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The open fields near Highways 61 and 316 will soon be home to a new living community. The Prairie Island Indian Community broke ground Thursday on a 38,000-square-foot elder assisted living center located on 18 acres of tribal land in Welch. The assisted living center will serve tribal members. "The elders' assisted living facility will allow for those who have raised us, taught us and made us into what we are today, to continue living their lives comfortably and safely within our own community," said Shelley Buck, Tribal Council president.
To most adults, the once-familiar, all-encompassing world of teenage life made sense, but by the time they had teenagers of their own, that world was little more than a distant memory. At least, that's what the creators of the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" argue, which by their account makes the show a jumping-off point to important discussions surrounding youth and mental health. While it would be hard to argue the series hasn't sparked conversation, not everyone agrees on the value the show brings to progressing the mental health discussion.
GOODHUE — An excavating and trucking company must pay an $80,000 penalty and take several corrective actions after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found an improperly installed underground fuel tank on the property. Fitzgerald Excavating and Trucking, owned by Jason Fitzgerald, must comply with state rules to protect groundwater after the MPCA's discovery. The agency said Fitzgerald went to great lengths to keep the 12,000-gallon tank at 21432 350th St., Goodhue, hidden from MPCA inspectors.
Delving through colorful baskets filled with sweets and presents, Kristin Albers and her three children enjoyed a traditional Easter morning. Emma, Eila and Charlie assembled Lego kits — with their mother’s helpful hand — in a sea of pastel candy wrappers. These would be the children’s last moments with their mother.
CANNON FALLS, Minn. — A holiday parade has stirred unpleasant emotions after it was learned a man convicted of criminal sexual conduct posed as Santa Claus. Joel Allen Hempel, 56, of Cannon Falls was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1989. A plea agreement resulted in Hempel being convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to a year in prison and probation. Records show Hempel served prison time in 2000 at Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud for a probation violation related to the case.
A man was rescued from a canoe accident on the Cannon River last Wednesday. Richard Finklea, 52, Minneapolis, and Rendee Foster, 52, Hastings, were involved in the incident. The couple...