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When JP Armstrong sent a 1:30 a.m. email to Deb Larson detailing his idea to perform a series of weddings aboard a parade float, she couldn't stop laughing. "I can't think of a better story to tell people years from now," said Larson, a member of the Afton Parade committee. Now the Afton Fourth of July Parade is taking a romantic turn. Armstrong, a local wedding minister whose resume spans more than a decade of wild and exotic weddings, will be marrying people as the float scoots down St. Croix Trail during the annual parade.
Chipotle restaurants announced that a cybersecurity allowed hackers to gain access to customer credit card data at a majority of its locations, including several dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin restaurants. The Denver-based burrito chain said Friday that the majority of its locations across the country were victims of malware, which allowed hackers to search credit card information, such as cardholder names, expiration dates and verification codes.
Washington County authorities believe two people arrested Wednesday are responsible for allegedly running a large-scale prostitution and sex trafficking operation that spanned beyond Minnesota. Ricky Arlen Turner Jr., 29, and Brittany Marie Harenza, 25, face felony racketeering and concealing criminal proceeds charges in Washington County. Turner also received felony charges for engaging in sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.
Two Illinois men accused of transporting the largest load of untaxed tobacco in Minnesota history have pleaded guilty to felony smuggling charges. Mohammad Abdul Majid and Iman Ugurlu, both of Bridgeview, Ill., admitted Wednesday in Washington County District Court to bringing $78,000 in unmarked cigarettes over the Minnesota and Wisconsin border last summer. In accepting their guilty plea, District Judge Tad Jude sentenced Majid and Ugurlu to five years probation for one count of felony aiding in abetting in the sale of untaxed tobacco.
The doors to Nordstrom Rack have finally opened in Woodbury On Thursday morning, about 200 early morning shoppers rallied in front of the store, eager to be among the to set foot inside the east metro's first Nordstrom Rack when the doors opened at 9 a.m. CityPlace’s newest addition also held a grand opening event for its fourth Twin Cities store an hour before opening.
On a Friday afternoon, Mary Ellen Sax and Linda Quammen spent hours pouring over old photos, newspaper clippings and other paper documents scattered about tables at the Afton Historical Museum. "This is the Selma's file," Sax said as she slipped the pieces of cut out newspapers into protective sleeves and later into a box with other documents related to Selma's Ice Cream Parlour. So far, Sax and Quammen have organized about 200 files, with Selam's being No. 188.
A Wisconsin man is facing five felony charges for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting two women at gunpoint. Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested James Lauck, 36, of New Richmond, Wis. Friday morning after responding to the 3100 block of St. Croix Trail South in downtown area of Afton. He faces five felony charges including second degree assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.
Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man in Afton Friday morning for an alleged assault. Deputies responded to the 3200 block of St. Croix Trail South at approximately 6:45 a.m...
Mike Swikla totaled his bright blue Chevrolet Cavalier last Friday evening in Lake Elmo. First, it was his back bumper that fell off from getting rear ended a few times...