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The city of Cannon Falls was under a state of emergency Friday after a severe weather system Thursday night caused widespread damage across southern and southeastern Minnesota. Cannon Falls High School was being used as a triage center Friday afternoon due to limited power to provide for those in need, according to a city news release. The school was initially being set up as a shelter for residents affected by the storm, as well as to shelter residents from a care center evacuated because of a generator fire.
A Colorado meat distributor is recalling more than 130,000 pounds of ground chuck that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release Sept. 19. The ground beef was packaged June 21, 2018 and shipped to retail locations nationwide. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service urges people who may have purchased the ground beef and stored it in a freezer to throw it out.
Severe weather is expected to blow through the region tonight and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
Axia Home Loans has opened an office at 830 Vermillion St., Hastings. Axia is the only 100 percent employee-owned mortgage banking firm in the United States, creating sustainable home ownership through responsible lending.
Fluttering monarch butterflies were a common sight at Lebanon Hills Regional Park this summer. For the third year in a row, Dakota County Parks staff raised wild-caught monarch caterpillars and released the adult butterflies in an effort to collect data for migration research and to help stem the species' population decline.
Riders and motorists should exercise extreme caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the road for the Fall Flood Run. As many as 30,000 riders will be traveling between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Red Cross, Sport Clips team up for childhood cancer awareness During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. Those who come out to give blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips via email. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2018, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
With the ragweed pollen season expected to peak in early-September, now is a good time for allergy sufferers to learn about steps they can take to keep allergies and asthma under control, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Due to the changing climate, allergy sufferers have a much longer season of suffering; ragweed pollen season is now 18 to 21 days longer than it was in the mid-1990s. Pollen for ragweed is highly allergenic and can travel very long distances.
The Dakota County Farm Bureau is holding its 101st anniversary meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Rosemount American Legion. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker, Janet Bremer, is a farmer from Hastings that has many other titles including blogger and Minnesota Dairy Princess coordinator. Bremer was also recently named America's Farmers Midwest Mom of the Year. She is passionate about telling her farm's dairy story through school visits, speaking and writing opportunities, her blog, and other social media.
A Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge video by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office has advanced to the final four in a nationwide competition by USA Today. The Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in voting for the video in the contest bracket. The 2016 video is competing against a video by the police department in Flower Mound, Texas.