Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Lake Elmo is suing the 3M Corp. — again — for allegedly polluting its water and forcing the city to build a clean-water bypass. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to sue the company after backing out of another suit against 3M in 2013. “The two lawsuits are very similar,” said Lake Elmo attorney Doug Shaftel. He said the city has been trying to negotiate with 3M for some reimbursement, without success.
Dana Millington has done it. She has emerged from a 12-year odyssey of despair to reach her goal: building an $830,000 playground for children with disabilities. She named it after her daughter, Madison, who died when she was 2 years old. It will be a place where Madison might have played with other children, instead of feeling excluded. Madison's Place in Woodbury opened June 4. "Finally, on June 4, everyone will understand what we were trying to accomplish," said Millington, looking over the brightly colored equipment.
Andrew Johnson jumped up and down on the sideline, limbering up before charging onto the lacrosse field. “I like the contact of lacrosse and the speed of the game. I used to play baseball, but it was too boring,” the 13-year-old Lakeville, Minn., player said as he ran off to take on the other team. In the same way, lacrosse is taking on the traditional bastions of youth sports.
ST. PAUL -- Having cancer is a good enough reason to legally take marijuana in Minnesota. Same with epilepsy or AIDS. But pain so severe it can drive a person to suicide? No way. That’s the No. 1 problem with the state’s new medical marijuana law, according to testimony at a hearing Friday at the state Capitol.
Woodbury, Minn. - Drivers are gawking at the biggest distraction on Interstate 94 - a Woodbury water tower being painted at a cost of $1 million. The 185-foot water tower looms over the interstate west of Woodbury Drive. The paint job will be the first in the tower’s 20-year history, said Woodbury city engineer Klay Eckles. The cost may seem sky-high to some people, said Bob Kollmer, owner of Kollmer Associates, which consulted for the city of Woodbury for the painting contract.
On Wednesday, Minnesota steps into the strange new world of the marijuana business. Never mind that the federal government says marijuana is as dangerous as heroin, putting both in the Schedule 1 category of controlled substances. Starting Wednesday, pot pills will go on sale as medical marijuana.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Tonight, Les Schrenk will watch a war story on TV - about himself. The documentary “Mortal Enemies” will tell the tale of the act of mercy that haunted him for 68 years. Schrenk, 91, is alive today because a German pilot mysteriously spared his life during World War II. And he is at peace today because he finally found out why after an odyssey spanning seven decades of dogged research.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- If sea otters are happier in the future, they might have Colleen Redmond’s class to thank for it. Her fourth-graders at Bailey Elementary in Woodbury joined a new competition called the ZooMS Design Challenge, which asks students to deal with real-life problems faced by zookeepers.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- A couple and their child have been killed in an apparent Christmastime murder-suicide in Apple Valley. The three were found in their rambler home on Ramsdell...