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Sheriff Leslie asks for patience; Bill not passed addressed cell phone use and vehicle fatalities; Nfld Council votes on ballot question; Lighten Up garage sale

June 19, 2018

Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie is asking the public for patience as the Minnesota State Patrol assists in the investigation of a deadly crash that took the lives of two fathers the day before Father’s Day. Leslie said 36 year old Jon Fontaine, of Farmington, was driving on Goodwin Avenue around 8:30 that night when he ran  through a stop sign at 190th Street East in Vermillion, colliding with a Chevy Traverse. Witnesses said Fontaine never slowed down. The impact caused the Traverse to roll over, and killed both Fontaine and the other car’s front seat passenger, 34-year-old Jared Lazer. Lazer’s wife and three small children (more…)

Minnesota Crop Progress, Waterhemp and Herbicide Restrictions for Soybeans

June 19, 2018

FARMINGTON, Minn. (6/18/18) — Despite rainfall across the state, Minnesota farmers were able to find 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 17, 2018, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field activities for the week included spraying weeds, baling hay, and picking rocks. Nearly all of Minnesota’s corn has emerged. Corn condition decreased slightly to 88 percent good to excellent. The soybeans crop was 96 percent emerged, 9 days ahead of average. Soybean condition rated 83 percent good to excellent. The first sugarbeet rating was 90 percent good to excellent.  Read the complete press release below:

Minnesota Crop Progress and Waterhemp and Herbicide Restrictions for Soybeans

Missing child alert:

June 18, 2018

The Brooklyn Park Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Tanaisha Tennin, 11, of Brooklyn Park. Tanaisha was last seen walking away from her residence on the 8200 block of Queen Ave around 03:00 a.m. after an argument with her mother. Extensive searches have been conducted but authorities have been unable to locate Tanaisha. Because of the weather and her young age, authorities are concerned for her welfare. Tanaisha is described as 4’ 10”, 80 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She may also go by the name of Tanaisha Davis.If you think you have seen Tanaisha or know of her whereabouts please contact the Brooklyn Park PD at 763-493-8222 or dial 911.

Former Carleton student will go to trial; Rice County road work on the way; Body cams offer benefits but bring up privacy issues

June 18, 2018

The case of one student charged in connection with a hazing incident on the Carleton Campus in April of 2017 will go to trial.  20 year old Taariq Muhammad Vanegas of Seattle, was charged with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct. A motion for hearing was made last week.  Rice County Attorney John Fossum said, “there was an allegation that a young man had raped one of the young women who was not in a position to say no”.  The  charge stems from an April 28th, 2017 party in which several students were invited via email, to take part in, what was termed “a tradition of excellence” which included an extreme amount of alcohol. The first jury trial was set for November last year, Fossum said, “it hasn’t been taking an abnormally long time but we have a lot of witnesses who are all over the (more…)

Shakopee man gets 4 yrs in drunk-driving death; Nfld Hosp. CEO discusses healthcare pricing; Nfld City staff to Action Plans with target dates;

June 15, 2018

30 year old Brandon Patrick Dellwo of Shakopee, was sentenced to 48 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty in April, to one count each of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Criminal Vehicular Operation in connection with the death of 29 year old Kacy Merseal of Des Moines.  Last August, Dellwo was driving his SUV eastbound in the westbound lane of Hwy 19 when he struck a volkswagen driven by Merseal.  Her passenger was taken to Northfield Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The pair were heading home to Iowa from a Bruno Mars concert.   Rice County Attorney John Fossum said Dellwo’s blood/alcohol level was .27.  That’s more than three times (more…)

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