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Walmart will officially replace historic drive-in

The days are numbered for a summertime staple for movie fans in the southern Twin Cities metro. The Cottage Grove City Council voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of Walmart's plan to build a new SuperCenter store, the South Washington County Bulletin reports. It will be built on the site of the Cottage View Drive-In. After nearly five decades in business, the movie theater will permanently close in October.

First homeless shelter opens in Washington County

The former rectory of the Guardians Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale has officially become the first homeless shelter in Washington County. The manager of the facility -- which can house about six families a night -- is also meant to promote the awareness of homelessness.

CDC: Fatal brain infection killed Forest Lake boy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed an amoeba infection caused 9-year-old Jack Ariola Erenberg to contract a rare form of meningitis, the Associated Press reports. Health officials say the boy recently swam in Lily Lake in Stillwater -- which remains closed. Jack was taken off life-support and died earlier this month.

Hot air balloon stalls out over the St. Croix River

More than a dozen sightseers on a hot air balloon had to be "towed" to safety Saturday night. The Washington County Sheriff's Office tells KARE 11 the balloon stalled out because of a lack of wind. Officers were able to pull the balloon to the shore along the St. Croix River near Afton.

More time needed in Stillwater Lumberjack Days investigation

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput told the Pioneer Press his office is still reviewing evidence in the case involving former Stillwater Lumberjack Days organizer Dave Eckberg. The newspaper writes it could take another month before a charging decision is made. Last month, Eckberg and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy. Court documents show the couple owes a list of more than 100 creditors nearly $2.4 million.

Organizer of defunct Lumberjack Days files for personal bankruptcy

According to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy court, Dave Eckberg and his wife, Stacy Einck, owe a list of more than 100 creditors nearly $2.4 million. Eckberg had coordinated the summer festival along the St. Croix River in Stillwater since 1994 and could also face criminal charges.

Study suggests link between 3M chemical and cancer

Scientists focused on a chemical found in drinking water in Ohio and West Virginia, but they also say it exists in smaller amounts in Washington County. But a health official in Minnesota cautions that studies so far on perfluorooctanoic acid, of PFOA, have been inconsistent and the latest research doesn't necessarily mean there is an increased risk of cancer here.