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Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie reported Monday that his home was struck by a stray bullet last Saturday morning, Jan. 28, around 4 a.m. According to a new release, the incident is believed to be related to information later learned from residents several blocks away who stated they were awakened by four or five gunshots at or near that same time. The exact location of the gunshots is unknown, but believed to be near Highway 13 and Sylvandale Road in Mendota Heights.
The last 12 months represented a year of change to the staff at the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages. But amidst those shifts, we wanted to continue one favorite tradition — a look back at our favorite and most memorable stories of the year. The stories we're highlighting aren't necessarily the most newsworthy, which, all things considered, can be a tricky metric anyway. Instead, they're the stories that we'll look back on fondly, or stories that made for a more interesting than average day at work. We hope you'll enjoy reflecting back with us.
Commissioner Mike Slavik, who represents District 1 of Dakota County, was selected to serve as the chair of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, replacing Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler who retired after 18 years. Replacing Schouweiler to represent District 4 on the board is newly elected Commissioner Joe Atkins of Inver Grove Heights. Atkins comes to the board after serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 14 years representing District 52B.
ST. PAUL — As cold weather sweeps into the state, the Minnesota Commerce Department is encouraging low-income Minnesotans to get help with paying their heating bills through the state's Energy Assistance Program. Households that earn less than 50 percent of the state's median annual income ($47,194 for a family of four) are eligible for the Energy Assistance Program.
Residents of Dakota County are invited to join a number of volunteer citizen advisory committees that provide advice to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. Dakota County residents interested in serving on a committee can call the county administration at 651-438-4418 for an application. The application deadline is Dec. 16 or until all openings are filled.
Dakota County Community Services is offering workshops to assist people applying for MNsure health care programs during the 2016-17 open enrollment period. MNsure is a one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can get help, compare plans, and choose from a variety of companies to find quality and affordable coverage. Workshops will be held through Jan. 30 at Dakota County library locations. A certified navigator will help attendees set up MNsure accounts online, guide them through applications and answer any questions.
Area residents can drop off holiday lights and electrical, phone and appliance cords for recycling at a variety of locations in Farmington and Rosemount. ProAct’s “Holiday Lights Recycling” program will over drop-off locations in the area through Jan. 31, 2017. Christmas lights and electrical cords cannot be recycled in standard, single-sort recycling bins, and can cause problems in the regular waste stream, but the material is recoverable, said ProAct Production Coordinator Jennifer Cavalier.
Aaron Rother has joined RiverTown Multimedia as a multimedia sales representative. Rother's background includes 17 years in advertising, including print, radio, social media and digital marketing. Rother has helped hundreds of local businesses grow during this time through his active partnership with them.
The Dakota County Historical Society is seeking information from county residents for an upcoming exhibit on life during World War I opening in 2017. The project is being supported through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through the grant awarded to the organization, an independent researcher has been hired to assist with research for the exhibit.
Dakota Electric Association is inviting students and anyone interested in energy jobs to stop by the cooperative's career open house on Monday, Oct. 17. Company employees will be on hand to talk about a variety of careers and the educational requirements of those careers. Students will learn about jobs, tour the facility, enjoy refreshments and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Representatives from Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson, and Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, will be on hand as well.