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RED WING, Minn.—A surge in the number of people with mental health problems continues to strain 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 (ACH), an Illinois-based contractor which attends to inmates' medical needs in several states. County jails are required to provide health care for inmates, but with the increasing number of mentally ill inmates, counties are absorbing higher costs and legal responsibilities for their care.
WOODBURY, Minn. — Ashley Rassett and Roberto Enriquez want to give their son a fighting chance. The Woodbury couple's 3-year-old son Gian was recently diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or DMD, a rare genetic disorder that leads to the weakening muscles over time. The family had planned to treat their son's condition with a new drug called Ataluren, but a recent Food and Drug Administration rejection of the treatment has their family and others in limbo.
WOODBURY, Minn.—Woodbury is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to weigh in after an appellate court ruled it may not charge developers for roads outside of their property. The petition, filed last week, follows a recent legal victory for Martin Harstad. The New Brighton-based developer sued Woodbury in 2016 after it sought nearly $1.4 million for road improvements as a condition for Harstad's 183-home residential project.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A longtime method of charging developers for future roadways in Woodbury is unlawful, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed Monday, Sept. 18. 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.
WOODBURY, Minn.—Chipotle restaurants announced that a cyber security flaw allowed hackers to gain access to customer credit card data at a majority of its locations, including more than 80 Minnesota, North Dakota 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.
WOODBURY, Minn.—Portillo's has announced an opening date in Woodbury. The Chicago-style eatery plans to open its first Minnesota store at 10:30 a.m. on July 11. The opening also marks the 50th restaurant location to open, as well the first in the state after the company set off to expand beyond the Wind City in recent years. A Portillo's restaurant in Maple Grove is also in the works. That decision came after some Maple Grove council members reversed course after previously voting down the restaurant.
STILLWATER, Minn. --Two Illinois men accused of smuggling in the largest load of untaxed tobacco in Minnesota history have pleaded guilty to felony 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.
WOODBURY, Minn.—A former principal of East Ridge High School in Woodbury has pleaded guilty to felony theft for misusing school funds to make personal purchases. Aaron Harper, 41, abruptly resigned in 2014 when allegations surfaced that he had used a district-issued credit card to buy items and services for personal use including spending $7,900 on cutlery knives. On Monday, the Cottage Grove man pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft by swindle in Washington County District Court.
BALDWIN, Wis.—In Minnesota's first-ever labor trafficking conviction, a Baldwin, Wis. veterinarian was sentenced to more than four years Wednesday for trafficking women from East Asia to Minnesota. Brian Lee Kersten, 61, of Pleasant Valley, Wis., pleaded guilty last fall to two felony counts of engaging in the sex trafficking of a person and aiding and abetting labor trafficking.
WOODBURY, Minn. — President Donald Trump's recent ban on immigration from seven countries has one Woodbury man drawing parallels from his past. Yoshio Matsumoto was among the Japanese Americans bound for internment camps following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, an act that plunged America into World War II.