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Hastings Woman Pleads Guilty in Connection to Abuse, Endangerment of Daughter

A 24-year-old Hastings woman has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a pornographic work involving minors and endangerment of a child in connection with the abuse and endangerment of her daughter, the Dakota County Attorney's Office said Friday.

A judge has sentenced Amanda Lee Hughes to 180 days in jail and five years of probation.

Video: Two Dynasties Continue At State Wrestling Team Competition

All three defending state champions had the chance to extend their dynasties at the Minnesota State Wrestling Team Championships.

Only two did, and one was in remarkable fashion.

Apple Valley came in as 7-time defending Class AAA Champions, Simley had won 5 straight Class AA titles and Jackson County Central is on a 3-year Class A title run.

MN Scholastic Art Award Winners Recognized this Weekend

Columbia Heights Students Featured in 'Kids Do Art' Festival

Student artwork is on display through this weekend in Fridley as part of the “Kids Do Art” festival.

According to Columbia Heights Schools, the exhibit features work from kindergarten through eighth grade students from 15 schools in the North Metro area. Pieces include both 2D and 3D art.

New Dakota County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Appointed

A new emergency preparedness coordinator for Dakota County is set to begin work in March.

Sheriff Dave Bellows says Dan Carlson has been selected as the county's new coordinator. Former Emergency Preparedness Director Dave Gisch recently retired after 29 years of service.

SSP Mayor's Youth Task Force to Receive Star of the North Award

Next month, the South St. Paul Mayor's Youth Task Force will be awarded a Star of the North Award by Minnesota Congressman John Kline.

Father Charged in Shaking Baby in West St. Paul

A father has been charged in the assault of his 4-month-old baby.

Michael Joseph Mason, 26, of West St. Paul, faces a felony charge of first-degree assault in Dakota County District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.

Police responded to a hospital Feb. 18 on a report of a baby girl with head trauma.