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Management at Top Ten Liquors in Woodbury say a newly remodeled and expanded store will offer a more customer-friendly layout and wider variety of products. The expansion will added nearly 2,000 square feet to the store, along with new flooring, shelving and a new entrance. The extra square footage will replace the former Subway restaurant, which opted to relocate last month after its lease expired. Ton Tep Wine specialist Mark O'Boyle, said the store owner, who also owns the building, saw an opportunity to improve customers' experience.
A second man arrested during a sting operation targeting people who agree to pay for sex with minors has been sentenced. Christopher John Cuypers, 32, of Knife River, Minnesota, was charged with hiring someone he believed to be a minor for commercial sex in June 2016 after agreeing to pay for sex with someone he believed to be a 16-year-old girl. Cuypers now faces two years' probation with a stayed year-long prison sentence and must complete treatment for sex offenders, according to the Washington County District Court sentence handed down Sept. 25.
An alleged attempt to steal a car from a St. Paul auto dealership led to the arrest of two people accused of burglarizing two Woodbury apartment complexes. Jodean Danielle Taylor, 28, and Matthew Scott White, 29, both of St. Paul, each face two felony charges of aiding and abetting third-degree burglary. According to a criminal complaint filed May 5 in Washington County, security footage from an apartment complex on the 1500 block of Parkwood Drive shows a man pry open the building's security door before entering with a woman.
Fraternal twins LouAnne and Seretta's days of serving ghastly glop to ungrateful high school students are numbered when their recipe lands them a job as personal chefs for the object of their adoration, Johnny Depp. The sisters' road out of their hellish circumstances, however, is wrought with obstacles: travel expenses, a stingy school principal with impossible expectations and torment at the hands of an instantly insufferable head cheerleader.
There are several tell-tale signs a hotel stay could involve human trafficking. Payments in cash, frequent short-term traffic to one room and a lack of luggage all point to the potential of a crime that's seemingly erupted in communities around the Twin Cities in recent years. "Speak Up," a newly-announce campaign in Washington County, partners the county's public health and law enforcement agencies with hotels to help recognize potential victims and how to respond.
One of four men accused of stealing guns from a town of Springfield home last fall will serve one year of probation. A St. Croix County Circuit court handed down the sentence to Robert E. Block, a 20-year-old Newport resident who reportedly entered a pole shed on the property with another man, 19-year-old Michael Annis of Maplewood, Minnesota, and took a .22-caliber rifle and 12-gauge shotgun June 5, 2016.
A former St. Paul assistant principal accused of embezzling nearly $200,000 from a rural Baldwin church will spend two years in prison and faces seven years of probation. Kara Amundson-LaVenture faced six felony theft charges in 2015 after members of the New Centerville United Methodist church discovered about $190,000 had been misappropriated during the nine years Amundson-LaVenture served as the church treasurer.
Former Hudson Mayor and Republican State Rep. Dean Knudson has been appointed to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican from Rochester, announced the appointment Sept. 25. Knudson will replace Republican National Committee member Steve King, who announced his resignation after President Donald Trump appointed him as ambassador to the Czech Republic. Knudson was elected as mayor in 2008 and served in the position before voters elected him to the Assembly in 2010.
A Mankato man convicted of an armed robbery outside a Cottage Grove Target store faces nearly five years in prison following his Sept. 22 sentencing. Moroma Olok, 23, pleaded guilty last summer to a felony charge of first-degree aiding and abetting aggravated robbery that stemmed from a 2013 incident in which he and another man robbed someone they met through Craigslist. According to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County Jan. 28, 2016, a man received a text message response to his Craigslist post that advertised an iPhone 5s for sale in April 2013.
How do you incentivize potential employees to sign join a company that already offers competitive pay, health benefits and employee stock options but still struggles to maintain a qualified workforce? David Muelken, production manager at SDS Elevator Co. in Red Wing, said one route could be making manufacturing "sexy." Although southeastern Minnesota serves as a hub for industries that boast attractive pay and benefits, manufacturing businesses throughout the area struggle to fill positions.