ST. PAUL -- The state Emergency Operations Center opened today as flooding begins in southern Minnesota, with problems expected to move north in coming weeks.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has charged Judson Paul Engelking, 21, no permanent address, with one count of failure to register as a predatory offender – change of address.
A third person, Ebony Rochelle Black, 22, no permanent address, has pled guilty in the Jan. 20 armed robbery at the AmericInn Inn Hotel in Hastings. On Tuesday, March 22, Black entered the guilty plea to an amended charge of simple robbery (aid and abet). Her sentencing date is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3.
Earlier this month, there were reasons for the contractors working on the new Hastings bridge to be optimistic. While predictions called for the possibility of significant flooding, the weather was cooperating and it looked possible that a devastating flood was going to be averted. That optimism was thrown out the window this week.RELATED CONTENT
The Prescott teachers granted the school district over $500,000 in concessions regarding benefits for the 2011-12 contract. The reduction in benefits will help offset funding cuts to the Prescott School District that are proposed in Governor Walker’s budget.
According to National Weather Service forecasts, the Mississippi River is expected to cross into the major flooding stage by this weekend. Predictions say the river will reach 20.8 feet by March 29. At 20.8 feet, portions of Lock and Dam Road will be under water, and those who work at the lock and dam will have to use an alternate route to get to work.
Afton City Council declared a state of emergency in advance of anticipated spring flooding at its March 15 meeting. Afton is anticipating a major flood based on National Weather Service projections, Public Works Director Ken Johnson said.
Park High School in Cottage Grove temporarily suspended use of two indoor batting cages after three student athletes suffered minor injuries Tuesday when one of the cages collapsed.
With the Mississippi River set to rise rapidly this week, Newport officials are warning that floodwaters appear very likely to spill over an 800-foot-long levee that protects a low-lying neighborhood on the city’s west side.
A Hastings man pled guilty Monday to fraud in a ticket-fixing case. Abdulkadir Afrah, 43, is a former senior clerk of court for the State of Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. He pleaded guilty to failing to provide the state and its citizens honest services by improperly dismissing traffic citations and pocketing associated funds.
The City of Hastings and the Bless Hastings volunteer organization are coordinating efforts in preparation of the predicted spring flooding along the Mississippi River in Hastings.RELATED CONTENT
It was announced at Hudson's St. Patrick Church Sunday that Father Dan Dahlberg is leaving the parish after allegedly taking about $10,800 from the parish charity account for his own use.
People in Hastings remember Dan Carey as one of the best athletes to ever come through the city. He helped the Raiders win a state championship in 1967 and was a first-round draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft. His colleagues at the University of St. Thomas remember Dr. Dan Carey as a leader in the field of health and human performance. His family remembers Dan Carey as a generous man who touched more lives than they could have ever imagined. The operative word here, unfortunately for all those involved, is “remembers.” Carey passed away early Saturday morning. He had a rare form of brain cancer.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend its Spring Open House Thursday, March 31, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hastings City Hall.