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Liz Workman, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners chair, touted the upcoming SMART Center and noted the county's challenges at the State of the County on Wednesday morning. Workman and Matt Smith, Dakota County manager, focused on affordable housing, mental health and public safety during the address at the Ames Center in Burnsville. Much of the event took place in the form of a moderated question-and-answer session where Workman and Smith answered a wide range of general questions on different aspects of the county.
A partnership between Dakota County and ridesharing service Lyft is giving certain county residents on Medicaid waivers a new transportation option to and from their place of work. The partnership is a pilot project focused on assisting people with disabilities find work in non-public transit locations or hours, the county announced in a press release on Monday. Any residents who receive home and community-based services are eligible for the free program that started in April.
A Google search for "diet" brings up over 1 billion results. On the first page you will find a mix of weight-loss diets, warnings of bad diet habits and advertisements that rank diets by weight loss, among other things. The second page somehow gets a little more broad and specific at the same time: a diet for arthritis, a diet webpage from the federal government, The Mayo Clinic Diet. It goes on like this for result after result, page after page — what must be 1 billion results minus the 20 results on the first two pages.
Dakota County's Board of Commissioners approved an over $600,000 design contract for the Safety and Mental Health Response Training Center on Tuesday, March 26. The board is partnering with Collaborative Design Group Inc. on the SMART Center, an Inver Grove Heights-based training and law enforcement facility, for its architectural and engineering design. Collaborative Design Group Inc. was one of five companies to send the county proposals.
I've been struggling to consistently workout since Slim Down started. Last month, I wrote about dedicating myself to cooking more and attempting to eat out less. It's healthier for me and my wallet, and that's been going well. Almost every week I cook five or more times and it's almost always something healthy.
FARMINGTON — Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, questioned two speakers on the benefits and drawbacks of recreational marijuana at a town hall on Wednesday night.
Minnesotan actor and comic book writer Harwan Thomas Altman and his friend and fellow actor Landyn Banx were walking in downtown Hastings when they stopped at the aged Riviera Theatre. Altman, to some effect, said "this is where Frank will live." He was referencing detective Frank Boon, the main character of his forthcoming comic book "The Big Bad Book of Boon," a murder-action-thriller story. "I wanted him to have a definitive base of adventures like the batcave for Batman or the fortress of solitude for Superman," Altman said. "Frank's got the Riviera Theatre."
Record snowfall in February led to high costs for Dakota County and multiple, long shifts for the workers who run the plows. "This is the toughest (month) that I can remember where we just had to keep going and going," said Todd Howard, an assistant county engineer with Dakota County. "No one snowfall was especially noteworthy, but they just kept stacking on top of each other."
My family has always loved eating out. We make it a priority to eat out often when we're together and so when my sister was visiting a few weeks ago we did what we always do. We ate out. That night's menu included pastas, meat and one other surprising addition. My sister ordered a seafood dish paired with some mushrooms. Mushrooms?
Dakota County is planning a $7.1 million reconstruction project of County Road 42 from Highway 55 to Lock Boulevard this spring. The project entails adding paved shoulders and turning lanes. The road was last reconstructed 60 years ago and is three time higher in crashes and crash severity than other similar roads, according to Dakota County documents. The county is set to receive construction bids in March, with construction concluding in November, said Bobby Kuennen, the project's manager. "The age of the pavement and the base of the pavement is old," he added.