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ANNUAL LIONS BUNNY BREAKFAST COMES HOPPING BACK

Mark your calendars for the annual Hastings Rivertown Lions Bunny Breakfast - Saturday, April 6th from 8:00 - 10:30 AM at Mother Seton Hall/SEAS Church in Hastings. We have all the details with JOLYNN FRANDRUP and JANE LIGHTBOURN.

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SMS WITH FR COLE THE THREE PILLARS OF LENT

In this episode SEARCHING MY SOUL with FR COLE, we learn about the three pillars of Lent.

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STEVE HETT OF AUGUSTANA SHARES HIS 20 YEARS OF MOTIVATION

Bringing patients back from injury, surgery or an illness is what STEVE HETT does at AUGUSTANA HEALTHCARE in Hastings. He has worked as an occupational therapist for more than 20 years and shares his motivation for helping people get back on track with commitment, hard work and a good dose of friendly conversation.

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TIM COLLINS WITH LOTS OF NEW INFORMATION IN SCHOOL DISTRICT 200

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

- Opening of bids, one of the Middle Schools bids with drew so they had to go with the second lowest which was higher,

- The Todd Field bid came in on target,

- The electronic sign at Highway 55 and Vermillion Street will be going away in 5 years that corner will be widened for trucks,

- The signage at Schaffer field was blown down due to the weather,

- In the fall of 2020 the school board is looking at the possibility of starting before Labor Day due to the construction at the Middle school,

- Getting staff ready for summer school,

- The MN legislator and snow days and the paying of employees and contractors during the snow days.      

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

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THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE

Summer is right around the corner....(we think anyway)....so why not take the "21 Day Transformation Challenge" at Anytime Fitness in Hastings? You don't have to be a member to participate. In our interview with JOHN McQUADE, KATE TORBORG and CORTNEY CADWELL to get all the details!

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WHAT TO DO WITH NUISANCE BIRDS OR ANIMALS

What do you do if nuisance animals or birds decide to infiltrate your yard? ERIKA JENSEN of the Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center gives us advice in this interview.

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FARMINGTON GREENHOUSE OPENS APRIL 1ST

Yes, it's hard to believe, but the Farmington Greenhouse is opening on April 1st. Hear from co-owner MICHELLE FRANZMEIER how this family business works year round to carry on the greenhouse tradition established in Farmington in 1955.

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RECAP OF THE BEREAVEMENT CRUISE

This month's GRIEF CHAT with host MITCH CARMODY, Mitch recaps his recent Bereavement Cruise with guests BARB CARMODY and DIANNE DAHLBERG.

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GRIEF IN THE WORKPLACE

GRIEF CHAT with host MITCH CARMODY, Mitch discusses grief in the workplace with guests RON KELLY, BARB CARMODY and DIANNE DAHLBERG.

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IT'S EXCITING AT THE LEDUC

Lots of exciting things going on at the LeDuc Historical Estate in Hastings! Hear all about it in our interview with Site Supervisor MARIAH RING.

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ITG SEED PACKETS AND MORE

This week CHAR SCHAAR takes a closer look at the valuable information found on seed packets and helps us interpret all the interesting facts. Then we look at some of the ways to enrich or ammend your soil once the snow has finally melted and it's time to get sowing.

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THIS WEEK WITH MN SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM

Our Session Update for this week with SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM includes comments on the disaster recovery funding for rural agricultural impact from this winter's snow damage and this spring's flooding; support of milk as a default choice for kids meals, funding for preventative mental health access and a recap of township board annual meetings.

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THIS WEEK WITH MN REPRESENTATIVE TONY JURGENS

Representative TONY JURGENS provides his weekly Session Update covering topics that include the Disaster Assistance account to provide timely funding when the Legislature is not in session; he weighs in on the proposed Gas Tax, offers his view on Re-insurance proposals and has information on a bill that could assist local Ice Arenas to upgrade their coolant with the demise of old Freon systems.

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NEW BOARD MEMBERS AT HASTINGS UNITED WAY

Executive Director of the United Way of Hastings, MARI MELLICK shares the microphone with new board of director members, incoming President CHARLIE BLACK and incoming Treasurer JERRY BAMBENEK who share their reason for stepping up to help this local non-profit.

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UWH ALLOCATION PROCESS

From the United Way of Hastings, a trio of spokespeople include Executive Director of the United Way of Hastings, MARI MELLICK and incoming Board of Director members President CHARLIE BLACK and Treasurer JERRY BAMBENEK. We hear about the allocation process, dedication to this community and a special recognition event that will honor those who continue to support good works.

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SEARCHING MY SOUL WITH FR COLE THE TRADITIONS OF LENT

This month's SEARCHING MY SOUL with FR COLE, we delve into some of the traditions of Lent.

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TIM COLLINS MARK ZUZEK

Mark Zuzek former Hastings Middle School Principal, now Supertindent of District 917 is filling in for Tim. Mark talks about the following subjects:

- explains what District 917 is and who is serves and why it exists

Mark is then joined by Augie O'Brien with the subject turning to sports, at least most of the time?

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CABIN FEVER PRESCRIPTION

Does your family have cabin fever? Check out the party options at the Hastings Area YMCA! BRIAN DAVIS has all the details.

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DIVERSITY UPDATE

The city-wide Diversity and Inclusion Initiative finished its last lab last week. Hear from KARI GORR, LEE STOFFEL and DERRICK JAEGAR how their organizations are working together to analyze and implement the information gathered.

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ANOTHER BOOKSTUBE EVENT

It's another "Bookstube at the Bierstube" event on Thursday, March 21st featuring author JOE HART. All are welcome 5:30 pm and the free presentation at 6:30 pm.

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THE WEATHER WITH THE NATIONL WEATHER SERVICE

We ask JAMES TAGGART of the National Weather Service to explain this wacky winter. Can Mr. Taggart explain it?

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YOUR INVITED

The Regina Foundation invites listeners to a very special presentation by DR. NICK VENOSDEL about anxiety and depression in teens and pre-teens on Monday, March 18th. Registration is requested.

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SARAH LOCKWOOD ON A VERY SPECIAL WEEKEND

Look who came to KDWA fresh off her wonderful accompaniment of the Hastings High School Choirs? SARAH LOCKWOOD fills listeners in on a very special weekend event featuring pianist Marika Bournaki on April 26/27 at the Hastings Arts Center!

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ITG SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO TRY THIS SEASON

This week's In the Garden looks at all the new ideas for something different to try this season. From flowers to veggies some of CHAR SCHAAR'S tips for having something to look forward to in this year's garden.

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THIS WEEK WITH MN SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM

Senator KARLA BIGHAM has plenty of updates this week including testimony on the Ag Preserve Bill, the approval of the MnLARS funding and a Bonding bill, in a Budgeting year! Other topics this time are Sports Betting and how the Governor decided to make an exception on mandated school days during this unusual winter.

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THIS WEEK WITH MN HOUSE REP TONY JURGENS

House Representative TONY JURGENS covers bonding for Metro Regional parks, funding possibilities for the Highway 316 gap, lighting options for a segment of Highway 316 and explains the reasons he had for a vote on the Equal Rights Amendment to the constitution. Tune in each Wednesday for our Session Update.

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HASTINGS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Hastings High School Biology teacher MR. JOE BEATTIE on his recent nomination for "Minnesota Teacher of the Year". Tune in for our interview to hear his favorite parts of teaching and when this award will be given out.

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HFS CONTINUES TO EVOLVE

In this interview with Hastings Family Service Executive Director CHRIS KOOP, hear how HFS continues to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP

Learn how you can volunteer or give to Hastings Family Service with Chris Koop

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TIM COLLINS E-LEARNING

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

- the bill in the MN house and senate giving the school districts the authority to override the mandated day due to the weather

- Hastings boys basketball team were honored with academic state champs

- delayed by a week some of the bids on the Middle School due to the current ecnomic conditions

- having to shovel the roof at McAlliuf school due to a over six foot drift

- rules changing again on school funding, possibilty of loosing the "Angel Fund"

Tim is then joined by Augie O'Brien and Zach Hodgson with the subject turning to sports.

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BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY

In honor of Bus Driver Appreciation Day, KDWA welcomed TERRY JOHNSON of the Hastings Bus Company in for an interview to tell us about the closing of schools process and what goes on behind the scenes. Tune in next week for this interview at 1460 AM, 97.7 FM or listen online at www.kdwa.com.

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COMISSIONER MIKE SLAVIK ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Dakota County Commissioner MIKE SLAVIK shares the Legislative Priorities of the county including Housing, Natural Resources Stewardship, Transportation and Environmental Protection.

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MINNESOTA FOOD SHARE MONTH

In this interview with Hastings Family Service Executive Director CHRIS KOOP we learn about the many ways to give during Minnesota Food Share Month.

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FATHERS MARTING AND LEONARD SIEBENALER REMINISCE

FATHER MARTIN SIEBENALER and FATHER LEONARD SIEBENALER reminisce about their childhood and vocation in this upcoming interview.

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HASTINGS COUNCIL MEMBER TINA FOLCH ON COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Hastings Council Member TINA FOLCH is my guest to expound on recent workshops and committee meetings. Topics include housing, public transit and defining priorities and long term goals that will advance the future of this city.

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SAFE HOUSING FOR HOMELESS MEN IN DAKOTA COUNTY

Dakota County Commissioner MIKE SLAVIK has more information on the efforts underway by the county to provide safe housing for homeless men following the closing of Cochran house last year. He speaks about long term plans, partnerships and what it will take to best serve this population.

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IN THE GARDEN - SHOW ONE, PLANNING

Our first IN THE GARDEN of the year has host CHAR SCHAAR pining over the possibilities She suggests planning, studying last year's notes and photos and considering a makeover to bring you garden some new interest and color this year. We also offer ways that you can experience some relief from the winter white by adding some green.

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THIS WEEK WITH MN REP. TONY JURGENS

This week Representative TONY JURGENS has a recap of a very busy week including hearings on Sunday Liquor Sales, Funding for Hastings City Hall repair, and the Battle Creek Recreation area. He made visits to local schools to support reading and met with Bus Drivers and staff who have suggestions on keeping kids safe. Tune in each week for our Session Update.

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THIS WEEK WITH KARLA BIGHAM-THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET

Our weekly Session Update with Senator KARLA BIGHAM focuses on the refining of the Governor's Budget with the forecast, the declining budget surplus announcement, possible revenue streams and how the public interacts with legislators when they come to the Capitol to be heard.

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OSL MINISTERING TO ALL AGES

How is Our Savior's Church in Hastings ministering to people of all ages? In this interview with AMY HANSON - Director of Children, Youth and Family and hear about the deliberate steps they have taken to engage their entire congregation on a more personal level.

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GOALIE OF THE YEAR SKYLAR VETTER

SKYLAR VETTER.....remember that name! Skylar was named 2018 "Goalie of the Year" by the Youth Hockey Hub and recently returned with a silver medal as a member of Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Cup played in Obihiro, Japan. This remarkable 15 year old has local ties. Skylar is pictured with her proud dad/chauffeur PAUL VETTER.

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ALL ARE INVITED TO WOW AT OUR SAVIOR'S

All are invited to Our Savior's WOW (worship on Wednesday) service beginning with a dinner at 5:00 pm and series based worship at 6:30 pm Wednesday nights. PASTOR LLOYD MENKE has all the details.

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HASTINGS COMMUNITY ED PROMISE FELLOWS

Might you be considered one of the 5 adults kids need to be an anchor in their life? Tune in for our interview with Hastings Community Education Director KARI GORR and members of the Minnesota Alliance for Youth Promise Fellows Program LANE UNDERDAHL and CHELSEE CHAPIN.

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TIM COLLINS E-LEARNING

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

- the continued discussion on e learning and the law

- Kirk Johnson memorial basketball game on Monday 03/04

- career day at the high school

Tim is then joined by Augie O'Brien and Zach Hodgson with the subject turning to sports.

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NEW DAKOTA COUNTY LIBRARIAN

Meet JULIA CARLIS, the new manager of the Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library. Hear an update on the library remodel and the programming still being offered on and off site.

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HASTINGS MARCHING BAND FUNDRAISER THIS FRIDAY

Don't miss this fundraiser for the Hastings Marching Band uniform fund this Friday, March 1st. In our interview with marching band director EMILY CHANDLER you will learn all the details.

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COMEDY STORYTELLING

The Sheldon Theater in Red Wing will host a comedy storytelling evening with JAMES JUDD and JEN KOBER this Saturday night. In our interview with Jen you will hear more about the show.

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTION CHECK

How are you doing with keeping your New Year's resolutions? Tune in for our interview with NICOLE DEPALMA to hear tips on staying on track!

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THIS WEEK WITH MN REPRESENTATIVE TONY JURGENS

REPRESENTATIVE TONY JURGENS talks with KDWA reporter Mike Ruud current legislative issues, including the Hastings City Hall and Highway 316. Contact Tony at 651-296-3135 or by email at rep.tony.jurgens@house.mn

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THIS WEEK WITH MN STATE SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM

This weekly Session Update with SENATOR KARLA BIGHAM looks at the recently released Governor's budget , a Capitol meeting with members of the Hastings Council and having a discussion on realistic expectations in the areas of transit, infrastructure and local government control and funding.

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CBD FOR YOUR PET

You have probably heard about the benefits of non-marijuana CBD for humans, but TOM BREGMANN and DARIN AHO have developed CBD products for the pet world - www.mysmarthempCBD.com. Tune in to hear how the properties in CBD can help your pet.

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HASTINGS PUBLIC MEETING

The City of Hastings will host a public meeting to find out what residents look for in transitions from sidewalks to trails to pedestrian paths that allow the best access as they make their way around our community. Communications Coordinator LEE STOFFEL is joined by City Engineer RYAN STEMPSKI to explain how ADA compliency will be accomplished by developing a city plan. The meeting takes place at 6 PM on Wednesday, February 27th at Hastings City Hall.

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SEARCHING MY SOUL, PREPARING FOR THE LENTEN SEASON

In the February edition of "Searching My Soul" with host FR. COLE KRACKE, he helps us prepare ourselves for the upcoming Lenten season.

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SEARCHING MY SOUL THE RECENT ABUSE SCANDALS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

In this edition of "Searching My Soul" with host FR. COLE KRACKE, he shares his dismay about the most recent abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.

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TIM COLLINS, DATES OF ADDITIONAL SNOW DAYS

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

- a conference on equity and diversity

- e-learning for the elementary schools an how it works during snow days

- Adam Welch recognized as conference coach of the year!

- Missed snow days. Tim met with the board, they are adding back Monday 04/22 & Friday May 10th

- thank you to the school custodians and grounds people that are shoveling snow

Tim is then joined by Augie O'Brien and Zach Hodgson with the subject turning to sports.

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THE SIEBENALAR FATHERS CELEBRATH THEIR 60TH

FATHER MARTIN SIEBENALER and FATHER LEONARD SIEBENALER will concelebrate the 8:00 AM Mass this Sunday, February 24th at their home parish of St. Mary's in New Trier in honor of the 60th anniversary of their priestly ordination. Tune in on Friday as they share memories with KDWA listeners.

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FREE OVATION MIXED CHORUS THIS SUNDAY AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 3:00 PM

KDWA welcomed LEE STOFFEL, PASTOR DAN YEAZEL and PAT DYMACHEK into the studio today and they invited listeners to a FREE concert by OVation Mixed Chorus on Sunday, February 24th at 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings. How do these three guests fit together?

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SWINGIN ON THE RIVER THIS SATURDAY

Don't miss the 20th annual "Swingin" On The River" event held at the Hastings High School auditorium this Saturday, February 23rd beginning at 8:00 am. The event is sponsored by the Hastings Show Choirs. Watch 20 show choirs from the upper Midwest compete! Tickets available at the door! Tune in for our interview with committee members KRISTEN GULLICKS and PAM IVERSON.

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FOOD 4 KIDS FROM HASTINGS UNITED WAY

Food for thought from United Way of Hastings Executive Director MARI MELLICK and Volunteer Coordinator AMY SHAFFER as we discuss the Food 4 Kids program that serves Hastings District #200 students every week. Hear how many students receive these meal bags and also how fun packing events could be the way YOUR group helps children in our community.

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FRIENDS OF VITALIGO

Did you know that 1% of the population has Vitaligo? Find out in our upcoming interview with ALICIA ROUFS, of the VitFriends organization, what it is and some of the common misnomers about this auto-immune disease.

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