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Out of the 34 compliance checks conducted in 2017, 28 clerks or retailers — 83 percent — upheld the law and refused the sale of tobacco to Pierce County underage youth, according to the Pierce County Health Department. Two of these retailers, BP Amoco in Prescott and Dollar General in River Falls, were randomly selected to receive special recognition this year. The health department wishes to thank and congratulate all tobacco retailers that did not sell tobacco products to minors.
With the creation of a regional newsroom and a larger reporting pool as goals, Publisher Neal Ronquist has announced that the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages office will close permanently at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Ronquist emphasized that RiverTown Multimedia will continue producing the weekly newspaper and the websites with news and sports stories from Farmington, Rosemount and the region. Readers will not experience any changes or interruptions to their paper or its delivery.
WOODBURY — Marie Frederick, member of Artists of Woodbury, is the creative genius behind the Bold North Art Experience. "I thought that it would be a great diversion, and fun experience for people to celebrate art during the festivities of Super Bowl LII," she said. "As an artist in the area, and art educator, I know many talented artists and decided to pull together a group for a sale January 28 to February 10 when people are celebrating the Super Bowl."
Super Bowl Live employee offered VIP tickets in exchange for sex with teens ST PAUL—A Missouri man in town to work at Super Bowl Live is accused of offering two VIP tickets to the event in exchange for sex with a pair of teens. Justin Beard, 33, of Branson, Mo., was charged Thursday, Feb. 1, with two counts of offering or agreeing to hire a prostitute under the age of 16, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court. He is in custody and is expected to make his first appearance in court on Friday.
ST. PAUL — The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota's First Judicial District. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Michael A. Fahey, and will be chambered at Hastings in Dakota County.
Farmington High School administrators over the weekend received word of a potential threat directed at school. They worked with Farmington Police Department to determine the source.
Minn. woman, 19, dies in skiing accident after striking tree WABASHA, Minn.—A 19-year-old Minnesota woman is dead following an accident at a ski resort in southeastern Minnesota Saturday, Jan. 20, according to KTTC-TV. Bethany Becker, of Corcoran, Minn., hit a tree after failing to make a turn toward the bottom of a ski slope at Coffee Mill Ski Area in Wabasha, according to police. An ambulance crew arrived on scene and transported Becker to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys and met the Mayo One helicopter at Plainview along the way.
A new year brought a few changes to how residents can recycle certain items. Dakota County no longer accepts plastic bags and packing peanuts at The Recycling Zone in Eagan. As of Jan. 1, the county also has stopped paying residents to drop off aluminum cans, though cans still are accepted for free recycling. Plastic bags and wrap require special recycling and do not belong in household recycling carts. Bags can wrap around recycling sorting equipment. Many private businesses offer the same service, so it is no longer needed at The Recycling Zone.
Ellsworth Community School District has announced school will be closed Monday, Jan. 22 due to a predicted a snowstorm. The Ellsworth Elementary Open House, scheduled for Monday night, Jan. 22 has been postponed. A new date will be announced. Other area schools who have cancelled school, as of 8 p.m. Sunday night, include Hastings, Goodhue and Red Wing.
Dog walker finds snowmobiler dead 30 miles north of Minneapolis EAST BETHEL, Minn. - A dog walker spotted the remains Thursday, Jan. 18 of an East Bethel, Minn. man apparently killed in a snowmobile crash, investigators said. East Bethel is approximately 30 miles north of Minneapolis. The body had been there at least overnight, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office.