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Minnesota Gang and Drug Task Force officers and Bureau of Criminal Appreciation agents participated in a drug enforcement effort throughout the state from April 23 through 29, resulting in 161 arrests on drug related charges. The operation -- Operation Byrne Drugs II -- was a coordinated effort led by the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies to focus on drug-related crimes and the importance of federally funded Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program in the day-to-day operations of drug enforcement.
With a May 21 deadline for wrapping up work looming, there are signs of progress in the Minnesota Legislature. Some House-Senate conference committees are finishing work, sending budget bills to final votes. Each bill has passed in different versions in the Senate and House, and now the chambers are passing compromise bills. Negotiators on a bill funding many state government functions signed a deal to spend $551.7 million in the next two-year budget, about $30 million less than in the current budget.
Back in the 1970s, I received a phone call from the Style Section of the Washington Post. At the time I was teaching and doing a bit of freelance writing. The Style Section was a Big Deal, one of the leaders in the movement called "The New Journalism," of which I was trying to be a practitioner. Since then this movement has fallen into disfavor. In the story I'm about to tell, you'll discover why. What ensued was hilarious. The Style editor told me that he had read some of my work about upper Midwestern Scandinavians.
Nancy Jean "Nance" Legried, age 59, of Rosemount, passed away peacefully at her home on Jan. 8. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Highview Christiania Lutheran Church, 26690 Highview Ave., Farmington. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr. (Cty. Rd. 50), Lakeville, Minn., and 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment will be at the Rosemount Cemetery.
Harry Edward Lehmann, age 86, of Rosemount, passed away on Nov. 30. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Walnut St., Farmington. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd St., Farmington, and also 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment in Rosemount Cemetery.
Keith H. Warnke, age 58, of Farmington, passed away on Oct. 5. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at St. John's Lutheran Church of Rich Valley, 14385 Blaine Ave., Rosemount, Minn. Gathering of family and friends 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment, Acacia Park Cemetery, Mendota Heights, Minn.
Jeanne Ann Dooley, age 88, of St. Paul, formerly of Farmington and Rosemount, passed away Wednesday, June 27. Jeanne's family and friends gathered to celebrate her life on June 29 at Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul. On Saturday, June 30, a brief burial ceremony will take place at 12 noon at St. Joseph's Church Cemetery, Rosemount.
Robert Donald Shea, age 77, of Rosemount, formerly of Farmington, passed away Dec. 26. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave. W., Rosemount. Visitation from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley, and 1 hour prior to the service at church.
Robert C. "Bob" Jensen, 83, of Rosemount, formerly of Lakeville, died of colon cancer on Nov. 27 at The Lodge hospice in Burnsville. Memorial Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Church of St. Joseph, 13900 Biscayne Ave., Rosemount, with visitation from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec 4, at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr., Lakeville, and 1 hour prior to Mass at church.
Roberta Ann Beyer Bany, Dec. 24, 1938-Nov. 6, 2010. Roberta (Bobbi) was born on Dec.