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Vehicle title registration remains one of the biggest sticking points in the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System launched in July.
A man was found dead Monday, Oct. 30, in a pick-up truck following a crash under the railroad bridge on 103rd Street in Cottage Grove.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has received a Department of Justice grant that will allow them to continue combating domestic and sexual violence. Awarded through the DOJ's Office of Violence Against Women, the $450,000 grant will be split over three years and replenish a previous two-year grant. The Electronic Crime Task Force was launched after receiving the first grant, and has been partnering with 360 Communities and Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.
Kristen Farris of Rosemount wanted to make it easier for the dogs she fostered to transition into a new home, a hope that inspired her to launch CuddleMutt. Fostering for the Eden Prairie-based rescue Secondhand Hounds, she encountered a lot of pets waiting for their forever homes. "I always felt like I wanted to send them with something, like a blanket, to help with a transition," Farris said.
A vulnerable adult missing from Hastings since Oct. 4 was found in River Falls Monday night. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Amanda Jean Olson, 22, left her Hastings home around 2 a.m. last Wednesday. Hastings police said Olson was found in a home in River Falls Oct. 9 safe, uninjured and there of her own will. "It was the best outcome we could have hoped for," Deputy Chief Dave Wilske said. Police received information that Olson was at the home, and Hastings police requested River Falls police check the home.
Hastings' historic dome overlooking the Mississippi River is in need of restoration, city officials told members of the House Capital Investment Committee. The city is requesting $1.5 million from the 2018 bonding bill for improvements to City Hall, as well as some renovations to the connected police station. City officials estimate it will cost $6 million to fully renovate the campus, but are currently only pursuing half that amount with the request and a 50/50 match. Lawmakers on the committee that assembles the public works funding bill visited Hastings Tuesday, Sept. 5.
An unobtrusive pair of birds with heavy rounded beaks and a hue brighter than a Blue Jay has made its home in scrubland at the edge of Hamlet Park with their three chicks. The little family of Blue Grosbeaks have drawn several local birders to its nest, after Peter Nichols and Ben Douglas spotted it for the first time ever in Washington County last month. It is the 324th bird recorded in the county since documentation began over 100 years ago. Nichols estimates about 235 of the 324 get recorded in the county each year.
Authorities say a St. Paul man tried to disguise himself as a woman to evade police after stealing a handgun from Cabela's in Woodbury and driving a stolen vehicle to a Lake Elmo mobile home park.
Post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers can now register for medical cannabis treatment.
Travelling Hargis Parkway from Radio Drive to HealthEast Sports Center and East Ridge High School, drivers pass through as many as six roundabouts. Fifteen years ago, the roundabout design may not have even entered local engineers' minds. The first of 16 roundabouts in Woodbury opened in 2005 — and six were constructed in 2008 alone, alongside the opening of East Ridge High School.