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A little over a year from now, east metro residents can expect to see a plan for drinking water free of perfluorochemicals in their communities.
A Woodbury woman is facing charges for stealing money last year using a fundraising website similar to GoFundMe. Kaitlyn Marie Hugo, 24, is facing charges of felony theft by swindle. According to the criminal complaint: Hugo made a YouCaring page for a 5-year-old boy with Leukemia on behalf of the boy's father, who was facing a significant amount of hospital bills for the treatment. Funds from the YouCaring page were deposited directly into Hugo's account, and 57 people donated from May to September 2017. The total amount donated was nearly $5,000.
COTTAGE GROVE — An engine fire in the south end of Cottage Grove left a vehicle totaled Aug. 22. According to the Cottage Grove Fire Department, the driver was traveling southbound on Manning Avenue when the vehicle started smoking under the hood around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The department received calls from drivers behind the vehicle, reporting that the car was releasing heavy smoke. They also tried to alert him by honking or signaling to him that something was wrong, the driver told firefighters.
DAKOTA COUNTY — Dakota County has joined the series of Minnesota lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for opioid-related damages. Attorney James Backstrom announced Aug. 16 that his office has filed a suit against pharmaceutical companies that make and market Oxycodone, Fentanyl and morphine drugs, including Purdue Pharma L.P. Over 20 Minnesota counties are involved in opioid-related lawsuits. Ramsey and Washington filed in November 2017. The Dakota County Board voted last December to pursue a case.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER — An early-morning oil spill in South St. Paul has spread as far south as Grey Cloud Island. Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South said a train derailed around 2 a.m. Aug. 8, causing a diesel tank on a locomotive to be punctured, spilling 3,200 gallons into the Mississippi River.
COTTAGE GROVE — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowning that took place in the Mississippi River in Cottage Grove July 29 just before 6 p.m. William Perkins, 77, of Inver Grove Heights was found near his boat north of Lock and Dam #2. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner is investigating.
RAVENNA TOWNSHIP — The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office recovered a drowning victim in the Vermillion River near the Etter Bridge in Ravena Township Monday, July 23. The Sheriff’s Office reported on its Twitter account that authorities began searching for the unknown drowning victim around 9 p.m. on Monday. The body was recovered just before 2 a.m. on the morning of July 24. The victim was found using sonar and recovered by the Sheriff’s Office dive team.
Just under half of the 16-member Citizen-Business Working Group regarding the 3M settlement funds will be coming from South Washington County. The six local members are: Jack Lavold and Dave Schulenberg from Cottage Grove, David Filipiak and Michael Madigan from Woodbury, Amy Schall from St. Paul Park and Barbara Ronningen from Afton.
HASTINGS — Nearly 30 students in the Hastings School District experienced homelessness this year. According to Sarah Kloeckl, Hastings Public Schools assistant director of special services, the average for homeless youth in Hastings schools is less than 1 percent, while the state average is between 2 and 3 percent. There are about 4,700 students, kindergarten through 12th grade, in the district.
Make Music Day is returning for a second venture. Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, will be celebrated in Hastings June 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event is family friendly, free and open to the public. Make Music Day, organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, will be held in various parks throughout the city including Public Square at City Hall, Levee Park, Lions Park, Roadside Park, and Oliver’s Grove Park.