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Stillwater Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new, long-awaited fire station in Stillwater was set for Friday.

It will be built at the same time as a $20 million Army National Guard Readiness Center. The fire station will also be connected to it.

The Stillwater Fire Department has outgrown its current station.

The new building is set to open next summer.

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After 43 Years, Sexual Abuse Victim Settles with Archdiocese

Fr. Thomas Stitts - Photo: Jeff Anderson and Associates

A former Minnesota man says he's finally getting justice for what a Catholic priest did to him.

Fifty-four-year-old Jon Jaker says Fr. Thomas Stitts sexually abused him at St. Leo's Catholic Church in St. Paul in 1971.

Stitts died in 1985 but now, after a change in state law, the victim sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Business Booms after Stillwater Cafe adds Minimum Wage Surcharge

The owner of Stillwater's River Oasis Cafe imposed a surcharge on all customer tabs Aug. 1, and he was caught up in a spirited debate that spread across the country. 

Work to Start on Stillwater Fire Station, Armory

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Construction is starting on a new Stillwater Fire Department station and Minnesota National Guard armory.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the groundbreaking on the neighboring sites will be Friday. The new fire station will replace a 50-year-old building downtown.

Xcel Opens New Training Facility as Baby Boomers Begin to Retire

Xcel Energy has opened a 10-acre facility near Hugo to provide continuing education to existing technical crews and training for new employees.

Steve Foss, Regional Vice President of Distribution Operations with Xcel, says the facility will operate year round.

2 Charged with Felony Fraud while in Faribault Co. Prison

Tony Terrell Robinson of Bayport - Photo: Minnesota Dept. of Corrections

Two inmates were each charged last Tuesday with 11 counts of fraud while incarcerated in a state prison.

Tony Terrell Robinson of Bayport and Tanka James Tetzlaff of Duluth have been accused of conspiring to defraud the United States and filing and making false claims against the government, worth more than $400,000.

Inmate Sentenced for Killing Prisoner in Oak Park Heights

Minnesota Correctional Facility - Stillwater - Photo: Wikkimedia

An inmate at a Minnesota maximum security prison has pleaded guilty to killing a fellow prisoner and has been sentenced to an additional 40 years behind bars.