The Castle Rock Valley Cemetery lies nestled away on a hill, surrounded by a grove of trees which, in turn, is surrounded by acres and acres of fields. It’s a quiet place, where people go to mourn, or to celebrate a life. To cherish memories, and to simply spend time visiting the graves of loved ones.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Castle Rock Valley Cemetery observed its 150th anniversary
The results are in for the March 12 township elections in Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka. Incumbents won seats in all three communities, and Castle Rock voters approved a measure to let township officials appoint the township clerk's position.
The CapX2020 utilities have started construction on the estimated $500 million, 150-mile Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345 kilovolt project. The first segment under construction is the 16-mile 161 kV line between a new north Rochester substation near Pine Island and the existing Northern Hills Substation in northwest Rochester.
Area township voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect representatives to their respective boards of supervisors.
Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Empire, Eureka and Castle Rock town halls.
For years, Dakota County and the Vermillion River Watershed District have played a leadership role in working to understand and address groundwater and surface water contamination from agricultural activities through the Agricultural Outreach program, developed as a result of the Hastings Area Nitrate Study almost 10 years ago.
When Mike Slavik was first elected to the Hastings City Council in 2006, his parents breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, that political science degree he’d earned at St. John’s University was going to be used.
Well, now Slavik is using that degree full time. He was sworn last week in as the new Dakota County Commissioner for District 1.
Dakota County commissioner Joe Harris has seen plenty of changes in the communities he’s served over the 30-plus years he’s held the District 1 seat.
But that all comes to an end next week, as Harris has officially retired from the Dakota County Board of Commissioners.
Looking at the dry, yellow stalks of corn in many Dakota County fields, it might be hard to think of the flood waters that stood in many of those same fields early in the 2012 growing season.
But the Minnesota Department of Agriculture remembers those days. That’s why the MDA is accepting applications for flood assistance from agricultural producers in 15 Minnesota counties, including Dakota County.
Castle Rock Valley Cemetery is a peaceful place on a sunny spring afternoon. The rows of stone monuments are arranged on a low hill surrounded by farm fields, the grass neatly trimmed and greenery dots a landscaped area at the property’s entrance.
It’s picturesque, but the group that manages the cemetery’s operations are increasingly worried about how long they can keep it that way.
Individuals interested in soil and water protection in Dakota County should consider filing May 22 to June 5 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
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