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Today’s news update – School Board discusses “expulsion abeyance”; Rebound asks for additional $ for multi-million dollar hotel project; Warm temps mean burglaries heat up too

May 2, 2016


School Board discusses “expulsion abeyance”

Discipline in the schools has been spotlighted all over the State including Northfield’s administration.  Superintendent Dr. Richardson said after meetings with teachers, parents and more, they presented proposed changes to the Board last week including changes to the language defining a firearm and searching student vehicles in the parking lot.  They also looked at expellable offenses.  In the past there have been 2 options; take them through the process and expel them or they could withdraw from school and go somewhere else. (more…)

Community News: Dakota Co. SWCD filing for Board elections

May 2, 2016

ef141bac7f9573a2e9e2cba53fada636Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District is having board election filings beginning in May.  Due to recent redistricting, the Dakota County SWCD has all five Supervisor positions up for election.  Supervisors play an important role in a wide variety of natural resource management issues at the local level, including water quality, soil erosion, stormwater management, agricultural conservation and land protection.  For more detailed information click on the links below:

Board Election Filings final


Kayla Horan | Program Specialist | Dakota County SWCD

4100 220th Street West, Suite 102 | Farmington, MN 55024

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Today’s news update – Norovirus sickens dozens; Hosp Board okays 1 year commitment to Community Rec program; Dundas development; Chief Nelson reminds students to drive safe and parents of social host ordinance as Prom approaches

April 29, 2016


Norovirus sickens dozens

Hogan Brothers is closed till Monday, reads a sign on the door.  Minnesota Dept. of Health Spokesman Doug Schultz confirmed yesterday afternoon that they are investigating the restaurant for norovirus. He said the virus is pretty much always circulating and it is…”a fecal/oral virus which comes from our intestinal tract.  You have to get fecal matter on your hands and then ingest it”.  He added… ” typically norovirus is an illness that comes from someone who is ill serves the food or comes in contact with it”.  Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and headache.  It typically clears up within 2 to 3 days. The popular restaurant closed voluntarily for a deep cleaning. Schultz said Norovirus is very common and the largest contributor to foodborne illness in the U.S.   The Dept. of Health got involved when dozens of Carleton College students reported ill. (more…)

Community News: Klobuchar Urges Participation in Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 29, 2016

Klobuchar Urges Participation in Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 

In the Senate, Klobuchar has worked to pass and implement major bipartisan legislation to expand drug take-back programs

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day gives Minnesotans the opportunity to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs to avoid diversion, misuse, and abuse

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is urging Minnesotans to participate intomorrow’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10:00 am until 2:00 pm CDT tomorrow, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will allow people across the country to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs to avoid diversion, misuse, and abuse. Minnesotans can participate by visiting their local collection site, which they can find on the DEA’s website HERE.   

“As a former prosecutor, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects drug abuse can have on families in Minnesota and across the country,” said Klobuchar. “Initiatives like the DEA’s Drug Take-Back Day are important in helping promote awareness and reversing this deadly trend.”  

Klobuchar has long led local and national efforts to curb drug abuse and help people overcome addiction. In September 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) implemented Klobuchar’s bipartisan Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act. Under the legislation, consumers are provided with more safe and responsible ways to dispose of unused prescription medications and controlled substances. Klobuchar’s bipartisan bill, theComprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), recently passed the Senate. This bill would encourage states and local communities to pursue a full array of proven strategies in the fight against addiction.  


CAPTION: Klobuchar with representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to promote their national take-back initiative. Klobuchar_Take-Back Day

Today’s news update – 3 counties/3 stolen vehicles – suspect apprehended; Mayor suggests “Lessons Learned” report; A hearing on Weitz Center expansion has neighbors crying foul

April 28, 2016


3 counties/3 stolen vehicles – suspect apprehended

Brown, JordanThree counties and 3 stolen vehicles later, an Inver Grove Heights man is in jail.  Rice County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a stolen vehicle from Dakota County yesterday morning and gave chase.  An hour later, Goodhue county deputies apprehended 20 year old Jordan Allen Brown after he crashed the 3rd vehicle he’d stolen in a field. His escapade included carjacking a woman in the parking lot of Greg’s Meats in Hampton and stealing another vehicle in Nerstrand.  Goodhue county deputies chased Brown who crashed the 3rd vehicle in a field off 20th Avenue and 410th street.  He’s being held in Dakota county pending formal charges.  His first court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow.  (more…)


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