Todd O'Connor got a call from home base at Troje's Trash Thursday after an Inver Grove Heights woman contacted the company in desperation. She had accidentally discarded a suitcase that contained her sentimental jewelry.
A West St. Paul, Minn., man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at Inver Grove Heights police officers during a night of bizarre behavior that also included biting his brother on the cheek. Justin T. Amick, 39, was being held in the Dakota County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Yet despite the good times, there's some restlessness these days at Minnesota-based CHS. Its farmer-owners see the world of agriculture changing in dramatic ways, and the co-op is scrambling to meet the challenge.
Forty-nine-year-old Thomas Angelo Tonda was charged with felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. According to the complaint, the alleged attack happened Dec. 6 in Inver Grove Heights. The assistant coach told police that Tonda's son was fighting with two other players before hitting one with his hockey stick.
The criminal complaint says Donald Peter Boehmer spent four years as the treasurer the International Concatenated Order of the Hoo-Hoo. A St. Paul Pioneer Press report describes the group as an organization whose members are involved in the forest-products industry.
Authorities didn't find the secret room the first time. But an anonymous tip prompted the Dakota County Drug Task Force to search an Inver Grove Heights house again this week, where authorities say they discovered nearly 400 pounds of marijuana beyond a false wall -- valued at more than $1 million. The drug bust is by far the largest this year in Dakota County, Sheriff Dave Bellows said. And undoubtedly, it ranks among the largest in the county's history, Bellows added.
CHS Inc. will boost its soybean processing business with the $133 million purchase of an Israeli soy protein maker. Inver Grove Heights-based CHS, the nation's largest farmer-owned co-operative, has agreed to buy Solbar Industries Ltd., which produces soy protein ingredients for food makers.
A Simley High School senior, who is an athlete and honor-roll student, faces a felony charge for having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl, authorities say. A Facebook group called "Free George" was created in response to the charge against George Michael Knowlton. As of Wednesday afternoon, 137 people had "liked" the page.
Rich Hennen of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., was on an aerial lift replacing flashing at South Fridley Apartments, 1120 52nd Ave. N.E., when he came in contact with an Xcel Energy power line, Fridley police Lt. Michael Monsrud said.
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