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Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, county attorney James Backstrom and the county's law enforcement partners are working with the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and city councils to make it easier to properly dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. In an effort to help prevent crime, drug abuse or accidental poisoning, Dakota County will have three permanent collection sites available on Dec. 15.
December 5 Abondoned animal, 3300 block of 147 St. W. Public order for protection, 2800 block of 145 St. W. Domestic disturbance, 2600 block of 132 Ct. W. Theft from vehicle, less than $500, 3600 block of 148 St. W. Cracked, discolored windshield, Chevelle Court and Upper 149 Street West December 6 Fraud, financial transaction, 15100 block of Cimarron Ave. Criminal damage, fourth degree, value $1 to $500, 15500 block of Cornell Tr. W. Found bicycle, 2800 block of 145 St.
Video of a prank at last week's Rosemount High School pep fest has drawn a lot of attention since it appeared online. The video, which shows some winter sports captains getting an unexpected kiss from a parent, has gotten coverage from local and national news stations and Comedy Central web-clip show Tosh.0. Some have said in comments that they're offended by the video, but others have argued it's all in fun. What do you think?
The Velvet Tones, Senior Adult Community Chorus, will present its second annual family Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 17 at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 South Robert Trail. The concert will be held in the banquet hall of the Community Center. Sponsored by Apple Valley Parks and Recreation and Community Education, School District 196, the Velvet Tones are a 65 member non-audition chorus directed by professional musician Rich Clausen. The chorus presents more than 30 shows annually throughout the metropolitan area.
Rosemount High School debaters competed recently at the JV/Novice State Championships. Ava Weerts reached the octofinal round (top 16) in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Aisha Mohamed qualified for the double octofinals (top 32) in the same division. In novice policy debate, Jacob Alex was the 11th-ranked individual debater in a field of 120.
Koch Companies' Flint Hills Refinery received one of 121 awards the company as a whole received in 2011. The honors recognize the companies' environmental, safety and community stewardship. "Koch Industries is one of the most diverse companies in the world, with an array of operational challenges," says Jim Mahoney, executive vice president for operations excellence and compliance. Flint Hills Resources' Rosemount refinery received the Award of Honor from the Minnesota Safety Council for the fourth consecutive year.
Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has appointed 35 members to a panel charged with developing a new evaluation system for Minnesota teachers.
This week's Pet of the Week is Betty White, an older but still feisty poodle who came from a recently busted puppy mill in Minnesota. She is up to date on vaccines, spayed, and had a full dental. She is loving and scared. Her adoption fee is $50.
November 28 Driving without a valid license, 3700 block of 150 St. W. Assist other agency, 15500 block of Pilot Knob Rd. Theft from vehicle, value $500 to $1000, 3700 block of 150 St. W. Civil matter, 2900 block of 146 St. W. Driving after license suspension, 145 Street West and Shannon Parkway Accident, motor vehicle damage, 3000 block of 145 St. W. Accident, motor vehicle damage, 15100 block of Carrousel Way November 29 Accident, motor vehicle damage, 150 Street West and Robert Trail South Animal at large, 14300 block of Robert Tr.
Members of Dakota County United Educators representing the 2,100 teachers and school nurses in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District ratified a new, two-year contract agreement with the school district in a membership vote held Dec. 5. The ratified agreement will be presented to the school board for final approval at its next regular meeting Dec. 12. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2011 and runs through June 30, 2013. It provides for step and lane (years of service and education attained) increases in both years of the contract.