Summer's Coming

The city of Eagan will be hosting a summer job fair today at the Eagan Municipal Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available positions include working at Cascade Bay, the city's water park, and tending the city's athletic fields.

 Red Sparrow 
 flies off course

The Eagan Men's Chorus performed at the Eagan Community Center event Community Connections March 3.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom will seek reelection

  Dakota County District Attorney James Backstrom will be seeking re-election in the November election.
  Backstrom’s announcement follows an announcement by Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie last week that he, too, would seek re-election.
  Backstrom has served as County Attorney since 1987, when, after serving nine years as an assistant county attorney, he was appointed to finish the term of a predecessor. He administers an office with a budget of about $7 million and a staff of 100, including 43 attorneys.
  “I have been privileged to live and work in Dakota County for over 40 years.  The safety of this community is important to me and my family,” Backstrom said.  “My decision to seek re-election is based upon my goal of continuing to provide the highest level of service possible to Dakota County residents, the victims of crimes, and all of the other clients and individuals we serve each day.”
Leigh Monson reviews
Black Panther

Corrections data shows state prison population mostly white, single, and educated

   Most inmates in Minnesota’s prisons are white males with a high school education or higher, according to figures released by the Minnesota Dept. of Corrections.
  Of the nearly 10,000 inmates in Minnesota prisons, about 93 percent are male, according to the department. Most, about 19 percent, are serving time for drug offenses. The average age of prison inmates is 37. Nearly 1500 inmates are over age 50.
  Most prison inmates, 52.5 percent, are white, according to the Department of Corrections. About a third, 34.8 percent, are black.
  About 53 percent of inmates are high school graduates or have a general equivalency diploma (GED). Nearly a fifth of inmates, 18.5 percent, have at least some college education.
  Most inmates, more than 72 percent, are single. More than 11 percent are married, while about 12 percent are divorced or separated.
  About 25 percent of state prison inmates were sentenced from Hennepin County. Less than five percent come from Dakota County, according to state figures.
Shoplifting suspect sought
   The Dakota County district court has issued a nationwide arrest warrant for a woman suspected of shoplifting from the Eagan outlet mall almost a year ago.
  Rosie Pough, 31, of 8642 S. Marshfield, Chicago, was charged with felony theft over $1,000, according to a criminal complaint. The charge stems from an Eagan police department investigation into suspected shoplifting from the Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and Polo stores at the mall by a group of women on April 21, 2017.