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A vulnerable adult missing from Hastings since Oct. 4 was found in River Falls Monday night. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Amanda Jean Olson, 22, left her Hastings home around 2 a.m. last Wednesday. Hastings police said Olson was found in a home in River Falls Oct. 9 safe, uninjured and there of her own will. "It was the best outcome we could have hoped for," Deputy Chief Dave Wilske said. Police received information that Olson was at the home, and Hastings police requested River Falls police check the home.
As popularity of community solar gardens in Minnesota rises, some who live next to the installations remain vocal with opposition to their construction. Many, including Kevin and Kay Moquist in Woodbury, fear their property values will be lowered from bordering a community solar garden for its 25-year lifespan and worry that it will take away from the atmosphere they bought their homes in. "It's disruptive to our rural neighborhood," Kevin Moquist said.
A driver left Highway 61 and entered East Point Douglas Road Thursday night, hitting another vehicle head-on. Sgt. Mike McCormick said alcohol was not involved in the incident, but it was unclear whether the driver was fatigued or texting. McCormick said the driver will be cited. Around 8 p.m. Sept. 14, the vehicle drifted off northbound Highway 61, broke through a fence and headed into oncoming traffic on southbound East Point Douglas Road.
The HERO (health and emergency response occupations) Center may be one step closer to a reality after the House Capital Investment Committee made a stop at Cottage Grove City Hall Sept. 5 to consider it for the 2018 bonding cycle. If the funding is allocated to the facility, construction could begin next year. Cottage Grove and Woodbury city councils have been working together on planning and design. The project received $1.45 million in the 2015 bonding bill for pre-design costs.
St. Paul Park police officer Kyle Lindquist is moving on after 29 years in blue. Lindquist said his goal was to work for the city 30 years, but stepped down early this month after "28 and a half great years," and a "miserable" ending. In 2005 he was injured after falling from a ladder, his "first time in an ambulance as a patient," he said. He had to have two surgeries on his shoulder in the last year, one unsuccessful and another in May that he had better luck with.
Two dogs were admitted to the Washington County jail Aug. 17. Rocket and Nabi, a 20-pound version of a chocolate lab and a fluffy white cotton ball of a dog, were the first two "Peace Creatures" brought into the jail as part of a new therapy dog program. Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said he wanted to find a way to brighten the spirits at the jail, and reached out to the Home for Life animal shelter in Star Prairie, Wis.
Hastings' historic dome overlooking the Mississippi River is in need of restoration, city officials told members of the House Capital Investment Committee. The city is requesting $1.5 million from the 2018 bonding bill for improvements to City Hall, as well as some renovations to the connected police station. City officials estimate it will cost $6 million to fully renovate the campus, but are currently only pursuing half that amount with the request and a 50/50 match. Lawmakers on the committee that assembles the public works funding bill visited Hastings Tuesday, Sept. 5.
An unobtrusive pair of birds with heavy rounded beaks and a hue brighter than a Blue Jay has made its home in scrubland at the edge of Hamlet Park with their three chicks. The little family of Blue Grosbeaks have drawn several local birders to its nest, after Peter Nichols and Ben Douglas spotted it for the first time ever in Washington County last month. It is the 324th bird recorded in the county since documentation began over 100 years ago. Nichols estimates about 235 of the 324 get recorded in the county each year.
A Woodbury man faces criminal charges after his car crashed in a field near the Cottage Grove Service Center Monday and was destroyed by fire.
Authorities say a St. Paul man tried to disguise himself as a woman to evade police after stealing a handgun from Cabela's in Woodbury and driving a stolen vehicle to a Lake Elmo mobile home park.