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The Aug. 1 edition of the Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages will be its last. RiverTown Multimedia officials said declining advertising and subscriber support prompted the decision to cease publishing the newspaper and its online counterpart. Neal Ronquist, publisher of RiverTown Multimedia, said the paper was losing money and that efforts to keep the publication afloat financially were unsuccessful.
July's Weed of the Month, cutleaf teasel (Dipsacus lacinatus), once had a useful propose. But now the weed is being targeted for eradication in Minnesota. Cutleaf teasel is an herbaceous perennial plant that dies after producing seed. It was brought to North America from Europe in the 1700s and its stiff, bristly seed heads were used in the textile industry to raise the nap on fabric. Cutleaf teasel has also been used as an ornamental plant in gardens and flower arrangements.
The American Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer. Around holidays like Independence Day, donations often don't keep pace with patient needs. The Red Cross is thanking all those who donate through July 6 with a Red Cross Missing Types T-shirt, while supplies last.
Rosemount Area Arts Council and Friends of Robert Trail Library have announced the winners of the third annual Short Story Writing Contest, part of the 2019 ArtBlast. The contest was open to amateur writers in third grade through high school and adults. Each winner received a Barnes and Noble gift card.
Boaters might want to take extra care to keep sober this Fourth of July Weekend, as law enforcement agencies are ramping up their efforts to curb impaired boating on lakes across the region. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing patrols on lakes over the weekend as part of "Operation Dry Water," a national enforcement campaign aimed at cracking down on boating while intoxicated.
Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls will hold free farm tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. In addition to hay ride tours of the turkey farm, the annual event features local food samples, activities for children and live music. An on-farm market will be open for refreshments. Ferndale Market is at 31659 Willow Trail in Cannon Falls.
Rosemount residents are welcome to get their feet wet and visit the Rosemount City Council from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, near the splash pad at Central Park in Rosemount. Council members will take advantage of the warmer summer months to visit city parks to allow for informal discussions with residents. These council sessions are similar in format to the Coffee with the Council chats held in the past.
At 6:31 p.m. June 13, River Falls police were sent to Northtown Cleaners, 402 N. Main St., for a report of an armed robbery. According to the police report, witnesses said two men entered the cleaners. One man asked for buttons to be sewed on a coat, and the other purchased a drink from a pop machine. A staff person said she asked one of the men if they were doing any laundry that day as the business was going to close in 30 minutes. The men said they were not doing any laundry, the staff person reported.
MINNEAPOLIS — Rosemount High School Class of 2019 celebrated an academic milestone with a commencement ceremony Saturday, June 1, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis. Photos by John R. Russett / RiverTown Multimedia
Knock, knock. Who's there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you sorry that you ignored that road construction sign and got a ticket? Juvenile behavior deserves a juvenile joke — and a hefty fine. Responsible adult drivers know that navigating through a road construction zone is serious business, and those motorists who ignore the rules at best or disregard them out of personal haste or convenience at worst are a menace to all.