Hardly a day passes without Andrea Aistrop making a plea on social media about her missing father, who disappeared nearly four months ago.
Family members and police remain on the lookout for tips about the whereabouts of David Dahl, who went missing Nov. 14 near the 7600 block of 181st Avenue NW. in Ramsey. The family is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his whereabouts.
Police say no foul play is suspected in connection with the disappearance of Dahl, 56, who was last seen on foot without either a cellphone or car.
Searches with dogs, all-terrain vehicles, drones, a helicopter and a special machine tracker used to scour marshy areas have so far come up empty, according to authorities.
"It's an open and active investigation," said Ramsey Police Chief Jeff Katers. "We still continue to follow up on all leads or possible sightings."
Aistrop said her father had been released from the hospital a few days before his disappearance and has struggled with mental health issues. Family members say Dahl had been homeless before and may have sought shelter in a barn.
Dahl, who worked for years as a machinist, often spent time in the Nowthen area. "He was the type of person who would give you his last $5," Aistrop said.
United Legacy, a search and rescue organization, has conducted searches and is planning another private volunteer search once the snow clears, Aistrop said.
A photo of Dahl and additional information is available on a Facebook page created by United Legacy. Anyone with information should call Ramsey police at 763-427-1212.
Council maintains city ban on shooting
The Mounds View City Council has rejected a proposal to allow people to legally discharge firearms within city limits.
As opponents to the proposal filled the council chambers at the Feb. 26 meeting and voiced their concerns, the council voted 3-2 against the amendment requested by INH Properties and Heartland Gun Club and Range.
The developers wanted to include an indoor gun range at a $40 million apartment and retail complex proposed for Mounds View Boulevard and County Road H2.
City Administrator Nyle Zikmund said it's now unlikely that the complex would include a gun range.
Mayor Carol Mueller said at the meeting that she supported the change because the gun range would provide a place for gun users to practice safe habits.
Sheriff seeks feedback on bodycam policy
The first step in the efforts of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office to roll out a body camera program will take place at a public forum Wednesday.
The Sheriff's Office, which has about 140 sworn officers, is proposing to buy 90 cameras and implement the program by the end of the year, said Cmdr. Paul Sommer.
The policy is expected to go before the County Board this spring. "We're in the beginning stages," Sommer said.
Members of the public are invited to ask questions and comment on the policy at the forum, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office, 13301 Hanson Blvd. NW., Andover. The proposed policy is available on the county's website.
Clark will not seek re-election to council
Dave Clark has announced that he will not be seeking re-election this November to the Blaine City Council.
"In January, it will be 20 years on the council, and that's enough," Clark said at a recent meeting. "It's been an honor to serve."
Clark, who represents the city's Second Ward and works as a new business development manager for Malco Products, was first elected to the council in November 1998.
Two other positions on the seven-member City Council will be up for grabs this fall, with seats from the First and Third wards appearing on the ballot.
Grant helps renovate historic theater
River Falls, Wis., has received an $82,600 state grant to renovate and expand its 90-year-old downtown movie theater.
The grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will help fund plans to add a second screen and make other renovations at the Falls Theatre on Main Street, which opened its doors in 1927.
The project also calls for more restrooms, improved furnishings and equipment, larger space to screen more films, and infrastructure improvements elsewhere downtown.
The $640,000 project is expected to be completed this summer.