" and said Schoen's accusers were "misrepresenting" their interactions. Attorney Paul Rogosheske refuted the accusations at a Nov. 22 news conference following the announcement of Schoen's Dec. 15 resignation. Schoen did not attend the conference. Accusations emerged about two weeks ago following an MinnPost report in which multiple women described unwanted sexual attention from Schoen.
Sandra and Jim Herkenratt looked forward to having neighbors. For 38 years, the couple's home in Nininger township faced only an expansive farm field with no other nearby homes. When a Hastings family broke ground on a new home across the road, the Herkenratts welcomed the prospect of living closer to another family, one with children. Construction, however, halted in September after crews unearthed a macabre discovery. According to investigation documents from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, an excavator digging the home's foundation uncovered bones.