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FARMINGTON — No stranger to writing about strong women in the political sphere, author Antonia Felix set her sights on the persistent, progressive figure Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In the biography, "Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life," Felix follows the liberal progressive lawmaker through her Oklahoma youth, journey through higher education, her four law teaching jobs from the University of Houston to Harvard Law School, her 2011 Senate campaign and subsequent Congress tenure.
DAKOTA COUNTY — Dakota County has joined the series of Minnesota lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for opioid-related damages. Attorney James Backstrom announced Aug. 16 that his office has filed a suit against pharmaceutical companies that make and market Oxycodone, Fentanyl and morphine drugs, including Purdue Pharma L.P. Over 20 Minnesota counties are involved in opioid-related lawsuits. Ramsey and Washington filed in November 2017. The Dakota County Board voted last December to pursue a case.
RAVENNA TOWNSHIP — The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office recovered a drowning victim in the Vermillion River near the Etter Bridge in Ravena Township Monday, July 23. The Sheriff’s Office reported on its Twitter account that authorities began searching for the unknown drowning victim around 9 p.m. on Monday. The body was recovered just before 2 a.m. on the morning of July 24. The victim was found using sonar and recovered by the Sheriff’s Office dive team.
Across the state, school districts like Farmington's and Rosemount's are increasing their efforts to find and support homeless students.
Dakota County is proposing a new facility — the SMART (Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Training) Center — for law enforcement and first responder training and offices. Dakota County's proposed SMART Center came in part due to space needs and new training requirements. It would provide space for mental health, diversity and crisis intervention training, as well as space for the growing electronic crimes and drug task forces to work, Sheriff Tim Leslie said. Construction is proposed in Inver Grove Heights.
Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs. The counties will file separate lawsuits, but Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said they are all working in conjunction to launch the suits. Prosecutors say the lawsuits are a response to the rise in opioid abuse and an attempt to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for their products and marketing.
When Jim Meyer's shed housing his tractors, wagons and combine went up in flames, his neighbors stepped in to make sure his harvest schedule barely missed a beat. Meyer doesn't farm a huge amount of acres — about 100 acres total of corn and soybeans — but he had nearly a quarter of it left when the fire started. With no equipment to bring in the crop himself, he knew he would need help. "I knew somebody would help me, somewhere down the line," Meyer said. "And I'll tell them the same thing: When they're done (with their farms), don't drop anything."
Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs.
Vehicle title registration remains one of the biggest sticking points in the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System launched in July.
Kristen Farris of Rosemount wanted to make it easier for the dogs she fostered to transition into a new home, a hope that inspired her to launch CuddleMutt. Fostering for the Eden Prairie-based rescue Secondhand Hounds, she encountered a lot of pets waiting for their forever homes. "I always felt like I wanted to send them with something, like a blanket, to help with a transition," Farris said.