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STATE REP TONY JURGENS WEEKLY REPORT

State Representative TONY JURGENS continues to recap his week in the House, with topics of Healthcare and the issue of Re-Insurance, Hands Free Cell phone use while driving, a visit to the Regional Chamber of Dakota County reception and the progress of the HERO center.

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SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM WEEKLY REPORT

This week in the legislative session has SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM delving into the work of introducing bills and supporting others she feels are necessary to insure school safety, distracted driving laws and penalties and support of Minnesota Industrial Hemp products. Heard every week of the 2019 Legislative session only on KDWA.

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FREEDOM PARK UPDATE

For a full listing of all the great programming going on at Freedom Park in Prescott tune in for our interview with JESSICA BIERBRAUER , Executive Director of Friends of Freedom Park.

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ATTRACTING NEWS BUSINESS TO HASTINGS

This look into the building of the City Of Hastings is shared by JOHN HINZMAN, Director of Community Development who has some updates on the process of attracting new business, utilizing current resources and navigating the development of the Vermillion Street Corridor.

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LANDMARK TOURS TRAVEL CATALOG

The new Landmark Tours travel catalog is out and you can pick up yours at Hastings Community Education. Tune in for our interview with Community Ed Executive Director KARI GORR to hear about all the exciting destinations in the catalog this year.

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HASTINGS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Hastings Chamber Business of the Year winners DR. SCOTT and DR. MELISSA MILLNER of Millner Family Chiropractic. Hear how they dreamed about the concept of the Health Solutions Center and how it evolved.

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TIM COLLINS-WORKSHOPS,RENOVATION AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Hastings School District 200 Superintendent Tim Collins talks about the following subjects:

- schools out Friday and Monday, the teachers are in workshops about literacy and the importance of reading starting at birth

- Wold Architecture meeting about the Middle School and the big renovation coming

- meetings about the achievement gap and how to close that equity gap and applying for grants to help achieve those goals

- mental health and the different models available including ways to change the culture in a building or service

- social media threat last weekend          

Tim is then joined by Augie O'Brien and Zach Hodgson to talk sports

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HISTORY ON HYMNS

AMY DEAVER stopped in today to invite listeners to the 10:30 AM service at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings on Sunday, Jan 27th. Amy will lead the congregation in worship and give a history talk on hymns. Visit her Fridays at her bakery Salubrious Kneads, 223 E 15th Street.

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MEET OSL'S AMY HANSON

Meet AMY HANSON, Director of Children, Youth and Family at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Hastings. Hear how her life has come full circle with her new position.

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FREEDOM PARK UPDATE

For a full listing of all the great programming going on at Freedom Park in Prescott tune in for our interview with JESSICA BIERBRAUER , Executive Director of Friends of Freedom Park.

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SEARCHING MY SOUL-WHAT WE CAN TAKE INTO THE NEW YEAR

This month's "Searching My Soul" with host Fr. Cole Kracke recaps the Advent/Christmas season and what we can take with us into the new year.

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SEARCHING MY SOUL-BAPTISM

This month's "Searching My Soul" with host Fr. Cole Kracke discusses baptism.

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SAVANAH SLIPPING SOCIETY

Don't miss "Savanah Sipping Society" - Black Dirt Dinner Theater at the Onion Grille starting Saturday, Jan 27th. Tune in for our interview with director MOLLY McELROY and hear all the details!

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EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

KDWA congratulates Hastings Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year KARI JAEGGAR! Hear how her love of teaching from a young age set her on a path that led her to Hastings High School.

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MN REP TONY JURENS ON THE FIRST WEEK OF NEW SESSION

House Representative TONY JURGENS is my guest as we discuss the first week of the new session. From opening ceremonies, One Minnesota meetings, Minnesota Chamber Banquet,first bills into the hopper and comments on legalization of recreational use of marijuana. We will cover the top issues of each week through the end of the 2019 session.

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STATE SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM ON THE NEW SESSION

The 2019 Legislative Session is underway. SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM starts off with the first week of duties and opportunities to meet others from the state that will sit on committees with her. Topics include the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce dinner to a recap of town hall meetings where she connects with constituents. Contact the Senator- sen.karla.bigham@senate.mn

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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR ELLIE LUNDQUIST

Meet ELLIE LUNDQUIST, the Hastings Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year! Hear about her transition from working at Regina Hospital to now being one of their top go-to volunteers. Congrats Ellie!

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS RAFFLE AT ST JOHN'S IN VERMILLION

Catholic Schools Raffle Chairs at St John's School, SHAREE HANSON and LUKAS HANSON talk about how this mother and son team is working together to ensure a successful fundraiser. Tickets available before and after Masses at all churches in the Tri-Parish communities of Vermillion, Hampton and New Trier, from St John's school kids or by calling the school at (651) 437-2644.

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STARKSON FAMILY LIFE CELEBRATION CHAPEL

Hear all the construction updates and more on the newly branded STARKSON FAMILY LIFE CELEBRATION CHAPEL in our interview with owner/operator JESSIE STARKSON.

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TIM COLLINS EQUITY IN EDUCATION

Hastings School District 200 Superintendent Tim Collins talks about the following subjects:

- schools for equity in education

- will the vandals have to pay for the removing of the graffiti

- technology and the cost, like a simple piece of equipment like a PA system

- an accidental lock down today (Friday), what happen

- the mild winter means savings

Tim is then joined by Augie O'Brien and Zach Hodgson to talk sports

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ASK BEFORE YOU START YOUR NEXT PROJECT

From the City Of Hastings, building inspectors CRAIG SCHULTZ and JERRY BACKLUND have valuable info on permits, inspections, hiring a licensed contractor and how to take advantage of the resources available through their office. Connect with them before you start your next project.

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HAYDEN SCHUTT YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT

Hastings Graduate HAYDEN SCHUTT is back for a break from his Freshman year at college and stops by to preview the upcoming Youth In Government assembly that will take place at the Minnesota Capitol. Hear his thoughts on how everyone can be involved in shaping the communities we live in just by adding their voice!

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AUGUSTANA WAIT LIST REMINDER

Checking in with our friends at Augustana Healthcare Hastings as we welcome Housing Director TAMMY HASSE and Chaplain GORDON GATHRIGHT who have information on availability of housing on their community minded campus. Families should find out about their waitlist and plan a tour to find our more about this local facility.

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LEDUC IS A BUSY PLACE

The LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings has lots of fun things planned for the site in 2019! During our interview with Site Supervisor MARIAH RING we hear all the details!

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TIPS TO TRACK YOUR NEW YEAR GOALS

Did you apply the SMART method to your new year resolutions? In our interview with author and inspirational speaker JEWEL PICKERT you will hear tips to help keep you on track with your goals.

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GRIEF CHAT WITH CATHY CHESHIRE

In Part 1 of this month's Grief Chat, host MITCH CARMODY introduces us to author and speaker CATHY CHESHIRE.

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MITCH CARMODY NEUROBIOLOGY & GRIEF

In Part 2 of this month's Grief Chat, host MITCH CARMODY discusses the connection between neurobiology and grief.

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BOOKSTUBE AT THE BIERSTUBE

Don't miss the Bookstube at the Bierstube event Thursday, Jan 17th at 6:30 pm. This month features thriller author MINDY MEJIA and her new book "Leave No Trace". All are welcome. Come early for dinner on your own.

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HAVE THE TALK OF A LIFETIME

Author and inspirational speaker MARTY McNUNN stopped into KDWA to invite listeners to a seminar at Resurrection United Methodist Church in Hastings called "Have the Talk of a Lifetime". MELISSA STEVENS FREIERMUTH will lead this discussion on Saturday, January 12th from 9:30 - 11:00 am and the event is open to the public.

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A HEALTHIER NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

Is getting healthier a resolution you have set for yourself this year? Let JOHN McQUADE and CORTNEY CADWELL from Anytime Fitness help you be the best you can be in 2019.

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NEW LEGISLATIVE SESSION WITH STATE REP TONY JURGENS

Today State Representative TONY JURGENS reviews comments received from three city listening sessions held on January 5th and how he looks forward to the new Legislative Session which starts at noon. Hear what his believes are top priorities and how he will work to represent the people of 54B.

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UWH 2018 RECAP

Volunteer Coordinator at United Way of Hastings AMY SCHAFFER has a recap of the amazing work accomplished in 2018 as well as a look ahead to the new year. She also reminds organizations that the Allocation Request deadline for this year is Friday, February 8th. www.unitedwayofhastings.org

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YMCA SAYS THANK YOU

The Hastings YMCA gave out over $125,000 last year in assistance to local residents and wants to thank their donors for helping people of all ages enjoy the Y. Executive Director DERRICK JAEGAR and board members KELLI REITZEL and PAUL REICHWALD fill us in on how you can help ensure the future ongoing success of the Y.

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TIM COLLINS NEW CAFETERIA ITEMS

Hastings School District 200 Superintendent Tim Collins talks about the following subjects:

- Domino's pizza now being served every other week, why?

- The changing of Todd Field. Handicap accessibility will be included but what side?

- Graffiti sprayed on the walls of the High School for the first time

- recap of the December budget review

Tim is then joined by Augie O'Brien and Zach Hodgson to talk sports

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FORWARD THINKING

We learn from NICOLE DePALMA about a forward-thinking new approach to creating a life of fulfillment. Is 2019 going to be the year you are living your "best self." Listen for her tips!

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COOL THINGS AT CNC

Now is the perfect time to get out into nature at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center. There are a lot of cool things you can do there this winter from JESSIE ECKROAD and MAYME JOHNSON.

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TONIC SOL FA CONCERT

Looking for the perfect way to relax as a family after the Holidays? In our interview with CASEY JOHNSON of Cardinal Events and JARED DOVE of the acapella group TONIC SOL FA you will learn about their January 10th concert. Tickets available at the Prescott schools, Ptacek's, online at tonicsolfa2019.brownpapertickets.com or at the door!

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FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY

Why not start the new year off right by taking charge of your finances through the Dave Ramsey course "Financial Peace University"!In our interview with facilitators KRISTINA and JOHN VIKTORA-CROKE you will hear more about this 9 week course starting Sunday, January 6th at 5:30 pm at Resurrection United Methodist Church in Hastings.

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COLD OR FLU?

How do you know if it's a cold or the flu? How effective is the flu vaccine this year? What over-the-counter medications can help if you get sick? What is a recommended coug; suppressant? Tune in for our interview with Coborn's Pharmacy Manager TROY ANDERSON to hear his reply to all these questions.

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WARD 1 COUNCIL PERSON TINA FOLCH LOOKS AHEAD

Looking forward to a new year, Ward 1 City Council person TINA FOLCH shares her views on the current water situation, the new budget, getting things done in the city and also her concerns with some campaigning practices that took place during the last election.

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CHAMBER AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau President KRISTY BARSE shares details of her exciting day awarding the annual community awards to Business, Educator and Volunteer of the year!

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TERRY JOHNSON BUSING

Hastings Bus Company Terminal Manager TERRY JOHNSON is all smiles now that school has started and the bus routes are up and running. Tune in for our interview to hear some behind the scenes stories of how this process all comes together.

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BEHIND THE SCENES ON WCCO'S MORNING SHOW

Hastings native KATIE STEINER gives listeners a behind the scenes view of her new position as a member of WCCO TV's Morning Show.

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JANE LIGHTBOURN TALKS ABOUT KINDNESS

She came into KDWA today to spread joy? Tune in for our wonderful chat with JANE LIGHTBOURN and hear how the lessons she learned as a young girl about kindness have suited her well in her career and her retirement.

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SMEADS SHARON AVENT INDUCTED INTO MN BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

Congratulations to Smead Manufacturing CEO SHARON AVENT on being recently inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.

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HELP IN LOSING WEIGHT AND QUIT SMOKING

If you're thinking of trying to get healthier in 2019? You don't want to miss this interview with Hastings Coborn's Pharmacy Manager TROY ANDERSON as he discusses ways to lose weight, quit smoking and seek healthier habits.

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SHERIFF TIM LESLIE HAS PLANS

KDWA congratulates Dakota County SHERIFF TIM LESLIE on his recent reelection bid and we hear more about his plans for the county in this upcoming interview.

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SENATOR BIGHAM ON THE UPCOMING MN LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 2019 Legislative session starts on January 8th. Senator KARLA BIGHAM has a preview of committees she will serve on and priorities that she will bring to the Capitol. We'll also hear from her regularly during the session that lasts until late May.

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MAYOR ELECT MARY FASBENDER SPEAKS WITH KDWA

Congratulations to Hastings Mayor-Elect MARY FASBENDER! KDWA's Mo has the interview.

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ASK BEFORE YOU START YOUR NEXT PROJECT

From the City Of Hastings, building inspectors CRAIG SCHULTZ and JERRY BACKLUND have valuable info on permits, inspections, hiring a licensed contractor and how to take advantage of the resources available through their office. Connect with them before you start your next project.

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HELP IN LOSING WEIGHT AND QUIT SMOKING

If you're thinking of trying to get healthier in 2019? You don't want to miss this interview with Hastings Coborn's Pharmacy Manager TROY ANDERSON as he discusses ways to lose weight, quit smoking and seek healthier habits.

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SMEADS SHARON AVENT INDUCTED INTO MN BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

Congratulations to Smead Manufacturing CEO SHARON AVENT on being recently inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.

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HELP IN LOSING WEIGHT AND QUIT SMOKING

If you're thinking of trying to get healthier in 2019? You don't want to miss this interview with Hastings Coborn's Pharmacy Manager TROY ANDERSON as he discusses ways to lose weight, quit smoking and seek healthier habits.

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SHOW CHOIRS PREVIEW SHOW

LUKE WARREN/SHOW CHOIR SHOW - Fresh off the beautiful and moving High School Holiday Concert, LUKE WARREN, Director of Riverside Company took time to come into KDWA and tell listeners about the next hottest ticket in town - The Hastings High School Show Choirs Preview Show at the high school auditorium on Tuesday, January 1 at 7:00 pm. Tickets still available at the door.

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MELANIE MESKO LEE AND HER NEW POSITION

MELANIE MESKO LEE- KDWA had a chance to chat with Hastings City Administrator MELANIE MESKO LEE and reminisce about her nearly 20 years with the city. We wish her well in her new endeavor as Burnsville's City Administrator. Tune in for our interview next Wednesday.

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NEW LOCATION FOR THE PLEASANT HILL LIBRARY

MARY SCHEIDE/Pleasant Hill Library - Have you been to the interim Pleasant Hill Library located in the Westview Center yet? Stop in and enjoy the same services you are used to enjoying and see pictures of the Pleasant Hill location's renovation process. The newly renovated Pleasant Hill space will open in the summer of 2019.

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TIM COLLINS SHOW-TECHNOLOGY

Hastings School District 200 Superintendent Tim Collins talks about the following subjects:

- Educator of the year Kari Jaeger

- holiday concert last week and the talent in our community

- Peter Blissenbach a board member and Tim down at Hastings Family Service passing out hot dogs

- solar gardens, types of, liberalities and cost savings

- we are about four months away from digging up Todd Field

Tim is then joined by Augie O'Brien and Zach Hodgson to talk sports

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WARD 1 COUNCIL PERSON TINA FOLCH LOOKS AHEAD

Looking forward to a new year, Ward 1 City Council person TINA FOLCH shares her views on the current water situation, the new budget, getting things done in the city and also her concerns with some campaigning practices that took place during the last election.

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SENATOR BIGHAM ON THE UPCOMING MN LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 2019 Legislative session starts on January 8th. Senator KARLA BIGHAM has a preview of committees she will serve on and priorities that she will bring to the Capitol. We'll also hear from her regularly during the session that lasts until late May.

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THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM

Learn more about the Star of Bethlehem from professor TERRY FLOWER.

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