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Farmington native Philip Aurich remains in critical condition following the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. He was among the hundreds injured when a gunman opened fire into a 22,000-person crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Resort and Casino. At least 50 people were killed during the shooting.
Three Dakota County men face a felony assault charge and a first-degree robbery charges following an alleged attack in the restroom of a Rosemount restaurant. Spencer Curtis McAloney, 19, of Rosemount, Dylan Michael Lovick, 20, of Eagan, and Mitchell Dayton Stearns, 20, of Apple Valley are accused of luring a man into the restroom under the guise of a drug deal and beating him unconscious.
For a trained vocalist like Linda Mealey-Lohmann, a tonal language like Chinese make perfect sense: different inflections evoke different meanings. She studied different languages through diction courses as a vocal major in college and took four years of Spanish classes, but few other languages "clicked" with her quite like Chinese. During a 10-week course she took over the summer, she said her background as a singer helped her detect and mimic tonal differences her classmates would miss.
A Hastings farmer known for trailblazing Minnesota's industrial hemp industry is urging lawmakers to lift some limitations on how his crop can be used and marketed. Towers of spindly, green leaves swayed gently in the breeze as researchers, hemp industry stakeholders and members of the Minnesota House Agriculture Committees enjoyed an entirely hemp-fueled breakfast on John Strohfus' industrial hemp field Friday, Aug. 11.
More than 500 National Guard soldiers will start training for a yearlong deployment to southwest Asia starting fall 2018 following a preliminary announcement Monday, Aug. 14. Among the soldiers are 14 from Rosemount, 12 from Farmington, nine from Woodbury and two from Red Wing. Lt. Col. Jeff Ulrick, a Farmington resident who commands the Rosemount-based 34th Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, broke the news to soldiers assigned there Sunday, Aug. 13.
A New Hope man accused of fatally shooting a Maplewood woman at her Mendota Heights workplace is in custody after evading authorities for three days, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said. Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 44, was arrested late Monday, July 31, in Blaine. He faces Dakota County charges of second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.
A Brooklyn Park man will serve eight years in prison for his role in trafficking two women for commercial sex at a Woodbury hotel. A Washington County judge convicted Tyree Erik Jones, 23, of aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of an individual July 14. Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of the felony crime earlier this month.
All Dakota County licensing offices will offer limited services July 20-24. Official licensing centers in Burnsville, Lakeville and Rosemount will remain open, but people will not be able to get driver's licenses, buy license tabs, transfer vehicle titles or access records. That's because the Department of Public Safety must replace its 30-year-old mainframe computer. Online limitations actually will start Monday, July 17, the Department of Public Safety said.
Should a citizen ever take the law into their own hands? Gunnar "Raven" Ravendal grapples with the question after his niece is murdered by sex traffickers in Prescott author Jerry Rice's premier novel "Raven Avenging." Set in the late 1970s, the story harkens back to the "Minnesota Pipeline," a crime phenomenon in which sex traffickers from the east coast would target the state's abundant population of blonde, blue-eyed women. Raven's niece, Kari, fit the description.
Rosemount High School teacher and head football coach Jeff Erdmann has announced his run for Minnesota's 2nd District. Erdmann will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Jason Lewis in the 2018 election. "I never thought I would be running for Congress," Erdmann said in his May 24 announcement. "After seeing the behavior of our politicians, especially Jason Lewis, I realized that if working Americans want proper representation, then working Americans like myself need to run for office."