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The Friends of Robert Trail Library has partnered with Books to the Rescue, a nonprofit organization that supplies first responders with books for children in crisis. The books contain age-appropriate stories, activities and stuffed animals to help relieve some of the stress children in traumatic situations experience.
To local anglers, a DNR crew rolling up to the Vermillion River bank with thousands of trout flopping around in a tank is a sure sign of spring. A small group of visitors to Farmington's Rambling River Park last Friday got to witness 3,000 rainbow trout exploring their new home for the first time when the Minnesota DNR's East Metro Fisheries showed up to stock the river. The crew made its way along the Vermillion River stocking 3,000 11- to 12-inch rainbow trout from the Lanesboro State Fish Hatchery in preparation for stream trout season, which opens Saturday, April 15.
Dakota County law enforcement officials want drivers to keep their eyes on the road. In conjunction with April's designation as Distracted Driver Awareness Month, a county-wide effort is underway to provide extra enforcement targeting distracted drivers from April 10-23. In addition to placing extra patrols on the road, the campaign has officers teaming up with AAA - The Auto Club Group to distribute nylon phone sleeves to younger, more inexperienced drivers and drivers who are issued citations or warnings for their behavior.
Community members who miss meeting with their neighbors and local police for coffee and conversation are in luck. After a brief hiatus, the Rosemount Police Department's Coffee with Cop program is back. An officer will visit the Starbucks at 14903 South Robert Trail the first Wednesday of each month and Caribou Coffee, at 3868 150th Street W., the third Wednesday of each month. The visits will start at 9 a.m. and last about an hour.
For the last 24 years a coalition of 14 south metro churches have taken turns hosting a twice-yearly program for those going through difficult times called Growing Through Loss. The Church of St. Joseph in Rosemount will serve as host Tuesday, April 18. The program will continue the following four Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m.
Two traffic stops in Rosemount over the weekend led to the recovery and seizure of three handguns and several illegal drugs, according to police. Devontay Deshaun Hines, 23, of Minneapolis, was arrested at 2:48 a.m. April 1 at the intersection of Clayton Avenue and 160th Street E in Coates after allegedly fleeing police who discovered a handgun in the back of his car during a traffic stop.
The Second Act Players, the Rosemount Area Arts Council's senior theater group, got off to a slow start in 2015, but since January of last year, the group has really taken off.
If you've always wondered if that ugly vase your great aunt Ethel left you is worth any money, now is your chance to find out. Author and antique appraiser Mark F. Moran will be at the Robert Trail Library April 1 to appraise antiques and collectibles for community members in a program sponsored by Dakota County Libraries.
Rosemount High School junior Kjell Anderson had never entered any kind of design competition before, but now he is greeted by a giant banner featuring his own original logo for RHS's upcoming Centennial Celebration when he enters his school each day. Anderson submitted the winning design for the high school's 100-year reunion event. His logo will be used in all marketing materials for the event, which is scheduled to take place the weekend of Sept. 22-24, 2017, in conjunction with Rosemount High School's Homecoming celebration.
Nature lovers who want to help support Minnesota's bluebird population will have the opportunity to attend a 90-minute training session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount. Minnesota Master Naturalist David Schmidt, who serves as Dakota County Coordinator for the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program, will teach the course.