Monday, May 20, 2013
Also in this week's roundup, Booker T. gets booked and Northfield's alleged dog killer faces several charges.
The following is a rundown of crime-related stories from our Dakota County Patches this last week. All stories have been verified, and those accused are innocent until proven guilty. For the complete story, click on the link in the headline. Jensen Charged with Break-Ins, Dog Killings Matthew David Jensen, 30, was charged on Monday with one count of felony first-degree burglary, two counts of felony second-degree burglary and three counts of felony mistreatment of animals. Northfield Police Blotter: Burglary, Found Property, Crash The Northfield Police Department's crime report for May 9-12. Northfield Police Blotter: Death Investigation, Theft, Burglary The Northfield Police Department's crime report for May 13-15. Man Stole Nearly $3,…
Friday, May 17, 2013
The county is holding an open house on May 28 to discuss the planned greenway that would pass through Lakeville.
Lakeville will host an open house later this month to give the public a chance to weigh in on plans for the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway. The draft master plan for the greenway has it starting at the Minnesota River in Burnsville and traveling 20 miles, past Lake Marion in Lakeville, ending at Rambling River Park in Farmington The open house, the final stage of the year-long master planning process, will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 28 at the Lakeville Water Treatment Facility (18400 Ipava Ave.). “The county has made a lot of progress in both greenway construction and planning for new greenway corridors over the last 5 years,” John Mertens, project manager for Dakota County, said in a statement in January. "Resident input during the …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from place to place.
It costs $650 less to get an MRI in Dakota County than in neighboring Scott County. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Dakota County tends to cost less than Scott County in all for categories for which the data is available: CT scans, mammograms, colonoscopies and MRIs. These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday, "One hospital charges $8,000 - another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed out the prices of a series of procedures in hospitals across the country. The Times and the Post used data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Patch worked …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A monthly rundown of the top suspects wanted by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office.
Editor's note: Did you know that Dakota County has a most wanted list? The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for all the individual featured in this gallery. Their names, the crime they committed and other information is included with each photo. If you encounter them, the DCSO asks that you please be cautious: All should be considered dangerous. If you know the whereabouts of any of the people featured in this gallery, you can contact your local police or the DCSO at (651) 438-4740. You can leave an anonymous tip.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tax payments can be made in person at several locations in the county, or mailed to county offices.
Editor's Note: The following is a news release from Dakota County. Property taxes on Dakota County real estate for the first half are due Wednesday, May 15. Payments mailed to Dakota County must be postmarked by midnight May 15. According to state law, the County will assess a penalty for late payments. The penalty depends on the tax amount, property classification and when the payment is made. Penalties are listed on the back of property tax statements sent to residents earlier this year. Tax payments may be made at the Property Taxation and Records Office in the Administration Center in Hastings or at the service desks in the Apple Valley Western Service Center and the West St. Paul Northern Service Center. The office hours are: …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In response to three recent infant deaths at licensed daycare providers, Dakota County has launched an awareness campaign that includes postcards, a video and free training lessons.
Last August, 3-month-old Dane Ableidinger was laid down for a nap on a blanket in the basement of "Bev's Day Care" home facility in Eagan. Hours later, the infant's body was found facedown and bleeding on the blanket—dead of apparent asphxiation. Ableidinger was one of three infants to die in Dakota County child care homes in just more than a year. All three infants were in unsafe sleeping positions. All of the homes were licensed by the county. The deaths have led to an awareness campaign by the county that started with postcards mailed earlier this month to 793 licensed homes featuring a picture of a coffin beneath the words, "WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE WITH THIS?" "Do the right thing," Kelly Harder, Dakota County's director of community …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The county is taking ideas of how best to reduce the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfills.
Dakota County is looking to decrease its use of landfills by finding more uses for the county's organic waste. Currently about three percent of the county's waste is classified as "organic"— a category that encompasses everything from bones to flowers—and can be diverted from landfills and recycled. The county is hoping to raise the amount of waste that's separated out as organic, aiming to reach figures of 4 to 5 percent by 2017 and 9 to 15 percent by 2030. Dakota County is soliciting ideas now about how to achieve those goals from several types of groups and businesses: On its website, Dakota County provides examples of the types of projects that might help increase organic diversion:
Monday, April 22, 2013
Also in this week's update – More victims in the Craigslist caper via Lakeville.
The following is a rundown of crime-related stories from our Dakota County Patches this last week. All stories have been verified, and those accused are innocent until proven guilty. For the complete story, click on the link in the headline. VIDEO: More Victims Surface in Lakeville Craigslist Swindle Case A number of people have come forward, claiming they were scammed by Lakeville resident Monica Lillemoen. UPDATE: Explosions Rock 2013 Boston Marathon; 4 Northfield Runners Participating Four Northfield runners were participants of today's Boston Marathon, which was rocked by two explosions near the race's finish line. (Scroll below the Storify post to see names of Northfield runners.) Blotter: Police Find a Group of Teens in Possession …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Also in this week’s recap – A scholarship created to honor a lost friend and a surprise discovery in a Burnsville park.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. City Video Gives Comprehensive History of Lakeville The city produced a video tracing the city's history from 1853 to the present day as part of the "Envision Lakeville" process. City Goes Forward with $7 Million Northfield Police Facility The city council voted to seek construction bids at its Tuesday meeting. Pat Parlin Retiring From Northfield Schools Parlin served as director of Northfield Public Schools' Alternative Learning Center for six years. Fate of Parkview Golf Course Decided After Six-Hour Debate Amid heated words, the Eagan City Council voted Tuesday to allow developer …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Also in this week's update: A couple of identity thieves get their due, and a sickening smoothie.
The following is a rundown of crime-related stories from our Dakota County Patches this last week. All stories have been verified, and those accused are innocent until proven guilty. For the complete story, click on the link in the headline. Burnsville Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Alleged Identity Thieves Sarah Marie Westfall, 33, and Shane Martin Kristiansen, 35, were spotted by police after the pair drove into a Holiday gas station during the wee hours of April Fool's Day—with the headlights out. Bloomington Man Arrested for Brawl with Burnsville Police It took multiple officers—and multiple tasings—to get Jacob Zachary Kooy, 23, into the back of a squad car. Eagan Police: Eagan Nurse Tried Killing Husband with Insulin Injections, …