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Corona Virus Updates

Allina Launches Donation Page

Dear friends,

Thank you for your continued trust in our team of Allina Health caregivers. I am writing to you today, as our entire organization rallies around a single goal: to provide the best health care possible in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Will you join us in that goal?

You have experienced the compassionate care of our gifted physicians, nurses, therapists, and staff. In this time of great need, we have seen how our communities are eager to rally around us with support and gratitude. We are grateful and overwhelmed by the recent outpouring of support.

Our community is asking for more ways to help. The role of front line caregivers and all those who make our essential services possible has never been more crucial. We all want to keep our critical team members in their roles, doing what they do best. This is why the foundations of Allina Health are joining together in an effort to support the needs of all of our caregivers at this important time.

We have created a new Caring for Caregivers Fund to provide immediate support for our employees who experience financial challenges during this crisis.

Donate here.

With your support, the Caring for Caregivers Fund will help our employees in need with mortgage or rent expenses, car payments, child care and utility expenses, and other financial hardships that may arise as our team members give their full attention to caring for those who are seriously ill.

Times like this remind us that we are all in this together. We are immensely grateful for the trust you have shown in us. Thank you for your support today, and always.

With gratitude,

Penny Wheeler

Dr. Penny Wheeler

President and CEO, Allina Health

Hastings Senior Center Closes

In following with the school schedule, the Senior Center will be closed through Friday, May 1. This is sad news for us, but we are hoping together we can keep the virus from spreading. We will only open when it is safe for our members to be back together. At this time, we are not sure when that will be. We plan on posting updates via email with any new information we have regarding the Hastings Area Senior Center.

OSEL Blood Drive

Blood Drive: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church – 400 West 9th St.

Monday April 20-11:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday April 21-1pm-7pm

Right now, American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy

Individuals are needed to schedule an appointment in the coming days and weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

To schedule an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-855-210-1278 or call Gail 651 248-1173

Hastings Dental Suspends Non-Emergency Appointments

From Hastings Dental:

"Please Note: Hastings Dental has been required to cancel all NON Emergency Dental Appointments, currently thru 04/13/2020. We will reach out when we can to get appointments rescheduled. For more information call Hastings Dental at 651-437-9812."

Spiral Foods Remains Open

From Spiral Natural Foods:

"Yes, your beloved cooperative grocer is staying open! Spiral Food Co-op is a grocery store and we are, therefore, deemed an essential business. This means we can continue to provide excellent food and service to you in the coming weeks. We are aware of Governor Walz's Shelter in Place order which will become effective on Friday, March 27 at 11:59 PM. We have already been preparing the store for such a possibility. As essential employees, we are able to provide our staff with the opportunity to continue to come to work. Also, on Monday, we rolled out our Curbside Pick-up program allowing those who were already observing quarantine and reducing contact to obtain contact free groceries. We have also been available for call-in requests since Friday, March 20. Thank you to everyone who has shopped, ordered curbside, or just called in to see if we're open. We are extremely grateful that you are thinking of us as a place to shop for your groceries in these uncertain times. We are proud that we have kept up with the demand for many essentials like milk, bread, eggs, bananas, rice, and meat. Thank you, also, for continuing to be the most amazing shoppers a small co-op could hope for. Every day we see people in our store display immense kindness and cooperation while we all navigate these new safety measures. Thank you for keeping our staff safe, thank you for keeping your neighbors safe, it is truly our pleasure to serve you."

Joy Lutheran Offers Assistance

With the recent global pandemic, Joy Lutheran Church wants to make sure we are connecting with people in need as well as identifying people who are able to volunteer to help others. If you or someone you know has a specific need or, are interested in volunteering, please consider filling out the survey below. We especially are concerned with those issues around food and personal care needs, transportation concerns, and overall mental health support. For assistance, or to volunteer, click here.

More Business Updates

Here is a list of some businesses still offering services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Auto Doctor Car Care Center, at 1370 S. Frontage Rd. 651-437-9699 and online at AutoDoctorMN.com, Blessings Academy of Arts and Music, offering piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, beginner saxophone, violin, viola, cello, bass. Contact them at HastingsArtsCenter.org, and Meloy Park Florist is open, although with reduced hours on some days. Call 651-437-3184 for delivery or pick-up of flowers, plants and gift items. Local Farmer Charlie Swanson is offering eggs at $3 per dozen. Call 651-436-5451. The Hastings Y and Sheridan Story are supplying lunch for families, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, M-F, Pierce County Offices are closed to the public, and the Hastings City Council will hold a special meeting tonight regarding Pandemic Response. Stay up to date with these and other closes and changes at KDWA.com/Corona-Virus-Update.

Local Farmer Offers Eggs

In the midst of supplies being short in the KDWA listening area, local farmer Charlie Swanson has the following announcement.

Click here for audio

   

Update From the Hastings Arts Center

We just want folks to know that even though the Hastings Arts Center building is closed and we have suspended most of our concerts, our teachers in Blessings Academy of Arts and Music are teaching music lessons online. So....if people would like to signup to take online lessons, our teachers definitely would love to have new students. We offer piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, beginner saxophone, violin, viola, cello, bass.

The best way for them to contact us to get connected is to go to our website contact page:

HAC/BAAM

Once they fill out the contact form, I will be able to contact them for more information, pricing, etc.

Thank you so much for your part in helping the Hastings community. Let us know if we can help in any way as well!

Sarah Lockwood

Hastings Arts Center

Blessings Academy of Arts & Music

We just want folks to know that even though the Hastings Arts Center building is closed and we have suspended most of our concerts, our teachers in Blessings Academy of Arts and Music are teaching music lessons online. So....if people would like to signup to take online lessons, our teachers definitely would love to have new students. We offer piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, beginner saxophone, violin, viola, cello, bass.

The best way for them to contact us to get connected is to go to our website contact page:

HAC/BAAM

Once they fill out the contact form, I will be able to contact them for more information, pricing, etc.

Thank you so much for your part in helping the Hastings community. Let us know if we can help in any way as well!

Sarah Lockwood

Hastings Arts Center

Blessings Academy of Arts & Music

Pierce County Repsonse To Safer At Home

In response to the Governor’s most recent order of "Safer At Home", Pierce County Offices will be closed to the public with the exception of those necessary services effective Wednesday, March 25th at 8AM. Pierce County is committed to providing those necessary services to its citizens, even during these times of uncertainty. Our citizens are encouraged to conduct services that they can by phone and email but we will provide in person services for those in need. For those needing in person services, you are encouraged to contact the necessary department to schedule an appointment. A link to Pierce County services with contact numbers can be found here.

We have already taken measures to have certain staff transition to remote work in the areas that we can with some still occupying county facilities to provide those services that are necessary and mandated. We are sensitive to the needs of those we serve but also those we employ; therefore, we apologize for any service delays that you experience in the coming days/weeks of this Public Health Emergency. Our Public Health Department continues to work diligently to keep informed of the current status of COVID-19 both locally and globally to keep staff, citizens, businesses, schools and officials advised of related impacts. Regular FAQs will be posted on the County's Website for you to refer. Click here.

It is extremely important that citizens refer to the most accurate sources for updated information and are cautioned not to rely on social media information or updates. Citizens concerned with receiving the most recent and credible information concerning the pandemic should go to the CDC website.

Corps Of Engineers Delay Camp Openings

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District has closed all visitor centers, beaches and project offices to the public to protect against the further spread of COVID-19.

Most day use areas, boat ramps and trails will remain open and available. Contact the local office for availability.

Unopened Corps campgrounds within the St. Paul District will have an indefinite delay in their previously advertised seasonal openings. Individuals with paid camping reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by Recreation.gov with no cancellation fees. Individuals should not contact Recreation.gov to request a refund as that will lead to a cancellation fee being charged.

This closure also cancels Corps-sponsored events, interpretive programs, dam tours and site visits scheduled through May 11.

The St. Paul District regrets any inconvenience caused by these closures. The safety and health our visitors and employees is our top priority.

For up-to-date information on modifications, closures or other restrictions related to St. Paul District areas visitthe USACE Website.

WI Issues Safer At Home Order

On Tuesday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home Order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions, as clarified and defined in the order. According to a press release from the Governor's office, the Order is in effect from 8 AM, Wednesday, March 25th until 8 AM, Friday, April 24th, or until a superseding Order is issued. The press release states that individuals do not need permission to leave their homes, but must comply with the order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is and essential business or operation as defined by the order, it does not need certification or documentation to continue work done in compliance with the order. The order contains detailed information regarding exemptions provided to certain businesses. If a business is unsure whether they are exempted from the order, they are urged to contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at the link provided here.

Dakota County Opens COVID-19 Hotline

Dakota County launched a COVID-19 public health hotline on Tuesday, March 24 to answer questions residents have about coronavirus. The public health hotline supports the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotlines that are receiving hundreds of calls a day.

Dakota County’s COVID-19 hotline number is 952-891-7834. It is open Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotlines will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

   School and child care questions:

651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504

   Health questions:

651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

Afton Museum Closes For Outbreak

The Afton Historical Museuma has announced they are temoprarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check the website at AftonHistoricalMuseum.com for the most current information.

Rosemount Declares State Of Emergency

The City of Rosemount has shuttered City Hall as the COVID-19 outbreak is active in the area. According to City Administrator Logan Martin, the door to city hall is locked, and there will be a rotating, sparsely-populated skeleton crew operating behind the door of city hall to respect social distancing but to still make sure they are able to provide service. Permit applications and utility bill payments are still being accepted, but Martin said they encourage residents to do them online. Otherwise city employees are working from home, but the Rosemount police and fire departments are still active. Updates are posted on the City Website.

Spiral Natural Foods Update

UPDATED: Starting Monday, March 23, 2020 we are temporarily changing our hours. On Thursday we announced that we would be opening at 9am, we have since changed our open time to 10am. We are sorry about any inconvenience this sudden change may cause you. We are working as fast as we can to update information as events unfold.

Cottage Grove Issues Statement

From Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey:

I wanted to update everyone on where the City of Cottage Grove is with regards to the current Covid-19 pandemic emergency. Your Council and City Staff are meeting VIA Zoom at least once a week to keep us in the loop with any updates or concerns. This is coupled with daily emails and calls.

I, as Mayor, have been in web meetings with the School District, Washington County, and Senator Bigham to make sure we are all aligned with current citizens needs.

1. Public Safety continues to function as normal. Our Paramedics are taking extra precautions when arriving at medical scenes. They currently have the masks and gowns we need at this time. (Thanks to Regions Hospital!). Public Works continues to do there work! We are patching holes, managing our infrastructure, etc. all our staff in all city departments are doing fantastic! I am very proud of our City Team! They are here for you!

2. The Ice Arena, Eagles Bar and Grill, and the HERO Center are closed. City Hall is still working and we have drop boxes for permits and such in the lobby area. You can call or email if you have any questions or concerns.

3. Parks are open. Trails are open. Just practice social distancing. (I’ve seen a lot of walkers in the last few days!). Washington County Parks are free and open to usage!

4. The School District is looking for help in providing child care for first responders, health care personnel, and grocery workers. If interested in working...please reach out to District 833 through their website.

5. The school district is also providing thousands of meals to those kids in need. I have also seen other businesses and agencies providing food to those in need. That is really awesome!

6. Try not to hoard items. Let’s remember...we are all in this together! Please buy what you need for 1-2 weeks.

7. We currently do not have any active cases of COVID-19 in Cottage Grove at this time.

Hastings City Hall Provides Update

The City of Hastings has temporarily closed all City building to visitors to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus). Essential services will continue to be available to residents.

Staff members at City buildings are available by phone and email to help serve you.

Building Department: (651) 480-2342 or building@hastingsmn.gov

City Hall General: (651) 480-2350

Civic Arena: (651) 480-6195 or parksinfo@hastingsmn.gov

Community Development: (651) 480-2378 or jhinzman@hastingsmn.gov

Engineering: (651) 480-2334 or shanson@hastingsmn.gov

Finance: (651) 480-2347 or financedept@hastingsmn.gov

Fire: (651) 480-6150 FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911

Parks: (651) 480-6175 or parksinfo@hastingsmn.gov

Police: (651) 480-2300 or hpd@hastingsmn.gov FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911

Public Works: (651) 480-6185 or njudge@hastingsmn.gov

Utility Billing: (651) 480-2356

You may call in and pay utility or other bills by credit card or place payment in a sealed envelope in the drop box out in front of City Hall next to the parking lane.

Please visit www.hastingsmn.gov for information, which will be updated regularly as this situation evolves.

WCSO Updates Service Guidelines

The Washington County Sheriff's Office’s priority continues to be the safety of county residents, visitors, and employees. The County is aligning with the CDC and MDH guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has modified operations in response to COVID-19 in an effort to reduce contact with or spreading the virus:

The public may observe first responders wearing more personal protection equipment during calls for service.

Deputies may ask those involved in calls for service to step outside into an open air environment.

Non-emergency calls for service may be taken via phone.

Dispatchers may be asking additional screening questions on medical related calls.

All visitation for adult inmates in the jail have been cancelled.

Suspension of all applicant fingerprinting services.

These steps are being taken quickly to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Washington County will be assessing these changes and updating preparedness measures as needed. While we are making changes to our processes, we want you to know that the Washington County Sheriff's Office is still here to serve you. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work diligently to ensure the health and safety of our community.

DARTS Loop Bus Schedule Changes

In light of increasing concerns regarding COVID-19, we are modifying our LOOP services effective immediately. To protect passengers and drivers, we are only allowing one passenger on the bus at a time. Riders will be taken directly to their destination, and the driver will set a return time. We are asking all individuals to call 651-455-1560 to schedule their trip; however, for the coming week, we will stop at all the set residential stops.

As expected, this week's ridership was lower than usual. In an effort to reach more individuals, we are opening up the geographic boundaries of the set routes to include more of the communities in which we serve.

Dispatch will be available for 7:30 am until 4pm Monday-Friday for scheduling rides.

Here are the scheduled days and areas (times will vary according to need):

Monday: Stillwater/Oak Park Heights & Farmington

Tuesday: Hastings & Cottage Grove

Wednesday: West St Paul, South St Paul, Inver Grove Heights and Mendota Heights

Thursday: Lakeville

Friday: Edina CloverRide—all areas of Edina

In addition to LOOP services, we are developing a grocery/household good shopping process. I'll have more information about that later. Also, if DARTS can help in your community, please don't hesitate to call.

I'm sure I don’t need to remind anyone, but conditions are ever-changing. I will update you with new developments as they arise.

Jan Hix

Program Manager—Transportation

DARTS

651-234-2233

Oakwood Church Suspends Services

All events, services, and classes at Oakwood Church are cancelled through March 31.

Office hours are sporadic, however if you have a prayer request or other need, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Sheppard, the Deacon Board or Chris Ruud.

Ongoing updates or changes will be communicated to you through a variety of channels; e-mail, mail, website, church voice mail and social media.

Giving is also still available through the website, via text, and ACH. You may also mail checks to the church office.

Thank you for your patience and support during these unusual times.

Chris Ruud on behalf of Pastor Sheppard and the Deacon Board

Oakwood Church

1388 Point Douglas Road S

St. Paul, MN, 55119

651-578-8478

CNC Responds To COVID-19

Dear Friends of CNC,

In these uncertain times, Carpenter Nature Center recognizes the importance of keeping our visitors and community safe. In response to the COVID-19 virus, we are doing our part by proactively adjusting our operations based on guidance from medical experts, the CDC, and the Minnesota Department of Health.

This includes the following:

Closing the Visitor Center in Minnesota.

Trails on both Minnesota and Wisconsin sites will remain open to the public during regular operating hours.

Onsite restroom facilities will include a port-a-potty on the Wisconsin Campus and the small restroom vestibule in the Minnesota Interpretive building.

All public programs scheduled for the month of March are canceled or postponed.

There will be limited onsite staff presence through the end of March. Many of us will be working from home, but will still be available via email if needed.

These actions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. It is imperative for the health of our communities that we do our part to slow the spread of this virus. However, while it’s easy to focus on the negatives of the situation there are still opportunities for outdoor recreation and education.

Looking to get your daily dose of nature while practicing social distancing? The 25 miles of trails at Carpenter Nature Center remain the perfect place to stretch your legs and take a hike. If you are at home, our team of naturalists, volunteers, and interns are creating fun and educational online content, including podcasts, video-education, and nature-observation contests to keep our communities' youth educated and entertained. We are finding creative ways to come together virtually to continue serving our community during this challenging time. Keep an eye on our website for new content and updates.

You can also observe nature in action from the comfort of your home thanks to several great live streaming webcams across the world. Here are links to some of our favorites:

MN DNR EagleCam Minnesota

Mississippi River Flyway Cam, Brice Prairie, Wisconsin

Great Blue Heron Nest, Maryland's Eastern Shore

Orcalab Base Lookout, Hanson Island, British Columbia, Canada

Cornell Lab Bird Cams Multiple Locations

Join our photo contest! Send us your nature/outdoor/wildlife themed photos for a chance to win a new bird feeder. CNC staff will vote on a 1st place and Runner-Up winner. Email your photo to Erika at erika@carpenternaturecenter.org by Tuesday, March 31, at 4:30pm. Only one submission per person please; no age limit.

Thank you for your patience and support. Carpenter Nature Center would not be able to serve our community without the incredible support of our donors, grantors, and volunteers. If you have any questions regarding any of these changes, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 651-437-4359.

Pierce County Declares County Emergency

March 19, 2020

From Pierce County Administration

Re: Proclamation in response to COVID-19

On March 19, 2020 Pierce County Board Chairman Jeff Holst, and Administrative Coordinator Jason Matthys, signed a proclamation declaring the existence of a county emergency due to COVID-19.

This proclamation is not being enacted because of an increase of or any newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pierce County.

This will enable us to take whatever actions that are necessary and expedient for the health, safety, protection, and welfare of persons and property within Pierce County. Pierce County will be making changes in its Board Rules to allow for the Pierce County Board of Supervisors to attend county meetings remotely throughout this emergency. Ratification of this proclamation will be requested by the County Board of Supervisors at their next meeting.

Ch. 323 Wis. Stats. empowers the County to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of local emergency when the county is affected or likely to be affected by a public health emergency and/or extraordinary disturbance and the County Board is not in session.

Pierce County's decision is in concert with recent decisions of the U.S. President and the Wisconsin Governor declaring a public health emergency. Should the emergency status of Pierce County elevate in the coming days/weeks/months, with this authority in place, we will be better prepared to more quickly enact whatever means necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in the best interest of the County, staff and our community. We ask that our citizens not construe this action as a reason for concern but rather viewed as a tool the municipality has to effectively respond to public health and other significant emergencies.

Pierce County Declares County Emergency

March 19, 2020

From Pierce County Administration

Re: Proclamation in response to COVID-19

On March 19, 2020 Pierce County Board Chairman Jeff Holst, and Administrative Coordinator Jason Matthys, signed a proclamation declaring the existence of a county emergency due to COVID-19.

This proclamation is not being enacted because of an increase of or any newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pierce County. This will enable us to take whatever actions that are necessary and expedient for the health, safety, protection, and welfare of persons and property within Pierce County. Pierce County will be making changes in its Board Rules to allow for the Pierce County Board of Supervisors to attend county meetings remotely throughout this emergency. Ratification of this proclamation will be requested by the County Board of Supervisors at their next meeting.

Ch. 323 Wis. Stats. empowers the County to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of local emergency when the county is affected or likely to be affected by a public health emergency and/or extraordinary disturbance and the County Board is not in session.

Pierce County’s decision is in concert with recent decisions of the U.S. President and the Wisconsin Governor declaring a public health emergency.

Should the emergency status of Pierce County elevate in the coming days/weeks/months, with this authority in place, we will be better prepared to more quickly enact whatever means necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in the best interest of the County, staff and our community.

We ask that our citizens not construe this action as a reason for concern but rather viewed as a tool the municipality has to effectively respond to public health and other significant emergencies.

Prescott Area Catholic Churches Suspend Public Mass

March 19, 2020

From Pierce County Administration

Re: Proclamation in response to COVID-19

On March 19, 2020 Pierce County Board Chairman Jeff Holst, and Administrative Coordinator Jason Matthys, signed a proclamation declaring the existence of a county emergency due to COVID-19.

This proclamation is not being enacted because of an increase of or any newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pierce County. This will enable us to take whatever actions that are necessary and expedient for the health, safety, protection, and welfare of persons and property within Pierce County. Pierce County will be making changes in its Board Rules to allow for the Pierce County Board of Supervisors to attend county meetings remotely throughout this emergency. Ratification of this proclamation will be requested by the County Board of Supervisors at their next meeting.

Ch. 323 Wis. Stats. empowers the County to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of local emergency when the county is affected or likely to be affected by a public health emergency and/or extraordinary disturbance and the County Board is not in session.

Pierce County’s decision is in concert with recent decisions of the U.S. President and the Wisconsin Governor declaring a public health emergency.

Should the emergency status of Pierce County elevate in the coming days/weeks/months, with this authority in place, we will be better prepared to more quickly enact whatever means necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in the best interest of the County, staff and our community.

We ask that our citizens not construe this action as a reason for concern but rather viewed as a tool the municipality has to effectively respond to public health and other significant emergencies.

Prescott Area Catholic Churches Suspend Public Mass

From St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prescott:

In a letter to all priests dated 16 March, Bishop Callahan has suspended the celebration of Mass with the public–indefinitely. Furthermore, he has said that funerals and weddings could proceed but with a limited number of people. Given the recent recommendations of the CDC that would mean no more than ten people. Other dioceses have limited funerals to committal services only. With only ten people in attendance for the next 15 days that probably means just a burial service.

Bishop Callahan hopes that he can remove these restrictions sooner than 1 May but that is yet to be determined. This is an unprecedented event in most of our lives. We will live through it but at this time it is important that all of us isolate to keep the curve of the virus low. Know that our parish is in my prayer and I hope to see you at Mass soon.

Our Saviours Statement

A Note from Our Saviour's to the Hastings community,

After prayerful deliberation and conversation, Our Saviour's decided to suspend church activities starting March 15. The health and well-being of the Our Saviour's family and the Hastings Community is of utmost concern. We will continue to monitor developments and make further decisions as circumstances warrant.

Church staff and pastors are continuing to work, and Pastors are available for pastoral care. You can continue to hear our weekly services through YouTube, FaceBook, the Our Saviour's website (OSEL.org), and our normal radio broadcasts on KDWA Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.

Please reach out to our office at (651) 437-9052 if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding and support, and we are praying for good health and wellbeing for all of our Hastings community.

Dan's In New Trier Offers Curbside Pickup

Adding to the list of restaurants offering cubside pick up during the Social Distancing directive is Dan's Bar in New Trier. If you'd like to pick up a delicious meal, call Dan's at 651-437-5844.

County Parks Statement

From the Dakota County Park System:

"As response to coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we have made some changes to Dakota County Parks to ensure the safety of the public and our staff.

Public-facing park facilities, including the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan and Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center at Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings, are closed at least through Wednesday, April 1.

We've also canceled all park programs and events through Sunday, April 19. Existing park facility rentals and camper cabins at Whitetail Woods Regional Park also canceled through April 19. Parks is waiving withdrawal, change or cancellation fees for programs, facility rentals, permits and passes until further notice.

While we are closing park facilities and canceling programs, parks and trails are still open. We encourage people to come out and enjoy nature — go for a hike, dog walk or bike ride, be outside, sit and enjoy the scenery while also practicing social distancing.

Exterior restrooms will remain open in all parks. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected routinely as the county is committed to the health and safety of the public and our staff.

While you may not see as many park staff out in the parks right now, we're here ready to serve you. The best way to reach us during this time is by email at parks@co.dakota.mn.us.

Double Down Daredevils Concert Postponed

From First Presbyterian Church of Hastings:

The Double Down Daredevils concert scheduled for First Pres on 3/29 has been postponed to an as-yet unscheduled future date.

Spiral Natural Foods Changes Hours

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020 we are temporarily changing our hours. We are going to have shorter open hours to help our staff with our increased cleaning schedule and to allow more overlap in scheduling.

Our New Hours Will Be:

Monday - Saturday 9am-7pm

Sunday - 12pm-6pm

ISD 200 Guidlines

March 18, 2020

District Response to Governor Walz Executive Order:

Childcare Begins March 23

The district will provide school age childcare (kindergarten to age 12) at Pinecrest from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for eligible families of emergency workers. Two meals are included for each child.

We intend to honor registrations for residents and open enrollees of I.S.D. 200 who are:

Tier 1 emergency workers (required)

Tier 2 (optional) School age children of all Hastings Public School employees regardless of resident district.

Check your eligibility at this link.

Extended childcare is available to eligible emergency workers from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on a space available basis. We are bound to follow the protocol of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Childcare will only be provided for eligible students who are registered at https://hastings.ce.eleyo.com/ prior to drop off.

Transportation for school day childcare is available. Regular and special needs bus routes will be determined based on registrations. Transportation for any child will begin following confirmation by Hastings Bus Company.

Meal Service Begins March 23

Students or family members can accept the meals. The meals meet child nutrition requirements and are intended to have an extended storage life to increase the food security throughout the community. Families may make advance requests for meals that meet special dietary or allergy requirements by contacting (651) 480-7127

All students on scheduled morning bus routes may receive two meals per day at their regular bus stop. The bus routes will run exactly two hours later than on a regular school day.

Students who regularly receive special transportation will get meal delivery at their door.

Students who live in walking zones are eligible to pick up two meals per day by two options:

At Hastings High School or Middle School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A distribution area will be set up near the main entrance.

At Kennedy or McAuliffe Elementary Schools at approximately 10:00 a.m. Please meet the parked school bus.

Distance Learning is Tentatively Scheduled to Begin on March 30

Each grade level from preschool to high school will participate in developmentally appropriate distance learning until schools are able to reopen.

Specific details on learning management platforms, technology, and expectations will be shared by each school.

The district will receive state funding based on the daily participation rates of students in the distance learning activities. All healthy students are expected to participate under the state compulsory attendance law.

We strongly recommend that parents begin providing structure on March 23 by having students participate in meal service and gathering educational materials. This will greatly improve their readiness for distance learning.

Hastings Senior Center Update

These are very interesting times we are in! I’m writing this to give you an update on our program as I will not be mailing out the April newsletter.

For now, the Senior Center is closed through March 27th and possibly longer. As we all know, recommendations are changing daily for protocols to follow. With social distancing, most of our programs could not continue while keeping 6 feet between us. We often share cards, table space, etc. It is our top priority to keep you all safe and well.

AARP tax appointments have been canceled by their National Office. If you had a tax appointment here is a resource for you to help you get your taxes filed:

Alternative Free Online Tax Preparation:

Go to irs.gov/coronavirus

Go to Free File

Go to Choose a free file online product

Go to Lookup tool

There are several companies that offer free filing.

Foot Care appointments have been canceled. You will receive a call from your nurse to reschedule once we are open. Smart driver classes have been cancelled through April 30th. The walking track at the High School is closed.

At this time, I’m still working out of Tilden. I will try to keep updated information on our voice mail and communicate via e-mail. I will be sending out a fun list of things you can look, watch, play at home while hunkering down.

Our program exists because social interaction with others is vital to our overall health. Please take some time to connect with your friends via phone calls, notes, text messages, etc. Everyone should have contact with someone every day! We would like to start a calling tree for those who are isolated. If you know of someone who could use a friendly call, please let me know their name and phone number. My phone # is 651-480-7689. Even if not at the Center I can access voice mail.

Stay safe and healthy. I’ll be in touch!

Sincerely,

Laurie Thrush, Coordinator

Hastings Senior Center

St. Philip's Suspends Activity

Statement from St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Hastings:

St. Philip’s Lutheran Church has cancelled all worship services and events until further notice.

Prescott Moves To Virtual Meetings

The Prescott City Council is going to do their meeting electronically for the foreseeable future for their meetings. The meeting for Monday, March 23rd will be a “Go to Meeting” below is the information for getting into the meeting.

Prescott City Council Meeting

Mon, Mar 23, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: Join Here

You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

- One-touch: tel:+16467493112,458860309#

Access Code: 458-860-309

Join from a video-conferencing room or system.

Dial in or type: 67.217.95.2 or inroomlink.goto.com

Meeting ID: 458 860 309

Or dial directly: 458860309@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##458860309

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: Click Here

We have this information on our website calendar and I will have it also on the agenda website (once I get the agenda complete) below is the link to the website

Prescott Calendar Link

ProAct Modifies Services

ProAct has worked diligently to ensure the health and safety of both our participants and staff during these challenging times relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. We take our role as a provider of disability services seriously and have continued to monitor the changing landscape to ensure we are making the best decisions possible. We understand our decisions affect family and residences so making the following changes was not an easy decision. This week we realized it's our responsibility to stop providing or modify how the following services are provided at all of our locations effective Friday, March 20, with plans to resume services on Monday, April 6.

County Commissioners To Hold Special Meeting

A Special Dakota County Board Of Commissioners Meeting will be held on Friday, March 20, at 9:00 AM for the purpose of considering the continuation of the state of emergency. Governor Walz declared a peacetime emergency (Emergency Executive Order 20-01), and the Dakota County Board of Commissioners Chair, Mike Slavik, declared a local state of emergency in Dakota County on March 17, 2020 in response to COVID-19. The Dakota County Manager has determined it is not practical or prudent to conduct an in-person County Board of Commissioners meeting due to the local state of emergency and social distancing guidelines. Accordingly, Commissioners will participate in this meeting via telephone and the Board meeting will be conducted under Minnesota Statutes section 13D.021 at the date and time stated above. Members of the public may view the meeting via live stream at the link provided here. If you have questions about this information, please call Jeni Reynolds, Sr. Administrative Coordinator to the Board, 651-438-4417.

Tri-Parish Churches Suspend Public Mass

In accordance with State and Federal Governmental directives, the Tri-Parish Catholic Community will suspend public observance of the Mass. Father Cole Kracke provides the details.

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Inquiries may be directed to the parish office, at 651-437-9030.

Legalshield Closes

From Legalshield in Hastings:

"Legalshield of Hastings is temporarily closing our doors until March 30th to help slow down the spread of Covid-19. There will be someone in the office during regular business hours (2-8pm) to take phone calls about our services and our income opportunitIy positions we are offering. We will still continue to take donations for Hastings Family Service Hunger Fight. If wanted please leave on the deck and they will be taken in, otherwise you can wait to drop donations off when we reopen for business."

Freedom Park Visitor Center Closure

Following recommendations put forth by the CDC regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park in Prescott will be CLOSED from 3/19/20 - 4/6/20. Opening date is subject to change as the situation develops. We will resume normal hours as soon as we can within the safety recommendations and guidelines we are given.

Please follow us on Facebook for the very latest news about our programs and open hours!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Visitor Center operations/programs, please give us a call at 715-262-0104, or send an email to info@freedomparkwi.org.

The following programs have been postponed or canceled:

March 28: Unique Birds from Around the World: CANCELED

April 5: Art Reception for Prescott High School Art Students: POSTPONED

April 15: Raptors of the River Valley: POSTPONED

WI DOR Releases Tax Prep Assistance Info

From the Wisconsin Department of Revenue:

"All AARP Foundation Tax-Aide's Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and most IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sites in Wisconsin have closed beginning March 16 until further notice, due to concerns with the spread of COVID-19. "We are working directly with the IRS, AARP and our individual site coordinators throughout the state," says Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca. "The safety and health of taxpayers, volunteers and those who live in the communities that these VITA-TCE sites serve are our top priorities." VITA clients with scheduled appointments or anyone planning a VITA center visit should call before going to ensure it is open. Some VITA sites are offering drop-off service.

Local Man Starts Ride Service

Local construction worker Michael Berneche has started a volunteer ride service for those who need assistance with transportation during the Coronavirus outbreak. Operating locally in Hastings, persons needing transportation can call Mike at 651-592-5146 to arrange a ride. Mike is also seeking others to volunteer their time and vehicles during the outbreak. If you would like to help out, Mike would like to hear from you. Again, the number is 651-592-5146.

Stone Soup Statement

"To do our part in minimizing the spread of the Covid-19 virus and to protect our dedicated customers , staff and volunteers we will be closing Stone Soup effective immediately through the end of March. We will continue to accept donations on Saturdays from 10am-3pm. In order to protect employees and ensure the products are safe, all donations will be quarantined and sorted following the CDC's guidelines. If you are in need of service and you think we can help do not hesitate to reach out via Facebook, email or give us a call. We are still here to serve the community we just have to change up how we can do that safely! On behalf of Stone Soup we thank you for your patience during these trying times and we look forward to seeing you all again in the near future."

MN DFL Adapts to Outbreak

At an emergency meeting, the Minnesota DFL Party Executive Committee made the decision to cancel all local conventions and proceed with the endorsement and resolutions process via an online balloting system. This decision was made to ensure all DFL Party events are in compliance with advice from public health officials to cease small group gatherings. No decision has yet been made regarding the Minnesota DFL state convention.

MN Judicial System Update

From the State Judicial System:

"The Minnesota Judicial Branch is discouraging the public from making any non-essential visits to court facilities during the outbreak of COVID-19. In an effort to reduce foot-traffic in courthouses, the State Court Administrator has taken the following temporary administrative actions, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, for the next 30 days.

·         The Judicial Branch will stop sending out late penalty notices and assessing the late penalties for all citations.

·         For offenses eligible for drivers' license suspension, the Judicial Branch will halt the automated process by which a person's license is suspended for failure to appear.

·         The Judicial Branch will stop referring past-due payment cases to the Department of Revenue for collections.

'We are committed to reducing the need for Minnesotans to visit their local courthouses, and are making these changes to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,' said State Court Administrator Jeff Shorba.

These temporary changes made to the automated financial collection processes will not adversely affect a defendant's case. Related financially-connected processing, such as drivers' license reinstatement and web-based and phone-based payments made through the Court Payment Center, will continue to be processed while these procedures are in effect.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued a statewide order establishing the state courts' continuing operations in consideration of the spread of COVID-19. The Minnesota Judicial Branch’s latest information regarding COVID-19 is posted at www.mncourts.gov/Emergency.

More Cancellations

More Cancellations:

?? Hastings Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast scheduled for Sunday, March 29th has been cancelled.

??Minnesota Board of Cosmetology has received clarification that hair salons, nail salons and other spa like businesses are included in the Governor’s Executive order and will be closed until 5:00 pm March 27, 2020.

?? Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Welch has canceled their Spring Salad Luncheon that was scheduled for April 18th.

County Libraries Close

From the Dakota County Library System:

"Dakota County Library has been working closely with the state and county to adjust our library services and procedures to protect the well-being of the public and our staff as new information becomes available. After much discussion, we have come to the difficult decision to close all Dakota County Library locations starting Wed, March 18 through Wed, April 1 or until further notice."

DAHC Suspends Office Operations

From Dakota County Social Services:

"Dear Community Partners and the Affordable Housing Coalition,

Dakota County will be closing all public service centers and in-person operations beginning today (Wednesday, March 18) through April 1, 2020. This means Dakota County Social Services will no longer allow walks-in and will also suspend all in-person services, except those deemed critical to preserving the health and safety of people we serve. Social Services staff will continue to serve clients via phone, skype and other remote options.

We know this will create complexities and we are committed to continuing to provide services to the Dakota County community. We also recognize that this new environment will create additional hardships. Social Services staff have begun to compile emerging issues and service needs and may be reaching out to you for input and ideas.

Our homelessness response system remains a top priority for the county. The Dakota County Housing Crisis Line remains open and will be accepting phone calls. We will continue to connect people to housing resources, shelter waitlists, emergency assistance, etc. and will continue to make sure that people can access services.

We have been checking in with all of our contracted vendors who are working very hard to continue to deliver critical services in creative ways and maintain services with staff and volunteer gaps.

We are working closely with Public Health staff to share best practices and help support providers during this challenging time with focused attention on supporting shelter and congregate settings.

We are working with area landlords to support their needs and explore ways to continue connecting people to stable housing opportunities.

Please know that we are committed to exploring creative ways to get people the services they need, especially now given these changing times. Thank you for your commitment to the people you serve and for your partnership. We are in this together and are privileged to be a part of this service community. "

Hastings Business Updates

KDWA Radio has been in touch with a number of local businesses to see how they are dealing with the Copronavirus situation, and how they are meeting their customers' needs. Here are a few of the interviews:

Hastings Family Service:

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Anytime Fitness:

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Great Clips:

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Carbone's Pizzeria:

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Coborn's:

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Cub Foods:

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Hastings Golf Course:

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Perkins:

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PCSO COVID-19 Statement

From the Pierce County Sheriff's Office:

"Pierce County has directed its staff and leadership to prioritize tasks within each department as well as to limit face to face contact to the extent that they can. Most public meetings have been cancelled or postponed in the next couple of weeks in an effort to contain community illness. The only meetings that may be held will be those for key decision making. We want to ensure our community members that we are remaining open and operational as we as a community continue to navigate the impacts that COVID-19 has pressed on us. We will continue to deliver services to those community members in need but we ask for your help in mitigating the liabilities that come with service delivery. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of any illness we ask that you refrain from visiting county facilities or staff unless that visit or contact is absolutely necessary for your health and welfare as well as our own. We are encouraging our staff as well as the public to utilize technology such as email, texting, phones, etc. to communicate needs and service delivery until we as a community can stabilize and again function in a regular fashion.

Beginning today (Wednesday, March 18), Pierce County will be having certain staff transition to remote work in the areas that we can with some still occupying county facilities to provide those services that are necessary and mandated. We are sensitive to the needs of those we serve but also those we employ; therefore, we apologize in advance for any service delays that you experience in the coming days/weeks of this Public Health Emergency.

Our Public Health Department continues to work diligently to keep informed of the current status of COVID-19 both locally and globally to keep staff, citizens, businesses, schools and officials advised of related impacts. Regular FAQs will be posted on the County's Website for you to refer. It is extremely important that citizens refer to the most accurate sources for updated information and are cautioned not to rely on social media information or updates."

Commissioners Call Special Meeting

A Special Board Of Commissioners Meeting will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM for the purpose of considering the continuation of the state of emergency.

NOTICE: Governor Walz declared a peacetime emergency (Emergency Executive Order 20-01), and the Dakota County Board of Commissioners Chair, Mike Slavik, declared a local state of emergency in Dakota County on March 17, 2020 in response to COVID-19. The Dakota County Manager has determined it is not practical or prudent to conduct an in-person County Board of Commissioners meeting due to the local state of emergency and social distancing guidelines. Accordingly, Commissioners will participate in this meeting via telephone and the Board meeting will be conducted under Minnesota Statutes section 13D.021 at the date and time stated above. Members of the public may view the meeting via live stream by clicking here.

If you have questions about this information, please call: Jeni Reynolds, Sr. Administrative Coordinator to the Board, 651-438-4417.

The Lastest From Prescott Schools

Here is the most recent info from Dr. Rick Spicuzza, Superintendent of the Prescott School district:

"I am sending this announcement at 2 pm today, March 17th, to inform you that the Prescott School District will officially close and effectively suspend all extracurricular activities at the end of the school day today. The YMCA SAC will remain open until 6 pm. and then close until further notice.

All licensed staff are required to report for work on Wednesday, March 18th.

All hourly employees will be notified by your immediate supervisor and/or HR Department on whether or not there is a need to report on March 18th.

Licensed staff will be able to access their school building on Thursday, March 19th (7:55 am through 3:00 pm), to complete preparing for Off-Campus Learning Days and finalize room preparations.

All hourly employees will continue to be paid for normal work hours at this time.

Starting Thursday, March 19th at midnight all district school sites will be closed to all personnel until further notice. No exceptions."

Cub Provides An Update

An update from Cub Foods:

Store Manager Nick Johnson states that Cub will close at 10pm, Wednesday the 18th.

The store will re-open at 6am, Thursday the 19th. Store hours will then be 6am-10pm until further notice.

Cub will also be enforcing rules that allow customers with compromised immune systems, and/or health care workers to come in and get their shopping down between 6am-7am, before opening to general public at 7am, beginning Thursday morning.

Hasrtings Family Service Statement

From Hastings Family Service:

"Effective March 16, 2020, Hastings Family Service will be modifying delivery of services to ensure that social distancing and safety protocol can be maintained. While Rivertown Treasures and the HFS building will be closed to the public, essential services will continue to be available.

TO RECEIVE SERVICES: If you would like to schedule food or financial assistance, please call 651-437-7134 for intake and pick up information. Current Meals on Wheels clients will be provided with information on necessary changes in service. Please call 651-404-1548 for questions regarding your delivery.

TO HELP: The best way for the community to help right now is through a financial donation. With the postponement of the Hastings Tastings event and the closure of Rivertown Treasures, we expect to face a significant shortfall at a time we are anticipating an increase in demand. Financial gifts allow HFS to increase purchases from Second Harvest Heartland and local distributors as we strive to meet the needs at this time.

It is still MN FoodShare month so all food and monetary donations will be proportionately matched through April 12th. Food donations can be made by calling 651-437-7134 to schedule a drop off at our drive thru. We are also in need of paper bags and will have a delivery receptacle for paper bags at our Donation Center doors.

HFS will have limited volunteer roles in our Meals on Wheels and Food Shelf operations. These opportunities will be posted on the HFS website as needs are identified. More information available at HastingsFamilyService.org."

Hasrtings Chamber Statement

From the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau:

"In regards to operations for the Hastings Chamber, all Chamber events have been postponed until April 6th. This includes this Wednesday's Lunch Mob at the Busted Nut which has been rescheduled for April 15th. This has been a tough decision, especially knowing our restaurants and retailers could use support. Please consider purchasing a gift card or ordering take out from your favorite local places over the next few months. Chamber staff will be rotating time in the office and working remotely. Please reach out via email prior to stopping by to ensure the office is open. We are working on implementing remote conferencing for future committee meetings and members will receive notifications with call in instructions prior to each meeting. We will continue to provide the most up to date information as it unfolds, including what's happening with small business financial relief and paid time off requirements. We're also working through ideas on how to keep members connected during this difficult time as sharing resources is critical to success. Coming together as a community is important now more than ever, please let us know how we can help. Also, If you have any information that would be helpful to fellow Chamber members send it our way."

GRRVLC Cancels Events

The following Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center events have been cancelled:

Mar 28: Unique Birds from Across the Globe

April 15: Raptors of the River Valley

Dakota County Information

Dakota County has declared an emergency in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and will close all public-facing county services beginning Wednesday, March 18. The closure will be in effect at least through Wednesday, April 1. The closure includes all library locations, service and license centers, park buildings, and in-person appointments such as for social services and public assistance. Front desk and walk-up services are suspended, and county staff will work with clients to reschedule in-person appointments. County staff are developing alternative ways to provide services and will update the public as new information becomes available. Facilities closed to the public include:

Administration Center in Hastings, Northern Service Center in West St. Paul, Western Service Center in Apple Valley.

County license centers.

All nine county library locations.

Park facilities including Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center, Dakota Lodge, Camp Spring Lake Retreat Center and Camp Sacagawea. Parks, trails and bathrooms remain open.

The CareerForce location at Northern Service Center.

The county board will meet by teleconference Friday, March 20 to ratify the emergency declaration. For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit www.dakotacounty.us, search covid-19.

Busted Nut Info

From the Busted Nut:

Effective March 17th at 5pm The Busted Nut will offer Take Out only until further notice as we try to navigate through this tough time.

Lunch Hours 11am-2pm, dinner Hours 4pm-8pm, full menu will be available online at TheBustedNut.com, Please call and place your order (651-438-6887) and have your credit card ready. Call upon arrival and your order will then be placed on a table in the entry way with your name on it for pick up. We are happy to offer to any school age children that are struggling to provide lunch a kids ham or turkey and cheese sandwich with chips for free during lunch hours Monday- Friday 11am-2pm for pick up as well.

Eyenique Vision

In accordance with Governor Walz Executive Order, we will be closing today March 17, until further notice. Stay safe, stay healthy, and God Bless America

CG Public Safety Suspends PR Appearances

Cottage Grove public safety teams are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While they work very hard to build public trust and community relationships, unfortunately, they will not be engaging in any public gatherings in the near future. For example, school visits, fire safety classes, etc. have been canceled or postponed until at least March 29th. their main concern is the safety of the community. They also need to ensure first responders are healthy so they can effectively and efficiently respond to calls for service.

Park Place Sports Bar Offers Free Tacos

The Park Place Sports Bar, 200 Broadway Ave., St. Paul Park, is offering a free walking taco to any child in need during this difficult time! Stop in Monday-Friday 11am-5pm while schools are closed to get your free taco. One taco per child.

Hastings Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

The Hastings Planning Commission meeting scheduled for March 23rd has been canceled. The Commission will next meet on April 13th.

Perkins Adjusts Dining Availability

At 4PM today Perkins will stop seating the dining room and will start taking to-go's, online, and delivery only. Perkins will continue to be open 6am to 10pm daily.

March 17 Hastings Heritage Preservation Meeting Canceled

Hastings City Planner Justin Fortney has announced that the Hastings Heritage Preservation Committee, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, has been canceled. No official reschedule date has been announced.

Rosemount City COVID Response

The City of Rosemount is following expert guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19. To comply with the guidance of state and federal authorities, the City will operate under an emergency schedule. As of Monday, March 16th, City services are limited to essential services. According to a City of Rosemount press release, City Hall, including the Police Department lobby, is closed to the public until further notice, recreation facilities, such as the Community Center, Ice Arena, and Steeple Center, are closed to the public until at least April 3, and Recreation activities and programs are discontinued until further notice. The release also states that the City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 17. For a full list of details visit www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/covid.

Lions Club Cancels Easter Breakfast

The Hastings Rivertown Lions have canceled their Bunny Breakast set for April 4. This is in compliance with CDC guidelines.

Cottage Grove Public Safety Statement

Our Public Safety lobby will be closed until March 29th. We are doing our part to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As always, in the event of emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately. The red phone in the public safety lobby will still connect you to dispatch if you're looking for immediate assistance at the Public Safety Department. If you have a non-emergency related question, public safety staff members will be answering calls made to 651-458-2850.

March Bookstube Canceled

The regularly scheduled "Bookstube at the Bierstube" event featuring author DAVID HOUSEWRIGHT this Thursday, March 19th has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Update from the Hastings YMCA

In light of the uncertainty created by the increased impact of coronavirus, closure of schools and the increased need to provide essential services for the most vulnerable in our community, we are pivoting our resources to best support the most pressing needs in our community. We are aligning with our community partners to serve parents who must work including health care workers, first responders and "essential" employees protecting our community. These families need safe and reliable places for their children and we will be there for them. As of the end of business on Sunday, March 15, our Y fitness, health and wellbeing centers, pools and camps will be closed. We plan to restore full operations on March 30 in concert with the current school schedule. It is probable that this date will move as we learn more on the fight against community spread of coronavirus. If you are checking on scheduled programs and events at your Y, please go to www.ymcamn.org/update-hub and this will provide a list of all postponements and cancellations.

American Legion Provides Breakfast

Starting on March 18th if your child is in need of warm breakfast the American Legion Post 47 in Hastings will be happy to help. they will offer a choice either pancakes with sausage or scrambled eggs with sausage. Just call (651)437-2046. They will be serving between 8-11 am.

HFS Modifies Services

Effective March 16, 2020, Hastings Family Service will be modifying delivery of services to ensure that social distancing and safety protocol can be maintained. While Rivertown Treasures and the HFS building will be closed to the public, essential services will continue to be available. At this time, HFS has implemented a drive-thru food shelf pickup service and online/phone financial assistance is available, and we are working with Allina to provide a revised Meals on Wheels delivery. The Business Center, Dakota County Financial Worker and Ally Homeless Street Outreach office hours will be unavailable during the closure. Just Friends transportation will be limited to dialysis patients only. All other services including the Donation Center and clothing and household vouchers through Rivertown Treasures will be suspended until further notice. Please do not drop items at the doors or in the alley; this is not helpful and just requires us to dispose of it at that point. If you would like to schedule food or financial assistance, please call 651-437-7134 for intake and pick up information. Current Meals on Wheels clients will be provided with information on necessary changes in service. Please call 651-404-1548 for questions regarding your delivery. The best way for the community to help right now is through a financial donation. With the postponement of the Hastings Tastings event and the closure of Rivertown Treasures, we expect to face a significant shortfall at a time we are anticipating an increase in demand. Financial gifts allow HFS to increase purchases from Second Harvest Heartland and local distributors as we strive to meet the needs at this time. It is still MN FoodShare month so all food and monetary donations will be proportionately matched through April 12th. Food donations can be made by calling 651-437-7134 to schedule a drop off at our drive thru. Please go to our website to see our most needed items or go to Cub or Coborn's and purchase a pre-packed grocery bag that will be delivered to HFS. Please call 651-437-7134 to schedule your food delivery. We are also in need of paper bags and will have a delivery receptacle for paper bags at our Donation Center doors. HFS will have limited volunteer roles in our Meals on Wheels and Food Shelf operations. Many of our dedicated volunteers are at higher risk due to their age and it is our top priority to keep them safe. So if you are healthy, please check out temporary volunteer opportunities on our website. Go to HastingsFamilyService.org for specific information and to stay up to date on the status of service delivery and most needed items. The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we appreciate your cooperation, patience and assistance.

SEAS Corona Update

From St. Elizabeth Anne Seaton Catholic Church: Effective immediately, all non-essential events, meetings, and activities at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church are cancelled through March 27. Adoration, Reconciliation, and Masses are still being held as scheduled.

Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Commission Meeting Canceled

The Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Commission meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th has been canceled.

Senior Living Facilities Restrict Visitation

In an effort to protect residents at Augustana and Oak Ridge Senior Living Facilities from COVID-19, staff ana management there have intitiated a "No Vistation" restriction.

Allina Alters Visito rPolicy Due To COVID-19

Allina Health continues to the monitor the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are actively supporting containment efforts and working to ensure the safety of our patients, our employees and the public. In order to do that, Allina Health has announced visitor restrictions to its facilities: Sick people are not allowed to visit patients; All patients are limited to two visitors per day. Compassionate exceptions may be granted by patient care manager; Children under 12 years old are not allowed to visit.

For patients who are COVID-19 Persons Under Investigation (PUI) or who have confirmed COVID-19 : Visitors are not allowed except by compassionate exception only; Loved ones are encouraged to use other ways to communicate with COVID-19 patients, which may include Skype, FaceTime, telephone, and other channels. At Allina Health clinics, children or other family members of patients are NOT considered to be visitors. These individuals can be at the clinic with the patient. We know these restrictions will be difficult for patients and their loved ones. We are taking these necessary steps to protect our patients, staff and the public.

County Committees Cancel Meetings

In an effort to limit unnecessary physical interactions, the March 17, 2020 Dakota County Physical Development Committee of the Whole, and the General Government and Policy Committee of the Whole meetings are cancelled. Items on the agenda will be forwarded to the March 24, 2020 regular Board meeting for Board consideration. If you have questions about this information, please call the Physical Development Administrative Coordinator, 952-891-7030.

Spiral Postpones Event

The Spiral Food Co-op is taking the advice of the CDC and the Governor and postponing the Eat Local, Drink Local Event, scheduled for Sunday, March 27. We are already working with our partners to find alternative dates to hold this event. Spiral Natural Foods thanks you so much for your support and they look forward to seeing everyone at a future date.

ISD 200 COVID-19 Update

From ISD 200, the Governor has closed all schools beginning on Wednesday, March 18th. Since The Hastings School District is not in session due to Spring Break, this closure will begin for Hastings Public Schools on Monday, March 23rd. The Kids Campus program scheduled for March 16 through 20 will operate as planned for those pre-registered, however, there will be slight revisions to specific programming events. Hastings Public Schools will be closed for students the week of March 23rd through the 27th. District leaders and school staff are working diligently to be prepared to provide distance learning beginning March 30th, should the need arise. The district is following the direction of the Governor, to offer opportunities for students who are children of emergency workers (including providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel), those who need meals and/or supervision during the day and after school beginning March 23rd. This is intended to allow parents to continue to participate in critical workforces throughout the state. ISD 200 will continue to work in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), who have been integral in planning. The safety and security of your children is the District's top priority and as a result, they will continue to evaluate and provide up-to-date communication related to childcare, extra-curricular activities and other school functions that are intended to operate March 16th through the 30th.

Foss And Swanson Alters Event Schedule

In light of the concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus,The Coming Home dinner and celebration on 21 March at the Hastings Public House/Golf has been canceled. However, the Open House at 3 PM, will still occur. The health and well-being of our service members, veterans, family, children, emergency personnel, teachers and the general public are paramount.

GRRVLC Cancels Event

The Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center has canceled "Unique Birds from Around the World" , which had been scheduled for Sat, March 28th.

Joy Lutheran In Prescott

After careful consideration and an abundance of caution, the church council has decided to cancel all church activities and Wednesday and Sunday worships for at least the next few weeks, pending the every changing situation. Pastor Steve will be recording sermons that you can watch on your own. For those on facebook Joy Lutheran will offer a facebook live worship experience at 6:30pm on Wednesdays and one time (9:30 am) on Sundays.

Prescott Schools COVID Update

The Prescott School District updated the community on Friday, and state in an email from Superintendent Dr. Rick Spicuzza that there have been no new positive cases of the COVID-19 in the community since March 9th. The District continues to follow recommendations from the health department whose ongoing message states, that at this time, no Prescott staff member or student is identified as infected with COVID-19. Public health is continuing to work with local clinics and labs to test residents who may become ill and have appropriate risk factors. Prescott School District will remain in close communication in the days ahead. Leading into spring break this week, there are current cancellations and more likely to follow. Currently, All Community Education programs are canceled until further notice, All winter sports and their events have been canceled, the Prescott High School and Middle School band and choir concerts for this week are also canceled. Activities Director, Matt Smith is currently developing a thorough overview of spring activities’ guidelines and procedures from the information he has attained through the WIAA. That information will be shared with athletes and families in a separate email.

Prescott Schools COVID Update

The Prescott School District updated the community on Friday, and state in an email from Superintendent Dr. Rick Spicuzza that there have been no new positive cases of the COVID-19 in the community since March 9th. The District continues to follow recommendations from the health department whose ongoing message states, that at this time, no Prescott staff member or student is identified as infected with COVID-19. Public health is continuing to work with local clinics and labs to test residents who may become ill and have appropriate risk factors. Prescott School District will remain in close communication in the days ahead. Leading into spring break this week, there are current cancellations and more likely to follow. Currently, All Community Education programs are canceled until further notice, All winter sports and their events have been canceled, the Prescott High School and Middle School band and choir concerts for this week are also canceled. Activities Director, Matt Smith is currently developing a thorough overview of spring activities’ guidelines and procedures from the information he has attained through the WIAA. That information will be shared with athletes and families in a separate email.

 

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