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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.
Proctor is having problems getting rid of the internationally famous motorized chair seized from a drunken driver. The high bidder for the chair said he never meant to enter a $10,999.99 bid on eBay. "I am surprised that someone would bid on it and then try to back out of the contract," Proctor Chief of Police Walter Wobig said Tuesday. "The individual is the winning bidder. I turned it over to the city attorney and we'll see what the city wants to do about it.
WILMONT, Minn. -- By any standard, it was a horrific car crash: Nine people dead and 38 children, ages 1 to 39, were left without one or both of their parents. Now, almost 50 years later, the small southwestern Minnesota town of Wilmont is coming together to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the crash, which remains Nobles County's largest tragedy. The crash occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 1960, about 20 minutes after seven people from Wilmont finished their night shift at Campbell's Soup Co. in nearby Worthington, Minn.