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A surge in the number people with mental health problems continues to strain to county jails, and in Goodhue County, the cost of managing their care is increasing. The county recently renewed a $406,000 contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare, an Illinois-based contractor which attends to inmates’ medical needs in several states.
The remains of a Minnesota sailor are being returned home 76 years after he was killed in action during World War II. U.S. Navy 2nd Class Radioman Quinten Gifford was among the 429 crewmen who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. For years, the Navy listed the Mankato sailor as Lost in Action, but the recent identification of his remains has brought his family a sense of closure. "We always had hope that someday we'd see him come to the door and that there might have been a mistake," said June Shoen, Quinten Gifford's sister.
Dozens gathered Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Woodbury to honor those who served in the nation's military. The ceremony featured local veterans who told their service stories. Army Sgt. John Krumm's son spoke about his father's service during World War II. Lt. Louise Sparkman touched on her more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy between 1974-1994. John Martin, an Army sergeant also spoke about his service during the Vietnam War.
A New Richmond man previously convicted of sending lewd photos to minors was sentenced for violating the terms of his probation after authorities said he “blackmailed” several teenagers into sending sexual images of themselves earlier this year.
Art was in the air last weekend in Afton, as visitors gathered for the city's annual Art in the Park Fair. In its 39th year, the outdoor art fair drew thousands to the Afton's Old Village where several dozen artists displayed their work. Artists ranged from a variety of mediums, including fine arts, crafts, sculpture, apparel, photography and more. Local artists transformed Adirondack chairs into works of art, ranging from Afton landmarks to reimagined classic works of art.
A 39-year-old western Wisconsin man suspected of jumping bail is in custody after an hours-long standoff with authorities in Woodville Sunday, Sept. 24. Multiple agencies responded after 9 a.m. to a home on the 700 block of Lilac Drive to serve an arrest warrant for Lawrence J. Thomas of Eau Claire who is accused of failing to appear in court on drug-related charges in Eau Claire County.
Before the autumn colors coat the St. Croix River Valley, local and regional artists will be adding their own flair this weekend during Afton's annual Art in the Park fair. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Town Square Park, with other activities around Afton's Old Village. In its 39th year, the outdoor art fair touts more than 100 vendors, live music, food and artists from various mediums, including, fine arts, traditional crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography and apparel.
Metropolitan areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin have seen significant declines in the number of impaired driving offenses, but the rate of drunken driving in rural areas remains high. Minnesota's Dakota, Washington and Hennepin counties saw the steepest reductions in chronically impaired drivers between 2015 and 2016. Hennepin, Minnesota's largest county, experienced nearly a 100-person drop in DWI convictions for a fourth or higher DWI offense.
A longtime method of charging developers for future roadways in Woodbury is unlawful, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed Monday. The city's practice of charging developers fees for future road improvements fell under legal fire last year when New Brighton-based developer Martin Harstad contested Woodbury's policy after it sought to collect $1.3 million for roads outside of Harstad's 183-home residential project.
With the Craft Beer and Kitchen restaurant poised for demolition in place of four retail buildings, some Woodbury residents are questioning the move and bemoaning the loss of one of the city's few independently-run restaurants. A Florida-based developer submitted plans this spring that would see the restaurant building at 700 Commons Drive cleared for 14,000 square feet of retail space, pending the city council's approval Wednesday, Aug. 30.