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Dakota County takes step toward more mental health awareness

An estimated minimum of 70,000 people could benefit from a new service designed to improve interactions between law enforcement and vulnerable residents, according to a press release from Vitals Aware ...
John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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1898-1954: Hastings’ black residents pursued their dreams

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final story in a series setting the stage for a community forum that area ministers are planning for Feb. 24 at Hastings High ...

'It feels unreal': Minnesota's Diggins sprints to long-awaited gold in cross-country

Cross-Country Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Team Sprint Free Finals - Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 21, 2018. Jessica Diggins of the U.S reacts after winning. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins delivered the first Olympic cross-country medal for the United States since 1976 with a stunning victory in a thrilling finish to ...

WATCH: Bigham gets sworn in

Karla Bigham. Submitted photo
Senator-elect Karla Bigham of Cottage Grove was sworn in 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea administered the oath of office The DFLer ...
Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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Smashing Pumpkins to visit SD, Minn. in first tour in 20 years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Alternative rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins are coming to South Dakota and Minnesota in August. It’s been more than 20 years since the group has been ...

Lake Elmo woman, 25, likely died of hypothermia along rural Cottage Grove Road

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered Feb. 10 along the 6600 block of Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove.
William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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Former Minn. teacher sent to prison for robbing pharmacies at gunpoint

Melanie Sue Parkin
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former special-education teacher for South St. Paul schools was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Dakota County District Court to three years in prison for ...

Dozens arrested in Super Bowl sex trafficking sting

Minnesota law enforcement agencies arrested more than three dozen people on felony prostitution and child sex-trafficking charges in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, according to the Minnesota ...

Updated at 6 a.m.: Schools closed Monday, Jan. 22

Ellsworth Community School District has announced school will be closed Monday, Jan. 22 due to a predicted a snowstorm. The Ellsworth Elementary Open House, scheduled for Monday night, Jan. 22 ...

Hastings native seeks to unseat Smith

A second Republican is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by DFLer Tina Smith. Bob Anderson, a dental technician from Hastings, said Wednesday he will seek the GOP ...


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