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The National Junior College Athletic Association released its latest Division II men's basketball poll Feb.21, ranking the Dakota County Technical College Blue Knights basketball team No. 8 in the country. The Blue Knights shot up from No. 13 after an 82-77 win against Williston State College and a 90-56 win against Ridgewater College last week. The team is on a 10-game winning streak, with an overall record of 22-5 "Wow!" said Head Coach Jay Pivec, a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame, when notified of the ranking. "It's certainly an honor for us to be ranked. I'm speechless.
Hundreds turned out to the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department's Family Fun Fest. The annual festival featured music by the Alpha Bits, jumpies, ice skating and treats.
A crowd of about 25 people showed up to watch Love Letters at the Steeple Center Feb. 9. The two-person play was sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. The Pulitzer Prize winning drama follows two characters Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeacy Ladd III as they read through a lifetime of letters, notes and cards that have passed between them. Michael and Julie Bateson played the characters.
A 35-year Dakota County jail deputy, charged in Scott County with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and with criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, remains lodged in the Scott County Jail in Shakopee. Raul Rubio Mascorro is employed as a jail deputy at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. He has been accused of molesting two minor children. He is scheduled to appear in Scott County District Court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, for an omnibus hearing. Mascorro is not a licensed peace officer.
Charles Cunningham, Courtney French Charles William Cunningham and Courtney Jayne French, both of Rosemount, have graduated from North Dakota State University. Charles earned a bachelor of science degree in emergency management. Courtney earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing. Katherine Wallin Katherine Wallin of Rosemount is a member of Northwestern College's honors program.
Another unseasonably warm week has put an end to outdoor skating in the Rosemount. The city announced Tuesday that because of the warm weather this week all of the outdoor rinks in Rosemount have been closed. Even if the weather cools down in the near future, it appears skating options will remain limited. The city has said only the rinks in Central Park and Jaycee Park will reopen if weather allows.
Members of Home Free Vocal Band, a Mankato-based a capella group, worked with members of Rosemount High School choirs recently. Students got lessons on beat boxing and music arranging, among other things, and got a performance by the group. Home Free Vocal Band will perform Feb. 16 at RHS as a fundraiser for choir students who are taking a trip to perform in Europe.
This week's Pet of the Week is Lucky. Lucky is a one to two-year-old wired hair dachshund. Brought into Shamrock as a rescue, she is a friendly dog who gets along well with everyone she meets. She is housebroken. Also Lucky has been spayed and is current with vaccinations. Cost to adopt Lucky is $275. Shamrock Animal Hospital is located at 14390 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount. Phone: 651-423-3565
James Edwin Smith was born Jan. 7, 2012, ot Stephanie Pratt and Cass Smith of Rosemount. He was born at Regina Medical Center in Hastings.At birth, James weighed 7 pounds, 12.3 ounces and was 21 inches long. He is joined at home by his parents and brother, Cass C.Smith, Jr. Grandparents are Cindy Pratt of Hastings and Marilyn Charleston of St.Paul.
An accident Jan. 20 at the intersection of Highway 3 and County Road 42 sent one to the hospital. While the exact cause of the accident is being investigated, it is likely slick roads contributed to the collision between a car and truck. The woman driving the car suffered a head injury, said fire chief Scott Aker. The injury was not life threatening but the woman was transported by Health East to Regions Hospital for treatment. Aker said the male driver of the truck was not injured in the accident. The Town Pages will update this story as more information becomes available.