Rosemount Police Department
New detector to target speeders
Drivers should watch their speedometer when driving through Rosemount.
The state recently awarded the Rosemount Police Department a new laser speed detector for their participation in the Office of Traffic Safety's Safe & Sober program.
"It is a good tool. Motorists should be aware," said Rosemount Police Chief Gary Kalstabakken. "They shouldn't be driving safe just to avoid a ticket, but if that's what it takes to slow motorists down, that's what we will do."
The detector, called LIDAR (light detection and ranging), measures time and distance to calculate speed. Unlike a radar detector, which cannot focus on just one vehicle, the laser uses a 3-foot square beam of light to focus on a vehicle and clock its precise speed.
A laser detector costs about $4,000. Radar detectors cost about $1,500.
Motorists will find officers using the lightweight laser detector on South Robert Trail, County Road 42, and in neighborhoods where residents are concerned about speeding vehicles.
Art committee members sought
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for a new public-art advisory committee. The seven-member committee will make recommendations on pieces of art to be placed in the county's public buildings, using specific criteria and a process approved by the county.
One citizen from each county commissioner's district will be appointed to serve staggered terms. Applicants should have a broad knowledge of art and either work in the field or demonstrate strong interest in it. Members receive a per diem of $35 for attendance at meetings.
For more information or to get an application form, call the County Administration Department at 651-438-4418. The application deadline is June 9.
Boy, 17, killed by freight train
A 17-year-old Andover boy was killed about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday after he was run over by a freight train, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office reported.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, headed north on its regular route, was about 300 yards beyond 161st Avenue in Andover when the conductor saw the boy run out of some trees on the east side of the tracks, said Capt. Dave Jenkins of the sheriff's office.
The victim then appeared to lie down on the tracks, but authorities were still investigating Tuesday afternoon, Jenkins said. The train could not stop in time to avoid him.
The teen's name was not released pending notification of family.