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APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials. Nikko nearly doubled the average life expectancy of his species, which is 18 years, the news release said. He arrived at the zoo in 2001.
For the past 20 years, I have been enjoying the Farmington municipal pool. Five of these years have included my employment and, although some years have been better than others, one thing has become blatantly clear: The pool is important to the community in southern Farmington.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Minnesota case challenging a state law that allows sex offenders to remain locked up indefinitely. The court announced Monday, Oct. 2, that it will not take up the case. In not hearing it, the court allows an early 2017 ruling by a federal appeals court to stand. The appeals decision overturned a lower court decision that found the sex offender program unconstitutional. The appeals ruling removed requirements for immediate changes.
BreakAway Arts and Cafe, Caring Hands Massage and Spa, and MindfulMotion Pilates, Fitness and Ayurveda are teaming up to offer two new classes beginning next month in Hastings.
Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
MINNEAPOLIS—An Apple Valley, Minn., man has pleaded guilty to killing a St. Paul woman in a car crash after drinking and driving last summer in Minneapolis. Israel Delos Santos, 30, pleaded guilty Friday, Sept. 22, to one count of criminal vehicular homicide—driving with alcohol concentration above 0.08.
ST. PAUL—Bob Dylan will return to the Twin Cities for the first time in three years when he headlines St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 25 with support from gospel singer Mavis Staples. Tickets are priced from $129.50 to $52.50 and go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster.
Joshua and Evan Christensen of Farmington are young, published authors. They're funny, too. The Christensens, ages 10 and 8, submitted jokes for new joke books sponsored by the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation, which publishes the books to raise money to help families pay for children's uncovered medical expenses. The Christensens' jokes were selected from nominations that came in from around the country.
A man faces attempted murder and assault charges in connection to the non-fatal shooting of a 25-year-old woman Sunday night, Sept. 3, in a Farmington neighborhood. Nicholas Orion Carlson, 35, of Farmington, was charged Sept. 6 with attempted second-degree murder with intent to kill, first-degree assault and second-degree assault — all felonies. The attempted murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison if convicted. According to the criminal complaint:
For two days every fall, Farmington Rotarians transform a field at the Dakota County Fairgrounds into the hottest country music destination in the Twin Cities. Ramble Jam, the club's lone fundraiser, will draw thousands of music fans and some of the fastest-rising country artists around to Farmington Sept. 15-16 for a weekend of music, camping and good times. And it's all for the good of the community.