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School Board Primary, Snowmobile Tragedy and Business Expansion: East Metro Rewind

This week's collection of top headlines from East Twin Cities Patch sites.

Oakdale

First Student-Run Postal Credit Union in Minnesota Opens at Tartan High School
Students at Tartan High School will be running a Postal Credit Union branch out of their school store. The new branch's ribbon cutting was held Wednesday morning.

City Approves Holiday Gas Station Expansion
Holiday Gas Station at 3344 Hadley Avenue North will be expanding its building.

New Business Spotlight: 'Premier Center' Opens First Location in Minnesota
Little Minds Learning Center will open its first Minnesota location in Oakdale.

Woodbury

Splash Pad at Bielenberg Gets Lukewarm Reception from Woodbury City Council
The council went over several aspects of the exterior of the planned field house and lobby during a workshop Wednesday night.

Students at Woodbury Elementary would be shifted to the Crosswinds building; Spanish immersion students would attend class at the elementary school.

Updated: Vinnie’s Family Restaurant to Open Wednesday in Woodbury
The restaurant will occupy the former Tinucci’s space at the Eagle Valley Marketplace. 

Hudson

ELECTION RESULTS: Two Tied for Fewest School Board Primary Votes
Jamie Johnson, Jeanette Kunz and Bruce Hanson will move on to the April 2 school board general election, but it's still unclear whether Jim Schrock or Matthew Kari will join them.

The snowmobiler who died on the St. Croix River in Bayport on Saturday has been identified as Billy Meister, 22, of Stillwater. He was a 2009 graduate of Hudson High School.

Municipal Judge Finds Left of Center Managers Guilty in Drug Paraphernalia Case; Defense Planning to Appeal
The City of Hudson has won the first round of legal action in its drug paraphernalia case against two Left of Center managers, but the defense attorney said he plans to file an appeal to have the case decided in St. Croix County Circuit Court. 

Stillwater

Minnesota Brewers Call on Lawmakers to 'Save the Growler'
Growlers have become a popular way to drink local craft brews—and those 64-ounce containers are key to the success of small businesses like Stillwater's Lift Bridge Brewing Co. But if their growth continues, growlers may be a thing of the past.

Dettmer Calls on IOC to Reconsider Decision to Drop Wrestling in 2020
“As a competitor in the 1972 Olympic trials, I know first-hand that Minnesota has strong ties to the games each year they are held," Dettmer said. "I hope the IOC will reconsider the decision.”

Tolls on the St. Croix River Crossing?
“I think this is a crazy proposal,” Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) said. “I will not be voting for any kind of toll road or toll bridge between the great states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

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