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WOODBURY — An Amery, Wis. man was sentenced in Washington County District Court for soliciting prostitution. Richard Mark Bottolfson, 29, was sentenced July 18 after he contacted someone he believed to be a teenager for sex. According to the criminal complaint: Police used a classifieds website in January to post an ad on the women-seeking-men section, posing as a 15-year-old female. Bottolfson responded to the ad asking to meet in person. Police, posing as the girl, told him to meet in an apartment in Woodbury.
A Woodbury woman is facing charges for stealing money last year using a fundraising website similar to GoFundMe. Kaitlyn Marie Hugo, 24, is facing charges of felony theft by swindle. According to the criminal complaint: Hugo made a YouCaring page for a 5-year-old boy with Leukemia on behalf of the boy's father, who was facing a significant amount of hospital bills for the treatment. Funds from the YouCaring page were deposited directly into Hugo's account, and 57 people donated from May to September 2017. The total amount donated was nearly $5,000.
WOODBURY — Woodbury Days held Aug. 24-26 is going little in its 40th year — by adding more fun and games for the kids. Woodbury Days Council President Kati Cheney said this year the handful of new events are targeted at a younger audience. New kids' craft booths throughout the weekend include a clay donut workshop, tiny robot building, LEGO dogs, fusebeads creations, slime-making and more.
St. Croix County Public Health treated several cases of latent Tuberculosis this year, after an infected Minnesotan made contact with several people through work. Public Health Coordinator Deb Lindemann said at the Nov. 14 St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board meeting they tested 92 possible contacts for tuberculosis. Three of those tested positive for latent tuberculosis, and were treated so that it did not become active in the patients. "We wanted to stop it right where it was," Lindemann said.
NEWPORT, Minn. — An unusual culprit is being blamed for wreaking havoc this fall. The city-owned properties between Cedar Lane and the Mississippi River have seen at least 12 trees up to 75 or 100 feet tall chewed down by beavers, Public Works Superintendent Bruce Hanson said, and many more left half-felled. "It's to the point I believe it's becoming a safety concern," Hanson said at the Nov. 2 meeting. "So many (trees) are girdled that I believe there's an urgency to go down there and take care of it. ... There are a lot of areas that deal we this ... we just haven't before."
A vulnerable adult missing from Hastings since Oct. 4 was found in River Falls Monday night. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Amanda Jean Olson, 22, left her Hastings home around 2 a.m. last Wednesday. Hastings police said Olson was found in a home in River Falls Oct. 9 safe, uninjured and there of her own will. "It was the best outcome we could have hoped for," Deputy Chief Dave Wilske said. Police received information that Olson was at the home, and Hastings police requested River Falls police check the home.
An unobtrusive pair of birds with heavy rounded beaks and a hue brighter than a Blue Jay has made its home in scrubland at the edge of Hamlet Park with their three chicks. The little family of Blue Grosbeaks have drawn several local birders to its nest, after Peter Nichols and Ben Douglas spotted it for the first time ever in Washington County last month. It is the 324th bird recorded in the county since documentation began over 100 years ago. Nichols estimates about 235 of the 324 get recorded in the county each year.
Authorities say a St. Paul man tried to disguise himself as a woman to evade police after stealing a handgun from Cabela's in Woodbury and driving a stolen vehicle to a Lake Elmo mobile home park.