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Jeremy Jackson had little to work with when he was asked to identify remains from a long-abandoned cemetery near Hastings. An avid genealogical researcher, Jackson works with the state archaeologist's office to eak out information from forgotten and unmarked graves throughout Minnesota. When construction in Nininger Township turned up human remains, a text message with the location's address offered the only clue: the property had once been Rose Hill Cemetery. Within two hours, Jackson said he was able track down the name Robert Caleff.
A lawyer representing Sen. Dan Schoen in his final days in the Minnesota Legislature called swirling sexual harassment allegations "suspect" and said Schoen's accusers were "misrepresenting" their interactions. Attorney Paul Rogosheske refuted the accusations at a Nov. 22 news conference following the announcement of Schoen's Dec. 15 resignation. Schoen did not attend the conference. Accusations emerged about two weeks ago following an MinnPost report in which multiple women described unwanted sexual attention from Schoen.
Sandra and Jim Herkenratt looked forward to having neighbors. For 38 years, the couple's home in Nininger township faced only an expansive farm field with no other nearby homes. When a Hastings family broke ground on a new home across the road, the Herkenratts welcomed the prospect of living closer to another family, one with children. Construction, however, halted in September after crews unearthed a macabre discovery. According to investigation documents from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, an excavator digging the home's foundation uncovered bones.
A Hastings man faces a felony charge of terroristic threats following a SWAT response in Ravenna Township. Dakota County sheriff deputies took Mathew Laurence Bartz, 41, into custody late Wednesday, Nov. 1, after responding to a crisis call on the 17500 block of Blackbird Trail in which the caller told dispatchers a man at her residence had a gun. Deputies arrived around 7:30 p.m.
Dawn Groen and two other families in her Rosemount neighborhood spent months organizing and crafting the Little Free Library that stood in Claret Park. They'd hoped their contribution to the park's northern corner — right across the street from their homes — was one the entire community could enjoy. On Saturday, the charred shell of the tiny structure surrounded by scattered, singed pages interrupted Groen's routine early-morning walk as police and firefighters assessed the scene.
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.