Dakota County, MN

50 Coolest Free Places in Inver Grove Heights and Dakota County

Just in time for the 4th of July weekend, the Google map highlights the 50 Coolest Free Places in Dakota County. The list was created by Dakota County Commissioner Joe Atkins and is based on his travels around the county as well as suggestions from others. Google Map Link:
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Two South Dakota Counties Are among the Healthiest in America

A pair of Southeast South Dakota counties and one Northwest Iowa county are some of the biggest bastions of health in the United States. U.S News & World Report is out with its list of the 500 healthiest communities in America, based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Governor Burgum requests storm disaster declaration

(Bismarck, ND) -- Governor Doug Burgum is requesting a declaration of a major disaster for severe weather in North Dakota this spring. "Communities and households throughout the eastern portion of the state worked to protect their homes and personal safety from floodwaters while the western portion fought ice and extensive power outages," said Burgum on the request via Social Media. "We appreciate the administration considering our request for assistance to help communities recover from these spring storms and build resiliency against future severe weather events."

Lakeville restaurant owners charged with tax crimes

LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Revenue says that two Lakeville restaurant owners face charges related to failing to pay sales tax.The Dakota County Attorney's Office charged Linxiong Li and Wenzi Zeng with four felony counts each for assisting in the filing of fraudulent sales tax returns. Li faces four additional counts of willfully failing to pay sales tax.The complaint says that Li and Zeng own the restaurant together, and the couple used their payment system to suppress sales figures, removing items from checks or altering the price of items after transactions finished.For more than three years, between May 2016 and Dec. 2019, the complaint says the couple underreported $231,000 in total sales at the restaurant and reported the incorrect numbers to their accountant, who filed their monthly sales tax returns.Li owes over $27,900 in sales tax, penalties, and interest, the Department of Revenue states.Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, if a person is convicted.
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Kari Switala appointed to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Board

Kari Switala has been appointed to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Board as a new member representing the private sector. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the appointment on June 7. Switala is chief creative officer and owner of Wild Fig Marketing where she oversees business operations and manages marketing strategies...

This Is A Great Reminder To Pay Attention On All Minnesota Boat Launches

So this happened in Dakota County, but in reality, you could substitute Dakota for any number of Minnesota county names. A driver, pulling his boat out of the water, forgot that his vehicle was in reverse when he exited, resulting in both his car and boat going back into the lake. It's a good reminder to double-check everything while you are on area boat launches.

SUV sinks at Mississippi River boat launch

HASTINGS, Minn. (FOX 9) - A motorist trying to bring his boat out of the water ended up with his SUV completely submerged in the Mississippi River in Hastings. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office said the Hastings Police Department on Sunday, June 19, responded to the Jaycee Park boat launch after a man's SUV ended up in the water.