Reporter's notebook

Odds-and-ends left in our notebooks this week:

New Jordan cop

Jordan residents will soon come to recognize the face of Donald Brennhofer, a new full-time officer hired by the Jordan Police Department this week. The department has been looking for an officer since January, when officer John Bodenhamer stepped down from the force to pursue other career options.

Jordan Police Chief Brett Empey said the position was posted as a “lateral entry,” which allowed the police department to take into consideration prior licensed law enforcement experience when searching for candidates.

“We were hoping we could attract somebody with experience and make it an easier training and quicker plug-in,” Empey said.

Following Brennhofer’s hire, the Jordan Police Department is fully staffed.

Girl got stuck in storm grate

A 16-year-old girl was rescued from being stuck in a storm grate at Five Hawks Elementary School on May 24, according to Prior Lake police.

Comm. Brad Cragoe said it’s unclear why the Prior Lake girl was near Five Hawks at 3:19 p.m. No injuries were reported, and the girl’s parents were notified.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported on June 3 that an abandoned fawn had been found near Prior Lake.

The fawn appeared to be in good condition. The reporting person was advised to leave the fawn alone, as its mother was likely nearby.

More flooding

June brought more Minnesota River flooding in Savage.

The river crested early this week at around 708 feet and the water is expected to remain in flood stage, which is above 702 feet, next week.

The river nearly reached 713 feet, which is major flood stage, at the end of March this year. The crest landed in ninth place on the list of the river’s historic crests in Savage.

St. Francis revenue dips with rough winter

St. Francis Regional Medical Center reported a slight drop in revenue its first quarter after a rough winter.

In its financial statement, the Shakopee hospital reported total operating revenue of $42.1 million, a decrease of .8% compared to the prior year.

“Factors impacting operating revenue include declines in patient volumes related to severe winter weather,” the statement says.

Last month, the Star Tribune reported that large hospital and clinic operators in the Twin Cities all pointed to the weather and a mild flu season in diminished financial results for the first quarter.

Overheard on the scanner

"It appears McGruff's hand is in the parking lot." 

— Compiled by reporters Jack Hammett, Michael Strasburg, Deena Winter and Christine Schuster.

South regional editor

Deena is the regional editor for Shakopee, Jordan, Prior Lake and Savage and is passionate about uncovering the truth. Deena also enjoys gardening, playing tennis and up-cycling furniture.

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