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Extra Dakota County DWI enforcement campaigns in December resulted in 34 DWI arrests. That number does not include the arrests made by officers that were working regular shifts for their cities. Dakota County is among the Minnesota's top 13 counties with the highest number of combined alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries. To combat the deadly behavior, extra DWI patrols will saturate Dakota County roads through September 2012. In December of 2011, participating officers stopped 759 vehicles and issued 176 citations for traffic- and equipment-related violations.
January 2 Assault, third degree, substantial bodily harm, 13600 block of Darwin Way Juvenile, curfew violation, suspicious activity, 13800 block of Birchwood Ave. Criminal property damage, fourth degree, value less than $500, 3400 block of 144th St. W. Found animal, Cornell Trail West and Shannon Parkway January 3 Domestic disturbance, 13700 block of Atwood Ave. January 4 Assault, terroristic threats, 15000 block of Crestone Ave.
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Josh A Webster Josh A. Webster of Rosemount graduated from The Art Institutes International Minnesota Dec. 17, 2011. Webster earned a bachelor of science degree in media arts and animation. Jennifer Saunders Scholarships were awarded to 39 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students for international travel during the spring 2012 semester. Jennifer Saunders of Rosemount received a $1,000 award from the Global Awareness-Williams/Rhoades Scholarship Fund. She is a sophomore studying social work and French. Saunders will study in France.
Nearly nine of 10 school-aged children who live in Independent School District 196 are attending District 196 schools this year. According to the district's official enrollment report for 2011-12, there were 28,464 school-aged children living within District 196 on Oct. 1 this year. Of those children, 24,848, approximately 87 percent, are attending District 196 schools. The number of children living in District 196 who are home schooled or attend traditional non-public schools has declined in each of the past five years, from 2,356 in 2007-08 to 2,200 this year.
This week's Pet of the Week is Lacy, a 2-year-old cat who was surrendered to Shamrock Animal Hospital and needs a good home. Lacy is spayed and front declawed. She is friendly and gets along well with other cats. She has had some on-and-off health issues, but she is asymptomatic right now. The cost to adopt Lacy is $195. Shamrock Animal Hospital is located at 14390 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount. Phone: 651-423-3565
District 196 is accepting nominations through Feb. 24 for the 2011-12 Andrew Christopher Randall Memorial Travel Award, given to one Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools employee annually in recognition of their ability to foster mutual respect between individual students and school staff. Any employee, student, parent or resident may nominate a District 196 employee for the award. Employees must have worked in the district for at least five years to be eligible. Nomination forms are available at www.District196.org or by calling 651-423-7784.
January 12 Storytime The Robert Trail Library will host Storytime for All Ages from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 12. The stories and activities are ideal for mixed age groups such as childcare groups and families. Bluegrass at Celts The Rosemount Area Arts Council will host Bluegrass Americana Family Nights the second Thursday of each month through April at Celts Pub, 14506 S. Robert Tr. On Jan. 12, Switched at Birth will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and family friendly.
We suspect there are some Rosemount residents who are tolerant and perhaps even fond of the noises trains make when they pass through the city. Some people grew up around trains, and for them the sound of a train whistle is more lullaby, less alarm clock. Those people are likely in the minority, though, a handful who lament the implementation of a new railroad quiet zone while many others cheer. Rosemount mayor Bill Droste has heard many complaints over the years about the racket caused by trains blowing their horns.
December 26 Domestic disturbance, 13900 block of Broughshane Ave. Criminal damage, fourth degree, value $1 to $500, 3700 block of 148th St. W. December 27 Accident, motor vehicle damage, Robert Trail South and 150 Street West Theft, other property, value less than $500, 14500 block of Dodd Blvd. Theft, other property, value over $1000, 15200 block of Boulder Tr. Possession of methamphetamines, first degree, 14500 block of Chippendale Ave. Criminal damage, fourth degree, value $1 to $500, 3400 block of Upper 143rd St.