The report by the state Department of Human Services says the infant was placed face down on a blanket on a carpeted floor. The day care provider, Ann Quigley, had her child care license revoked because the incident last January deviated from safe-sleep policies in Minnesota and because the child was left unsupervised in that position for 10 to 15 minutes.
A Hastings police officer will go back on patrol now that a jury has cleared him of stealing a corkscrew from a restaurant. The Hastings Police Department said Thursday that Officer Rene Doffing was cleared on two counts of theft after a two-day jury trial.
A Hastings man who pleaded guilty to 11th-offense driving while intoxicated has been sentenced to five years in prison. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom noted that Andrist has 10 previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, and said he hopes Andrist gets the help he needs.
A Minnesota father accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son last summer has again asked to be reunited with the boy. Sixty-year-old Steven Cross of Lakeville renewed his request Wednesday during a child-protection hearing. But the judge says a court-appointed doctor says Cross "lacks empathy" for the boy. The doctor recommended against a reunion right now.
Thousands of animals are killed each year in Minnesota for one reason -- the color of their fur. Because of changing tastes of pet owners, black dogs and cats often go unadopted in shelters and are ultimately euthanized. That's why an animal shelter in Hastings had a "Black Friday" sale Friday. The Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter cut adoption fees in half for any black dog or cat, hoping to clear out its backlog of black animals.
In recent weeks, parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings have approached their pastor, Rev. Jim Perkl, "heartbroken and with tears in their eyes," he says. The cause of such sadness? The discovery of communion hosts found between the pages of about 30 hymnals in the pews. Catholics believe the communion wafer becomes the actual body of Jesus once it's consecrated during mass.
That could be the cry Sunday at the Midwest Tomato Fest at the Afton Alps Recreational Area. Thousands of people are expected to hurl soft tomatoes at each other in what's billed as the area's first tomato fight.
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