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Firefighters responded at 2:59 a.m. Sept. 25 to a deck fire at 8418 Hale Ave. It was extinguished. There were no injuries. Vandalism A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 25 that a hot tub was tampered with at a home in the 8900 block of Jasmine Lane. Damage: $150 to $1,000. Theft A 33-year-old Prescott woman was cited for shoplifting Sept. 26 at Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road.
SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $25 gas drive-off around 9:45 a.m. Sept. 26. A 17-year-old male is suspected to have stolen $100 from a home in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue Sept. 27. A Hastings man reported Oct. 4 that a knife, a CD case and a car door opener were stolen from a vehicle in the 3000 block of Maxwell Avenue.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials. Nikko nearly doubled the average life expectancy of his species, which is 18 years, the news release said. He arrived at the zoo in 2001.
On Oct. 5, Belwin Conservancy and St. Paul Public Schools celebrated the completion of a new footbridge that will allow students of all abilities to access outdoor education opportunities. SPPS Superintendent Joe Gothard, Belwin Executive Director Nancy Kafka, Belwin Outdoor Science Education Director Josh Leonard, Kim Lawler of Tree Trust, and others officially opened the new span at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls seniors Tynan Pratumwon, Kylie Hommerding, Sor Her, Liz Schultz, Adrian Harvieux, Darielle Dahnke and Molly Ruoho will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building Oct. 13-24. On display will be blown glass, printmaking, ceramics, photography, mixed media installations, painting and drawing. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
WESTconsin Credit Union is offering $1,000 scholarships for up to 13 graduating high school seniors from the class of 2018 as part of their scholarship program. The goal is to award one scholarship in each community served by a WESTconsin office. These areas include Altoona, Amery, Baldwin, Barron, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Ellsworth, Hudson, Menomonie, New Richmond, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley. Scholarship recipients will be announced end of May 2018.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — On Sunday, Oct. 8, seven local chefs will take part in an epic culinary competition with the goal of raising money for local mental health programs, substance use programs and Minnesota's suicide prevention phone lines.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a Minnesota case challenging a state law that allows sex offenders to remain locked up indefinitely. The court announced Monday, Oct. 2, that it will not take up the case. In not hearing it, the court allows an early 2017 ruling by a federal appeals court to stand. The appeals decision overturned a lower court decision that found the sex offender program unconstitutional. The appeals ruling removed requirements for immediate changes.
The East Metro Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce violinist Joan Molloy as its new concertmaster. Molloy served as guest concertmaster for "A Celebration of Finnish Music," the final concert in the orchestra's 2016-17 concert season, and returns as a permanent replacement for Michal Sobieski, EMSO's previous concertmaster, who retired last year. "I am happy to have been invited to work with EMSO and am looking forward to an exciting year together," Molloy said.
BreakAway Arts and Cafe, Caring Hands Massage and Spa, and MindfulMotion Pilates, Fitness and Ayurveda are teaming up to offer two new classes beginning next month in Hastings.