Archive for the ‘Hastings’

Dakota County Urges Businesses to Recycle?

According to this short blurb via the Hampton News, Dakota County is urging businesses to recycle through a public campaign which offers businesses a short list of the benefits everyone already knows exist. However, one has to wonder why they believe this sort of public campaign will have much affect at all.

From the blurb:

About 55 percent of the Twin Cities metro region’s waste comes from businesses, and several area organizations are hoping to reduce that number by getting businesses on board with recycling. Dakota County is offering tips to businesses on what, how and where they can recycle. KARE 11 TV and Rethink Recycling are also hosting the Great Green Challenge through April 22 and providing weekly highlights of how businesses can reduce waste.

Six Dakota County businesses have already joined the challenge by taking Rethink Recycling’s pledge to improve their recycling efforts. Other businesses can take the pledge and gain immediate recognition for their commitment.

The County’s website on the topic provides five reasons why recycling is great: saving money, providing a positive image to customers, conserve, create jobs, and civic responsibility. However, it doesn’t provide much information at all about costs associated with starting the program, how the county could help, etc; all far more important bullet items to businesses than what they list.

What do you think about this one? In 2013 do you even give a second thought to recycling? Don’t you already assume businesses recycle like everyone else? Are you surprised that the county is doing this campaign, likely funded through some grant from the federal government? Do you think the county’s program is anywhere near where it needs to be to actually be successful? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Mayor Arrested for DWI Easter Sunday Morning?!

According to recent Rice County Jail Inmate Registry Records, a prominent South Metro mayor was arrested last night on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated. The public servant was pulled over on County Road 71 about 1.5 miles off I-35 after a Sheriff’s deputy observed their car cross both the center line and fog line more than once after they pulled out of the parking lot of a well known bar in Millersburg, MN.

You can view a preliminary copy of the report provided to Lazy Lightning by the Rice County Sheriff’s office this morning. Here are some key passages:

On Sunday March 31, 2013, at 2:29 A.M., a deputy was patrolling Millersburg Rd. when he attempted to pull over a white sedan for a traffic violation. The driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The deputy followed the car east on Millersburg Road onto the I-35 ramp with speeds reaching 100+ miles per hour.

The suspect immediately identified themselves as a mayor of a neighboring community and made numerous requests for immunity followed by demands for a police escort to their home.

It’s good to know that the Rice County Sheriff’s Office is not simply allowing the Mayor to walk away from such egregious felonies with a slap. Many thanks go out to their office for not only immediately notifying the public but also their professionalism. On a personal note, I am disappointed in the Mayor and hope they are immediately removed from office following the felony charges.

What do you think about this one? Are you ashamed this person is your mayor? Do you believe the other members of the City Council will approve their immediate dismissal or do you you think they’ll let the Mayor continue on until sentencing? Are you surprised they believed they would get off by announcing they were a public servant? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts especially if it took you this long to realize this is yet another yearly April Fool’s post.

Man Rapes 5 Year Old, Only Gets Probation?!?!?

According to this article appearing in SunThisweek, a man in his early 40s raped a 5 year old girl and was sentenced to 20 years probation and credit for 489 days served in jail.

From the article:

Roy faces more than 16 years in prison if he violates the conditions of his probation, which includes having psychiatric evaluation and treatment, registering as a predatory offender and having no contact with the victim or anyone else under age 18.


The young girl, who was Roy’s relative, and her mother told police in April 2011 that Roy engaged in numerous sexual acts, including intercourse, with the girl in 2007 when she was 5 years old.

So, if I understand this correctly, our oh so crime-stopping County Attorney is so tough on crime that he allowed a piece of crap like this, who raped a 5 year old girl, to get off with 20 years of probation and just over a year in jail?! Please, for the love of God, tell me that this happened because they would have had to put the little girl on the stand and make this trial even worse than what this useless shell of a human being already did to her.

This man deserves life in jail without the possibility of parole and he should be housed with the worst in-house raping offender the state can find for the rest of his life, preferably housing him in a bunkhouse with 5 or 6 of them who take turns every single day.

As the father of a young girl, let me warn any pieces of crap like this guy right now: You touch my daughter and you best hope they put you in jail for the rest of your life because it’s one of the few places that will provide you with even one shred of protection from me.

Is 20 years probation and 489 days served in jail enough? Will this guy reoffend or miss the court-mandated items and end up in jail for 16 years (also not anywhere near long enough)? Would you hunt him down and kill him yourself if he did this to your kids? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Are Residents SOTR Really That Different?

Recently I came across this reader submitted content in the Savage Pacer which talks about one man’s interpretation of life South of the River. An interesting read and one which may bring some head nods and overall disagreement.

From the article:

My first contact with Minnesota was over 30 years ago when I came to Minneapolis to interview with a large retail corporation. I recall walking down Nicollet Mall trying to find the IDS building. It was late November and I noticed something unusual as I passed my fellow pedestrians. Why, they actually looked me in the eye.

This was unlike anything I had ever experienced. “Out East” you walk with your head down or stare at an object in the distance — anything but actually looking at other people.


Years passed. And as I battled the traffic from Edina or Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis, there were no longer many waves or nods from my fellow commuters. They seemed to be replaced by a dirty look or a raised middle finger. What happened? It seemed that the Minnesota I first knew was turning into … OH NO! New York City.


Fast-forward another few years. The kids have grown and moved out of the house (Thank God). Time to downsize, but where to? My wife suggests Savage.


Then a funny thing happened. The Minnesota that I knew so many years ago suddenly reappeared. I noticed that the people waved as they drove by. Neighbors stopped and visited during my walks with our three dogs. People helped each other during giant snowstorms and even nodded you through a four-way-stop intersection.

Personally I came from out East and perhaps the 30 year time difference from when this individual lived there and I lived in the area made a world of difference. People would wave, nod, and *gasp* even say hello to complete strangers–right there in Times Square! Any area I traveled to up and down the East Coast and even as far as Ohio would bring me a similar experience…and then I moved to Burnsville. Yes, the same Burnsville that sits adjacent to this man’s beloved Savage. The same one where I felt alienated, never once saw someone wave, and most definitely didn’t have anyone look me in the eye, even if you attempted to goad them into doing it by saying hello first.

I continue to live South of the River and still don’t see what this man sees. No one looks at you, few people even come out of their houses especially during the winter, and those who do are so busy keeping their eyes averted I’m surprised they don’t walk into the numerous decorative street lamps which adorn our colored concrete covered sidewalks which no one uses.

What am I missing?