EMPIRE TOWNSHIP—Imagine chilling on a blanket in the warm weather under the big sky of Whitetail Woods Regional Park and listening to tunes. If you have not traveled the short jaunt to Whitetail, you have been missing out since it is located halfway between Rosemount and Farmington in Empire Township. Now there are three free Music in the Park concerts to take in this summer.
A woman who took on rescuing at-risk animals was arrested after 60 dead cats and other neglected animals were uncovered at her Castle Rock rented house. Caycee Bregel, 25, was taken into custody May 9, 2018, after Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant on the property located on 250th Street. She operated the nonprofit Minnesota Animal Rescue. Pending potential charges of animal cruelty, she was released from custody Friday, May 11.
FARMINGTON — This week two diehard Vikings fans decided to turn purple pain into a reign of kindness online. After Minnesota's loss Sunday night to the Philadelphia Eagles, Matt and Jessica Leibrock started "Vikings Brotherly Love." Like most Minnesotans, the Farmington couple were elated to witness the "Minnesota Miracle" win Jan. 14, when Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown with only seconds left on the clock, advancing the team to the NFC championship game.
Cheering for the Minnesota Vikings to win is serious business for Farmington City Council member Katie Bernhjelm. As a passionate, a diehard football fan, it is also her job. She works for the Minnesota Vikings, but this career is certainly not a chore. Wearing "Bold North" mittens to show team spirit, Bernhjelm is celebrating like most Minnesotans after the Vikings won the NFC North Division.
Ben Kopp felt an inner calling to dedicate his life to protect America's freedoms in the United States military. During his childhood, the Rosemount boy listened to personal stories from his great-grandfather Leroy Rogers who served in World War II. He knew he wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. But ultimately, it was the life-altering, tragic events of Sept. 11 that cemented Kopp's personal conviction to enter into the military, according to his mother Jill Stephenson, formerly of Rosemount.