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NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators, the suppor…

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Fourth-grade students are encouraged to enter the first-ever Dakota County Poster Contest to celebrate America Recycles Day. This year’s contest theme is: How to recycle right. All posters must be emailed to schoolrecycling@co.dakota.mn.us no later than Monday, Nov. 23 and adhere to the post…

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The Republican majority leader of the Minnesota Senate has tested positive for COVID-19, and is facing calls from the DFL minority to resign his leadership post over his handling of an outbreak affecting the GOP caucus.

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Fare For All is offering holiday food packages for $30 each from 2:30-5 p.m. Nov. 10 at Easter Lutheran, 4545 Pilot Knob Road.

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The Official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program will be held virtually this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 30-minute recorded program will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website at Minnesota…

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As more ballots have been counted overnight in the County Commissioner District 7 race, Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland has passed Dakota County Board Member Chris Gerlach. She now has 57.22% of the vote with 17,787 ballots, while Gerlach has 42.27% or 13,138 votes. 

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There are many people waiting to vote in Farmington as the polls have officially closed in Minnesota. Minnesota law says that those people who are in line as of 8 p.m. can still vote. It is apparent that vote totals will be slow from Farmington, which will have an impact on the city of Farmi…

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Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune readers can follow results on Election Night here. Our staff will be monitoring results as they come in starting at about 9 p.m., but due to the unusual nature of voting in the pandemic, it could be slower than usual.

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The Minnesota Department of Health announced this week a pilot of the COVID-19 Test at Home saliva program. Minnesotans in two dozen counties, including Dakota County, or tribal nations will be able to order a saliva test online, to perform in their own home. These tests are available in sel…

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The campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis said Monday his emergency surgery to “treat an internal hernia” was successful and minimally invasive and that he’s likely to be released in the next couple of days.

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Dakota Electric Association is accepting applications for the Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes nonprofit groups, community organizations and businesses that have shown a strong commitment to the community. The award acknowledges the efforts of those who have impacted numer…

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Vail Place, a nonprofit providing services, supports and resources for adults with mental illnesses, appointed Monique Rochard-Marine of Lakeville to its board of directors. Rochard-Marine is currently director of strategic meetings management and event operations at Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

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The House and Senate passed last week a $1.87 billion bonding bill meant to pay for hundreds of infrastructure improvement projects around the state ranging from roads and bridges to wastewater facilities and higher education asset preservation.

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To give back to the communities that have supported their missions for more than 50 years, Inver Hills Community College (Inver Hills) and Dakota County Technical College teamed up for a second Day of Service on Friday, October 9.

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A federal judge ruled Friday that the votes cast in November's election for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd District will count, even though a state law said the race should be delayed until a February special election.

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Residents who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines can receive flu and other recommended immunizations at upcoming Dakota County Public Health immunization clinics. In addition to the uninsured or underinsured, immunization clinics are open to children enrolled on a Minne…

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360 Communities’ Armful of Love program invites local residents to participate in sharing the joy of the holiday season. Starting on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., families who live in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount and are financially unable to provide gi…

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What started out as a widespread community survey effort to study the spread of COVID-19 in several parts of Minnesota, ended after a series of “troubling incidents.” Including one in Eitzen, Minnesota, on the Iowa border.