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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.
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 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.
A convicted sex offender St. Paul police identified as a person of interest in a nearly 25-year-old missing person case will spend four years in prison on felony kidnapping charges. A Washington County court handed down the 54-month sentence to Mark Steven Wallace, a 55-year-old Andover man found guilty of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm, a felony. Charges for misdemeanor drug possession and felony stalking were dropped.
State troopers suspect a Moose Lake man was under the influence of controlled substances when he led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit from Woodbury to Hastings in a stolen vehicle Nov. 1. According to a Minnesota State Patrol news release, Joshua Allan Major, 30, will be booked into the Dakota County jail on charges including felony fleeing police, drunken driving and possession of a stolen vehicle once he is cleared from Regina Hospital. He was taken to the hospital for a blood draw following his arrest in Hastings.
A Hastings man faces a felony charge of terroristic threats following a SWAT response in Ravenna Township. Dakota County sheriff deputies took Mathew Laurence Bartz, 41, into custody late Wednesday, Nov. 1, after responding to a crisis call on the 17500 block of Blackbird Trail in which the caller told dispatchers a man at her residence had a gun. Deputies arrived around 7:30 p.m.
Kendall Johnson compares pornography consumption to compulsive shopping: as people desire more and more of something, their desires are harder to satisfy. The Woodbury resident says an abundant supply and easily accessible supply of online porn can act as a "gateway drug" fueling relationship issues and dangerous habits. Some of those habits, he said, could escalate to seeking paid sex through platforms like Backpage.com, a website that gained notoriety as a hub for sex trafficking advertisements.
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.
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.