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A Hastings farmer known for trailblazing Minnesota's industrial hemp industry is urging lawmakers to lift some limitations on how his crop can be used and marketed. Towers of spindly, green leaves swayed gently in the breeze as researchers, hemp industry stakeholders and members of the Minnesota House Agriculture Committees enjoyed an entirely hemp-fueled breakfast on John Strohfus' industrial hemp field Friday, Aug. 11.
A fake ID can be hard to spot. Sophisticated systems used to produce fraudulent identification cards can recreate the black bar on the backs of cards that cashiers typically scan to verify someone's age before ringing up booze or cigarettes. But a second bar on the back made up of nearly microscopic text appears blotchy on fakes. This subtle gaff is usually what alerts employees at Top Ten Liquors in Woodbury of a fake ID.
More than 500 National Guard soldiers will start training for a yearlong deployment to southwest Asia starting fall 2018 following a preliminary announcement Monday, Aug. 14. Among the soldiers are 14 from Rosemount, 12 from Farmington, nine from Woodbury and two from Red Wing. Lt. Col. Jeff Ulrick, a Farmington resident who commands the Rosemount-based 34th Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, broke the news to soldiers assigned there Sunday, Aug. 13.
The first phase in a Woodbury redevelopment will introduce a new dining-cinema experience to Minnesota. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is scheduled to open its first Minnesota location at Woodbury Lakes development early next summer. Styled as a "lifestyle entertainment brand," Drafthouse combines dining and drinking with the traditional movie-going experience.
A New Hope man accused of fatally shooting a Maplewood woman at her Mendota Heights workplace is in custody after evading authorities for three days, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said. Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 44, was arrested late Monday, July 31, in Blaine. He faces Dakota County charges of second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.
The brother of a man acquitted in the highly publicized 1992 disappearance of a 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl faces 18 months in prison and 15 years of probation following conviction for sex crimes involving a minor in his care. A Washington County court sentenced Jerry Guevara Jr., 53, Woodbury, Monday, July 31, on two felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a nearly 15-year sexual relationship that led to the birth of six children. The mother would have been 16 when the first child was born.
A bill that would accelerate the construction of a federal nuclear repository at a former nuclear testing site in Nevada experienced its first victory after passing a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee last weekend. The partner bill in the U.S. Senate, however, excluded funding for the project's completion.
A Brooklyn Park man will serve eight years in prison for his role in trafficking two women for commercial sex at a Woodbury hotel. A Washington County judge convicted Tyree Erik Jones, 23, of aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of an individual July 14. Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of the felony crime earlier this month.
All Dakota County licensing offices will offer limited services July 20-24. Official licensing centers in Burnsville, Lakeville and Rosemount will remain open, but people will not be able to get driver's licenses, buy license tabs, transfer vehicle titles or access records. That's because the Department of Public Safety must replace its 30-year-old mainframe computer. Online limitations actually will start Monday, July 17, the Department of Public Safety said.
Former Department of Defense official and Army veteran Dan Feehan announced his run for Minnesota's first congressional district July 11. The Red Wing native will join a pool of four candidates — three fellow Democrats and one Republican — hoping to secure votes for the state's southernmost district during the 2018 U.S. House race. Democrat Rep. Tim Walz, who currently represents the district, announced his candidacy for governor in March.