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A dangerous near miss happened this morning on a road near you. A motorist racing to work came around the bend and found a tractor starting to lumber up the hill. Another vehicle was already behind the tractor, but the impatient motorist figured he could overtake both the car and the tractor. Halfway around them, he suddenly encountered an SUV cresting the hill at 60 mph.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Dakota County, and the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District have teamed up to offer area residents free nitrate testing clinics. Homeowners who rely on private wells for their drinking water supply should test for nitrates on a regular basis. Free nitrate testing clinics that will be held from 5-8 p.m. on: • Thursday, May 2, at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation building, 4100 220th St. W., Farmington • Thursday, May 16, at Hampton City Hall, 5265 238th St. E.
The City of Rosemount will host its annual spring cleanup day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, in the east parking lot at the Dakota County Technical College. This event is intended to allow participants to dispose of unwanted items that are not normally accepted by residential trash haulers. Prices for disposal for some items are as follows: • Intact automotive batteries — Free • Construction and demolition debris — Free • Fluorescent bulbs — $0.60-$4.35 depending on size and type • Carpet — $2 per roll
Neal L. Broten, a River Falls resident and former National Hockey League and Olympic hockey player, was arrested Sunday, April 21 on suspicion of OWI-third offense in Pierce County, according to jail records. The 59-year-old was taken into custody at 9:24 p.m. Citations filed in Pierce County Traffic Court include possessing open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and fail to stop at stop sign. He was released from jail at 8:47 a.m. April 22.
The Rosemount High School Winter Color Guard capped off its eighth season on April 3 with a performance at the 2019 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The championships featured 352 winter guard teams from around the U.S. and world, with 138 teams competing in Rosemount's Scholastic A class. Winter guard performances are held indoors and include choreographed dance, flag, rifle and sabre features set to pre-recorded music.
FARMINGTON — Children and their families braved the snowy grounds to snatch up Easter eggs April 13 at the Dakota City Heritage Village. The Farmington Fire Department Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Farmington Business Association and provided over 10,000 eggs to be discovered by three age groups of children. Youth were able to gather 10 eggs apiece and pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny and Sparky, the Fire Department mascot.
FARMINGTON — A man accused of grabbing a Farmington woman in a sexual manner has been charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Jordan Scott Togbah, 24, of Farmington was arrested at his home on April 5. The alleged crime took place around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in front of the victim's Farmington home when Togbah allegedly grabbed the woman in a sexual manner, according to Farmington detective Shawn Scovill. "She provided a description and said she recalled seeing the individual at Family Fresh grocery store prior to event," Scovill said.
A leading rating agency has raised Dakota County's bond rating to AAA, the highest score possible. In issuing its new rating, Standard and Poor's Global Ratings attributed the upgrade to the strong economy and the county's management and financial performance. S&P concluded that Dakota County's outlook is stable. "The upgrade reflects the county's extremely strong and growing economic base, very strong financial position, low debt profile and very strong management team," said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Cora Bruemmer.
The following area schools are closed Thursday, April 11, 2019, due to snow.
Dakota County's two higher education institutions — Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College — are combining their annual galas into one event for the first time on Thursday, April 18. Proceeds from the event will support the foundations of each college, which provide scholarships, emergency grants, and other financial support to students and the colleges.