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Sandra and Jim Herkenratt looked forward to having neighbors. For 38 years, the couple's home in Nininger township faced only an expansive farm field with no other nearby homes. When a Hastings family broke ground on a new home across the road, the Herkenratts welcomed the prospect of living closer to another family, one with children. Construction, however, halted in September after crews unearthed a macabre discovery. According to investigation documents from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, an excavator digging the home's foundation uncovered bones.
A Hastings man faces a felony charge of terroristic threats following a SWAT response in Ravenna Township. Dakota County sheriff deputies took Mathew Laurence Bartz, 41, into custody late Wednesday, Nov. 1, after responding to a crisis call on the 17500 block of Blackbird Trail in which the caller told dispatchers a man at her residence had a gun. Deputies arrived around 7:30 p.m.
A local Republican Party chapter must pay a fine after state campaign finance officials determined the group funneled contributions into Sen. Mike Goggin's campaign. Goodhue County Republican Party of Minnesota donated $1,000 to Goggin's campaign committee after receiving a check for the same amount from Sen. David Osmek with a memo instructing to "BEAT MATT SCHMIT!," according to findings the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board released earlier this week. The memo referred to the District 21 incumbent whom Goggin defeated in 2016.
Fraternal twins LouAnne and Seretta's days of serving ghastly glop to ungrateful high school students are numbered when their recipe lands them a job as personal chefs for the object of their adoration, Johnny Depp. The sisters' road out of their hellish circumstances, however, is wrought with obstacles: travel expenses, a stingy school principal with impossible expectations and torment at the hands of an instantly insufferable head cheerleader.
How do you incentivize potential employees to sign join a company that already offers competitive pay, health benefits and employee stock options but still struggles to maintain a qualified workforce? David Muelken, production manager at SDS Elevator Co. in Red Wing, said one route could be making manufacturing "sexy." Although southeastern Minnesota serves as a hub for industries that boast attractive pay and benefits, manufacturing businesses throughout the area struggle to fill positions.
What started out as a routine call in 2003 changed former Anoka County Sheriff Deputy Dustin Reichert's life. Reichert and his partner responded to a report of loud music in Andover. The suspect greeted Reichert with a handgun and the incident ended in an exchange of gunfire that the killed the suspect and wounded Reichert's arm and pelvis. His physical wounds eventually healed, but the emotional toll lingered for much longer.
For a trained vocalist like Linda Mealey-Lohmann, a tonal language like Chinese make perfect sense: different inflections evoke different meanings. She studied different languages through diction courses as a vocal major in college and took four years of Spanish classes, but few other languages "clicked" with her quite like Chinese. During a 10-week course she took over the summer, she said her background as a singer helped her detect and mimic tonal differences her classmates would miss.
More than 500 National Guard soldiers will start training for a yearlong deployment to southwest Asia starting fall 2018 following a preliminary announcement Monday, Aug. 14. Among the soldiers are 14 from Rosemount, 12 from Farmington, nine from Woodbury and two from Red Wing. Lt. Col. Jeff Ulrick, a Farmington resident who commands the Rosemount-based 34th Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, broke the news to soldiers assigned there Sunday, Aug. 13.
A New Hope man accused of fatally shooting a Maplewood woman at her Mendota Heights workplace is in custody after evading authorities for three days, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said. Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 44, was arrested late Monday, July 31, in Blaine. He faces Dakota County charges of second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.
The brother of a man acquitted in the highly publicized 1992 disappearance of a 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl faces 18 months in prison and 15 years of probation following conviction for sex crimes involving a minor in his care. A Washington County court sentenced Jerry Guevara Jr., 53, Woodbury, Monday, July 31, on two felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a nearly 15-year sexual relationship that led to the birth of six children. The mother would have been 16 when the first child was born.