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Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs. The counties will file separate lawsuits, but Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said they are all working in conjunction to launch the suits. Prosecutors say the lawsuits are a response to the rise in opioid abuse and an attempt to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for their products and marketing.
When Jim Meyer's shed housing his tractors, wagons and combine went up in flames, his neighbors stepped in to make sure his harvest schedule barely missed a beat. Meyer doesn't farm a huge amount of acres — about 100 acres total of corn and soybeans — but he had nearly a quarter of it left when the fire started. With no equipment to bring in the crop himself, he knew he would need help. "I knew somebody would help me, somewhere down the line," Meyer said. "And I'll tell them the same thing: When they're done (with their farms), don't drop anything."
Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs.
NEWPORT, Minn. — An unusual culprit is being blamed for wreaking havoc this fall. The city-owned properties between Cedar Lane and the Mississippi River have seen at least 12 trees up to 75 or 100 feet tall chewed down by beavers, Public Works Superintendent Bruce Hanson said, and many more left half-felled. "It's to the point I believe it's becoming a safety concern," Hanson said at the Nov. 2 meeting. "So many (trees) are girdled that I believe there's an urgency to go down there and take care of it. ... There are a lot of areas that deal we this ... we just haven't before."
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.