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Cottage Grove Police Nab Thief They Say Stole Packages from Doorsteps

Ronald E. Reische, 33, of Cottage Grove - Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office

A Cottage Grove resident thought a delivery man looked suspicious, so he took a photo and called police.

Cottage Grove police arrested a 33-year-old man they say was taking packages from front steps. He was arrested a few miles away.

The thefts occurred in Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park, according to Capt. Greg Rinzel of the Cottage Grove Police Department said.

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White Bear Hockey Team Rallies Around Teammate after Dad's Death

If you didn't see it in person or see the video, you might not believe it. The team's head coach says it sounds like a "Hollywood script." Whatever you call it, don't try to convince true believers there wasn't some divine intervention at a boys' high school hockey game between White Bear Lake and Park of Cottage Grove last Saturday night.

Andersen Operating after Minor Fire Tuesday

Andersen Corporation in Bayport is operating Wednesday after a small fire Tuesday night, according to a statement from the company.

The fire was reported about 9 p.m. and required employees to leave the building.

The fire was in a a dust collection system in the north end of the plant.

Firefighters Respond to Fire Call at Andersen Windows in Bayport

Two fire departments responded to a fire call at Andersen Windows in Bayport on Tuesday, according to Washington County dispatch.

Bayport and Stillwater fire departments responded after a call came in shortly after 9 p.m.

Firefighters were seeing more smoke than flames, according to dispatch.

No other information was immediately available.

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Steep Decline in Foreclosed Homes Means Higher Property Values for Neighbors

It's a sure sign the local housing market is improving.

The Twin Cities is seeing a huge drop in foreclosures. And it's not just concentrated in certain communities; it's statewide. 

"We bought our last house before the recession, so we understand what it's like to lose a lot of value in your property," Jenna Rains of Bloomington said.

Bayport Man Convicted of Tax Evasion, Fraud

A 57-year-old Bayport man and former real estate developer was convicted of tax evasion, along with mail and wire fraud, in federal court last week.

Bartolomea Joseph Montanari was accused of failing to pay payment of employment and excise taxes owed by him and his three businesses: St. Croix Development, Emlin Coal Processing and Montie's Resources.

Officials Warn Minnesota AIDS Diagnoses Not Declining

A woman holds a red ribbon symbol of the fight against AIDS during a demonstration on the World Aids Day. - Photo: AP/

State officials are using World AIDS Day on Monday as a reminder for residents in Minnesota to get checked.