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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.
Sixty-eight cases of measles have been confirmed in four counties in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health has not found any cases in Dakota County, but officials say the virus could spread east depending on several factors. Hennepin, Ramsey, Crow Wing and Le Sueur counties all have recorded cases of the disease — which symptoms are a rash, fever and cough, running nose or watering eyes. Patients can experience serious complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis. There is currently no treatment for measles beyond bed rest, fluids and control of the fever.
The long-awaited Junction 70 Grill is now serving. Owner Joel Lehman said it is a somewhat limited opening with a limited menu, but will expand it as it's possible.