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Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs.
NEWPORT, Minn. — An unusual culprit is being blamed for wreaking havoc this fall. The city-owned properties between Cedar Lane and the Mississippi River have seen at least 12 trees up to 75 or 100 feet tall chewed down by beavers, Public Works Superintendent Bruce Hanson said, and many more left half-felled. "It's to the point I believe it's becoming a safety concern," Hanson said at the Nov. 2 meeting. "So many (trees) are girdled that I believe there's an urgency to go down there and take care of it. ... There are a lot of areas that deal we this ... we just haven't before."
A split city council voted to approve construction with conditions on the Bailey Meadows development planned for the northeast corner of Newport. The development will consist of just under 200 single-family and villa homes on about 64 acres.
Amid an east metro tuberculosis outbreak, officials say the few cases present in Washington County are unlikely to spread. The county treated two cases last year, and are working with three active tuberculosis infections this year that had been contracted before a recent Ramsey County outbreak began.
Nearly 40 people arrested for suspected illegal immigration have been held at the Washington County Jail in September and October. The arrests did not take place in Washington County, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the arrests were made by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Vehicle title registration remains one of the biggest sticking points in the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System launched in July.
A man was found dead Monday, Oct. 30, in a pick-up truck following a crash under the railroad bridge on 103rd Street in Cottage Grove.
Dozens of east metro women and men have added their names to the ever-growing list of people typing two simple words with complex meaning on their social media: Me too.
When Lynn Thoele saw Cleaning for a Reason at a conference last month, she knew she was in. Thoele, Sparkle Plenty Professional Cleaners owner, said she signed up immediately to be part of the program that connects people undergoing cancer treatments to businesses that will clean their house for free. "I loved the idea of volunteering, so this to me was something that was just a perfect fit," she said. "I could do it through my business, and expose my cleaners to something (new)."
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.