Xcel Energy is visually inspecting its electricity transmission lines in Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and South Dakota by helicopter.
The helicopter flights enable crews to look for defects or loose fittings. Trouble spots that could cause power outages will be identified and later repaired.
Joanne (Joey) Schoen, lead teacher and assistant director at Dodge Nature Preschool, received the 2014 Kate Davidson Tanner Award for teaching from the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children. MNAEYC representatives, members of the Kate Davidson Tanner family, and Dodge Nature Center staff and board members joined the preschool staff and Schoen’s former preschool students in congratulating Schoen at an awards reception on Thursday, April 24.
Dakota County Fleet Management won the Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management Award at the 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards April 8 in Minneapolis. The awards are presented by the NAFA Fleet Management Association.
The West St. Paul Police Department is investigating two recent commercial burglaries, where some cash was taken after hours.
Due to an alarm call, officers were summoned to BYO Burger, 1221 S. Robert St., at 9:35 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 20, according to Lt. Brian Sturgeon.
“The office was ransacked, and some cash was stolen,” he said.
Dakota Electric Association wants to remind members to beware of any suspicious phone calls from people asking for personal financial information. Utilities across the country are seeing increased incidences of scams targeting residential and business customers. Individuals claiming to be utility employees or collection agency personnel are using a variety of techniques to try and gain access to members’ funds, usually by indicating a member has an outstanding debt and is about to lose service.
'Short manhunt' preceded arrest
A West St. Paul man allegedly slashed his girlfriend with steak knives during an argument at their apartment, and was arrested nearby hours later with blood on his face and arms, according to court documents filed April 24.
Raymond Everett Hill, 35, is facing a felony charge for second-degree assault in the attack.
Metro anglers who want to stick close to home for the April 12 stream trout opener will have nearly two additional miles of shoreline to explore, thanks to acquisitions made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Dakota County.
For years, students from St. Thomas Academy have kept a close eye on “their” lake.
The school overlooks Rogers Lake in Mendota Heights, and students in the environmental sciences class have been studying the water quality of Rogers Lake in Mendota Heights since 2001. Students collect samples from the lake every fall, analyze them with an array of laboratory tests and present their findings to the Mendota Heights City Council in the spring.
Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., announced he has nominated Ryan Leech of Mendota Heights for admission to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Phillip Hanson of Inver Grove Heights for admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy.