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A 46-year-old Rochester man with 10 prior drunk driving conditions is in trouble in Dakota County following a July 3 incident in Vermillion Township.
A number of Hastings area businesses are holding special activities during this year's Rivertown Days. Schoolhouse Square Schoolhouse Square Rocks, sponsored by businesses - Green Mill, Premier Bank, Verizon, Dunn Bros, Affinity Credit, Schoolhouse Scoop and Anytime Fitness - includes events throughout the day Saturday, July 16. A three-on-three basketball tournament is scheduled at 9 a.m.; an open adult basketball three-on-three tournament will be held at 1p.m. Premier Bank will hold a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Hastings Area YMCA ducks are getting ready to float. Ducks in Training Day was held June 30 at the Y. About 2,000 ducks were put into the pool to test those who could swim and those who dunked. The Hastings Area YMCA Rivertown Days Duck Race will wrap up the Rivertown Days events and will be held shortly after the Rivertown Days parade at about 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17.
Something brand new and an event which has proven popular in past Rivertown Days events return. Pig racing will be held at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 15; at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July16; at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in Jaycee Park. Pig racing is a sport in which young pigs race around a small enclosed dirt, fake grass or gravel track. This racing is usually just for entertainment. Pig racing is most popular in the southern United States.
Edina Realty's medallion hunt officially kicks off this year's Rivertown Days next week. The celebration runs through the weekend of July 15-17. Edina's first clue will be released Monday, July 11, at the Edina Realty office, 1640 South Frontage Road. The clues are updated daily and available during regular business hours at the office. They will also be announced on KDWA radio. The medallion will be hidden on public property within the city limits. The prize is $500 with a Rivertown Days button or t-shirt, $250 without the button.
Jean Carlson loved to ballroom dance when she was younger. When her four grandchildren married, she said she would dance at of their weddings. And she did. As her 100th birthday neared, Carlson said she wanted to dance at the party. Her birthday was last Friday, June 24, and Carlson danced at the party - with her son, Dr. John Carlson. The Friday party was for Carlson's friends at Regina Residence where she has lived since last December. Another family party was held over the weekend. Carlson was born 100 years ago in Croatia, now part of Yugoslavia.
At least one Hastings couple was swindled out of a sum of money by a Florida man, who told them he needed the money to get their grandson out of a jail in Florida. On Wednesday afternoon, Robert Attias, 33, Miami, Fla., was charged in Dakota County District Court with one felony count of theft by swindle.
Dakota County District Judge Michael Mayer has ordered that email messages between Hastings police and Eagan police regarding the Rene Doffing corkscrew theft case be produced. Doffing's attorney Paul Engh had filed a motion for the documents and the judge signed the order June 22. Engh said Tuesday he expects the documents to be produced by Aug. 5 and another hearing will be scheduled at that time. He will file a motion to dismiss the misdemeanor theft charge against Doffing, a Hastings police officer.
Dakota County and the Vermillion River Watershed have played a leadership role in how to understand and address groundwater and surface water contamination from agricultural activities through the Agricultural Outreach program, developed as a result of the Hastings Area Nitrate Study. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved an extension of the contract with the University of Minnesota to continue this program through June 2012.
Dakota County has renewed its commercial auto insurance with Travelers Insurance for an annual premium of $174,328, or a 3.1 percent increase over the current premium. The policy is in place from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012, with a liability coverage limit per claim of $500,000 and a per-accident limit of $1,500,000, which are consistent with the county's liability limits under Minnesota law. The policy covers the county's 319 vehicles in the sheriff, parks, and transportation departments. The county has experienced significantly fewer losses over the past year.