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Farmington High School student Victoria Almquist and Rosemount High School student Kaitlyn Stock have been awarded $500 scholarships from the Dakota County Regional Charitable Foundation. They are among five female students who will be presented with the awards at the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s WomEn’s Conference Thursday, March 9, in Burnsville.
County Road 42 will be closed Sunday, Feb. 19, near the intersection with Highway 3. Work on the railroad crossing just east of the intersection will lead to a closure on either side of the track. The closing will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. A detour will be posted on County Road 42 that will direct through traffic to 145th Street West via Highway 3 and Biscayne Avenue. The closure is limited to County Road 42 at the rail crossing. Other streets, including Highway 3 and Business Parkway, will remain open.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office will host its annual “Citizen Academy” again in 2017. The program will run six consecutive Thursdays starting Feb. 16 and concluding March 23. The six sessions will run from 6-9 p.m. on each of those Thursdays.
Registration is now open for businesses and community groups interested in exhibiting at the Farmington Community Expo on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon at Farmington High School. The expo gives local residents an opportunity to learn about resources, businesses, and organizations that make Farmington a great place to live, work and play. In 2016, this annual event drew 2,500 people.
Several Dakota County parks will be closed periodically during November and December due to controlled deer hunts. Hunts are scheduled at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Spring Lake Park Reserve, and Miesville Ravine Park Reserve. To ensure the safety of residents, the parks will be closed off to the public during the hunts, which are part of Dakota County's deer management program. Lebanon Hills will be closed all day on Nov. 7, 12, and 21, and closed until noon on Nov. 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23.
The last group of 34th Infantry Division soldiers will return from a year-long deployment today. The group returned to the Rosemount Community Center around 4 p.m. The public joined family and friends in welcoming the soldiers home. More than 1,200 National Guard soldiers representing 273 Minnesota Communities and 14 states deployed with the Red Bulls. Soldiers with the Red Bulls have returned home in waves over the last month. Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq.
The third wave of soldiers from the 34th Infantry Division will return home at 6 p.m. Feb. 5. The soldiers have wrapped up a one-year deployment to Iraq. Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq. Headquartered at Contingency Operating Base Basra, the 34th Infantry Division led a force of approximately 14,000 U.S. service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces. Once they arrive in Minnesota the soldiers will be transported to National Guard armories in Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights and Stillwater.
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Negotiations could resume on a near-defunct income tax reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin, a state lawmaker said. Wisconsin legislators expressed interest in resuming talks on the deal set to end in December, Minnesota state Sen. Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury said. The 41-year-old agreement allowed people living in one state and working in the other to file one tax return.
A deer hunter in northwestern Minnesota shot what turned out to be an axis deer Sunday. An exotic species, axis deer are native to India. Stuart Bensen, conservation officer for the Department of Natural Resources in Erskine said he received a call Sunday afternoon from a hunter who'd shot the deer. The animal was a spike buck, Bensen said, and was about 60 percent white with areas of brown down the middle and spots along its sides. "The buck had 6- to 7-inch spikes but they didn't go straight up," Bensen said. "They kind of went out at a 40-degree angle.