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A Woodbury resident is facing charges of soliciting a minor as a prostitute in an ad on Craigslist. Stevon Warren, 50, was arrested Friday, March 18 in downtown Minneapolis after police investigators initiated an undercover investigation that was born out of an advertisement on the popular classifieds website. Warren is alleged to have promoted the solicitation of an 18-year old and a 15-year old via the Craigslist ad.
A dog who's made many therapeutic visits over the years to patients in numerous Twin Cities-area facilities could use some therapy of his own these days. "Kaiser," a nine-year-old German Shepherd, has been a regular sight in public hospitals, hospices, assisted-living residences and long-term rehabilitation centers in this portion of eastern Minnesota.
A woman who had a surgical procedure performed at Woodwinds Health Campus last month reportedly contracted a rare "flesh-eating disease" as a result. According to a segment aired Tuesday on WCCO-TV, Rebecca Eckes went to Woodwinds in Woodbury last month to have a hysterectomy because of stomach pains. Later, Eckes' kidneys stopped functioning, she gained weight and got a rash. She was moved to the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Several years ago, my friend novelist Carolyn See wrote a tell-all book about her family's century-long love affair with alcohol addiction, written with her usual literary flair. See is a fine California novelist ("Rhine Maidens," "Making History") who doesn't get enough attention here in the Midwest. She was coming to read at the Hungry Mind in St. Paul, so I wrote a column about here appearance and hied myself over to see her. What a surprise! The place was packed with people - standing room only.
An Afton man was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for an incident involving two of his juvenile granddaughters. Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrested Richard Allen Balsimo, 62, at his Afton residence on Thursday, Dec. 11. He was taken into custody without incident and was held over the weekend at the Washington County Jail in Stillwater pending the charges. Each of the charges, which were filed by the Washington County Attorney Monday morning, carries a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.
An Afton man is being held in the Washington County jail over the weekend for allegedly committing criminal sexual conduct against one or more female relatives who are also minors. Washington County deputies arrested Richard Allen Balsimo, 62, at his Afton residence Thursday, Dec. 11.
The streets of Afton will be a-glow once again through New Year. A request from the Afton Area Business Association to switch on the city's gas lamps was approved at the city council meeting on Nov. 18. About 15 of the lamps along St.
There's an old saying that goes "The reason most academic debates are so prevalent and so acrimonious is that there is so little at stake." After spending 20 years in the groves of academe I've always subscribed to that saying, but now I'm not so certain. That's because I just finished reading "Woodrow Wilson: Princeton to the Presidency," by W. Barksdale Maynard (Yale University Press, $30).
Many years ago a Star Tribune colleague and I co-published a book of stories that had earlier appeared in our newspaper. We were surprised to learn that the Twin Cities Reader, an "alternative" newspaper wanted to do a story about us and our new book. Surprised because the Reader never had much good to say about the biggest newspaper in town. Surprised and a bit worried. Was this going to be a hatchet job? A young reporter came to the newspaper, we drank coffee and talked. He took a few notes, but not many. He was a very hip guy and we wondered what he thought of us old fogies.
Here we are in the shadow of the Oscars and here I am with two books about the movie industry that you may want to peruse. First is "Not the Girl Next Door," by Charlotte Chandler (Simon & Schuster, $26). This one's about actress Joan Crawford. No, no! It's not another "Mommie Dearest," the book about Crawford written by her ungrateful daughter. This one is written by Charlotte Chandler, Crawford's grateful biographer. In this admiring biography, Crawford does nothing wrong.