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Woodbury appears to be less thirsty despite scorching heat

The July heat wave is proving the city's water-conservation efforts are working. So far, Woodbury officials tell the Pioneer Press water consumption is million of gallons less than the record set back in July 2007. That's despite the record breaking temperatures and about 6,300 more residents.

Man shot by police at Woodbury motel was unarmed hostage

A 19-year-old man police shot and killed in a standoff at a Woodbury motel early Friday was one of the hostages who escaped from the alleged gunman at the motel, the Star Tribune reports. According to police, Mark Eric Henderson was shot by officers as he emerged from the motel room, walked toward them and did not comply with their commands. Officers reportedly believed that Henderson was armed -- but he was not -- and now the victim's family wants answers.