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When Gov. Mark Dayton and I took office in 2011, Minnesota faced a $6 billion shortfall, and the state's public schools had weathered more than a decade of inconsistent funding and even outright funding cuts. Graduation rates were stagnant, full-day kindergarten was only a dream, and public preschool options were limited or nonexistent.
A missing White Bear Lake teenager has been found safe in Minnepolis, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Crime Alert Network.
Washington, Dakota and Goodhue counties were included in an air-quality alert issued for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to the alert:
The American Red Cross will hold the sixth-annual 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Inwood Oaks, 484 Inwood Ave. N., Oakdale. It is Minnesota's largest, one-day Red Cross blood drive.
Hastings Bierstube will host author Frank Weber on Thursday, Dec. 20. The author event is free and open to any person or club members that enjoy reading mystery/thrillers. Weber will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Bierstube's "new addition." Attendees are invited for a meal or beverage before the event begins. Books, including Weber's newly released book, "The I-94 Murders," will be available for purchase and personalization at the event.
Rosemount Area Arts Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. RAAC applied for the grant in September. The Arts Council will use the grant to purchase upgraded sound equipment to be used with its productions at the Steeple Center.
A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall on an infant ibuprofen product distributed to Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar retail stores. The product was found to have potentially higer levels of ibuprofen than what is listed on the box, according to a news release Dec. 5, 2018 .
Grand Symphonic Winds is performing a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. The concert is free to attend and will include works by Arrieu, Markowski, Van, Sousa and Villa-Cortes. Special guests include Neoteric Wind Ensemble and Chris Kashjian on guitar. Grand Symphonic Winds is a Twin Cities-based civic wind ensemble is known for bringing original music to a diverse audience. It strives to expand and redefine the perception of what constitutes a concert band.
Lane closures are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 on I-494 in Woodbury and I-694 in Oakdale for median work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The first two musical acts were announced Monday, Dec. 3 for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair Grandstand lineup: 90s rockers and the parody song king.