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    LOOP Bus Adds SSP Link

    The fleet of LOOP busses has increased by one in another Dakota County community. Residents gathering at Central Square on Wednesday morning welcomed another transportion option in the city of South St. Paul and thanks to several sponsors, the Wednesday circulator bus will transport Senior Citizens to grocery stores, social services, city hall, the farmers market,the library and to pick up prescriptions at a local pharmacy. The bus is similar to the Tuesday edition in Hastings, but an additional piece-the coordination with nearby West St. Paul transportation- allows transfering to their bus, providing a link across Highway 52 to busy Robert Street businesses and medical offices. A large contingent of city officials and supporters hopped on the new conveyance that will operate for the cost of just 2 dollars per ride from 10 until 4.

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    Questions Continue On Water

    After Tuesday's announcement on water quality in Cottage Grove, more information is being released from representatives of those connected with the issue. A general statement was released late on Tuesday by Dr. Carol Ley, 3M's vice president and corporate medical director, which cites their belief that the advisory levels announced by MDH are overly conservative and that PFOS and PFOA exposure does not present health risks at levels typically found in the environment or in human blood. A settlement in 2007 with the State EPA and 3M involved a clean up of a dumping ground on 3M property and the installation of various drinking water protections for those in the east metro area. According to records, the cost to 3M for this remediation has been $13 million as of 2016. Nearly 7 years ago, in 2010, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit accusing 3M, also known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, of damaging natural resources, however that case is not expected to be heard until next year. "We err on the side of caution to protect the most vulnerable as best we can," said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, a Minnesota health commissioner. Current Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey has addressed the issue by taking one of the city wells offline until a carbon filtering system can be installed. Public Works personnel will also monitor the water usage now that an emergency water ban has been enacted. Residents affected by issue have been directed to attend one of two meetings that will feature more dissemination of information by the Minnesota Department of Health, city officials and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Those are scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oak-Land Junior High School cafeteria in Lake Elmo and on Wednesday,June 7th from, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Cottage Grove City Hall.

    YMCA Honors Local Youth

    The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities recently presented Youth Thrive awards to 38 teen leaders across the metro area who have made an impact on their communities while demonstrating a commitment to the Ys core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Criteria that determined those chosen for the award included those who strengthen the Twin Cities as volunteers, peer leaders and Y team members. The Youth Thrive honoree from the Hastings YMCA was Hayden Schutt, a leader in the YMCA Youth in Government program. In 2018 he will serve as Youth Governor at the Youth in Government assembly held in January. Hayden is a person who peers and adults will turn to for guidance and leadership. He has shown that his passion for his work helps him engage those around him and impact the broader YMCA community.

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    Prescott Memorial Day Events

    The Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. Plans for Memorial Day in Prescott are set and several opportunities for community remembrance will take place on Monday beginning with an honor guard from American Legion Post 61 of Prescott and the VFW Post 9060 of Pierce County traveling to perform 21 gun salutes at several locations including a 9AM salute at Legion Hall, the Prescott Nursing Home at 9:15 am, St. Marys Church in Big River at 9:30, St. Johns UCC in Oak Grove at 9:45, Mercord Mill Park at 10 am then a special ceremony between the bridges at 10:15. The Memorial Day parade begins at 10:30 traveling through town to the Veterans Triangle at St. Josephs Cemetery concluding with a service at 11:15. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Memorial Day Chicken Feed at Freedom Park with eat-in and take out meals available, starting at 11 AM.

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    Washington County Water Questions

    Wide reaching news developing Tuesday from the City of Cottage Grove. In response to a health-based advisory issued by the Minnesota Department of Health earlier in the day, members of the Cottage Grove council led by acting Mayor David Thiede, met for an emergency meeting to discuss what actions will be taken following the report involving the accepted levels of PFCs measured in groundwater within communities in Washington County. Area Cities listed in the advisory included Cottage Grove, Oakdale, Woodbury and St. Paul Park . According to a proclamation by the Mayor and City council of Cottage Grove, a local emergency was declared to alter well-pumping cycles in order to meet the daily needs of households and businesses. The proclamation continues that the sudden and unforseen situation was not anticipated and that all city departments will coordinate with resources available at county, state and federal levels. Representatives Keith Franke, R-St. Paul Park, and Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, also issued a joint statement regarding the health-based advisory values for groundwater in the East Metro which impacts 120 private wells primarily in Lake Elmo and Cottage Grove not served by city water resources. Representative Jurgens also made this statement.

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    KDWA also contacted 4th District County Commissioner Karla Bingham, who served during the excavation of a former waste disposal area of PFC contaminents in 2009-2011. Commissioner Bingham noted that in March of 2007 then Governor Tim Pawlenty, signed into law bills authored by then Senator Katie Sieben,supporting health tracking and biomonitoring of chemical levels for persons whose water supply was likely impacted by the contamination that had been traced back as far as the 1940's from manufacturing byproducts of the 3M plant. Bingham stated the earlier work was in preparation for a future need.

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    Commissioner Bingham also suggested those affected stay connected to developing information.

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    In our next newscast, Senator Dan Schoen provides his perspective on what this will cost the affected communities and how that financial burden should be paid.

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    Get Summer At Y

    In an effort to provide a safe, friend and fun filled summer for area youth, The YMCAs new Get Summer program responds to parents worries and young peoples needs in a unique, innovative way and on an unprecedented scale.This summer the Hastings YMCA will offer 150 free memberships to youth entering grades 9-12. This program will provide local, flexible opportunities for high schoolers in the safe and fun environment of the YMCA. According to decades worth of studies, young people thrive on a mix of structured and unstructured time, and Get Summer provides that mix: The memberships will include, Free, full-access membership to the newly expanded Hastings YMCA, which includes a gym, a pool, a fitness center, fitness classes and multi-purpose spaces Full access to all 25 Twin Cities YMCA locations A safe space for teens to spend time and make new friends. Social and physical activity opportunities Opportunities to connect with caring adults   Leadership development and service learning opportunities and even a pathway to part-time jobs at the Y. The enrollment period runs June 1st - June 12th. Participants must register in person at the YMCA and complete an orientation. Orientations will run the weeks of June 12 and June 19th M-F 1:00-3:00. No pro-rating of family memberships will be offered for youth members associated with those memberships. Get Summer promotion is only offered to youth entering grades 9-12 in the 2017-2018 school year who have not had a membership within the past 60 months and is limited to the first 150 youth to sign up. For more information, visit www.ymcamn.org/getsummer.

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    Water Advisory Issued East Metro

    Today the Minnesota Department of Health issued updated health-based advisory values for two industrial chemicals present in groundwater in the East Metro area and in Bemidji. The updated values incorporate the latest scientific knowledge on exposure and health effects of the two chemicals, known as PFOA and PFOS. State of Minnesota health officials have identified about 120 private wells in the East Metro area, mainly parts of Lake Elmo and Cottage Grove not served by city water, with water that exceeds updated values for the contaminants. In addition, Cottage Grove, Oakdale, Woodbury, and St. Paul Park have a number of supply wells for their public drinking water systems affected by the updated values. All affected community public drinking water systems will be able to put in place interim measures that will provide drinking water at or below the new MDH health-based guidance. Drinking water with PFOA or PFOS, even at levels above the updated values, does not represent an immediate health risk. MDH scientists have updated the values to better protect developing infants and very young children. The values are designed to reduce long-term health risks across the population and are based on multiple safety factors to protect the most vulnerable citizens, which make them over-protective for most residents. State Representative Tony Jurgens assured constituents his office is available.

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    According to the MDH press release Cottage Grove may issue an administrative State of Emergency in order to manage interim measures, such as watering bans. The MDH states this is not a health emergency and the drinking water system will be able to meet the updated guidance.

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    Minnesota Session Extra Innings

    Before the final gavel came on the 2017 Minnesota Legislative session, Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka addressed the Senate, confirming that a special session would take place beginning at 12:01. Across the hall in the House, Speaker Kurt Daudt performed the official task of calling the members back into session.

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    The move was a formality, however, as the clerk then called for a recess until Tuesday Morning. Speaker Daudt then called for agreement on the recess

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    Members of the House and Senate will return Tuesday morning to complete remaining details in what are reported to be general agreements to the remaining 5 major bills including language for healthcare, k12 education, transportation and possibly a bonding bill. Goverenor Dayton has sent a 7Am deadling Wednesday morning to complete the special session District 54B House Representative Tony Jurgens provided comments just after the final gavel.

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    Representative Jurgens will speak with KDWA for a special wrap up conversation on his first term on community In Depth heard here on Wednesday.

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    High School Greenhouse Full

    The Hastings High School Horticultural Department has had a successful year of plant-growing operations, and they would like for KDWA listeners to share in their bounty. Hasting High Horticulturist John DeWall.

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    Car Rollover On Vermillion Monday

    News provided by A KDWA community contributor on Monday Morning, May 22nd of a car that was flipped onto its top due to unknown circumstances. The incident took place just before 11am at the 18th Street intersection with Hwy 61-Vermillion Street. According to witnesses at the scene, the driver and passenger were already out of the vehicle. No word yet from responders as to any injuries, the cause or if other vehicles were involved. KDWA will have more on this accident when available.

       

    Community Sings Warrens Praises

    After months of planning, practicing and community secret keeping , the celebration that honored Lin Warren, was held on Sunday afternoon at the Hastings High School Auditorium. The program welcomed collegues, contemporaries and many former students. Master of Ceremonies, Ben Utecht, a Hastings Graduate and choir member from 1999, shared stories, anecdotes and Warren-isms that combined good natured revolations with heart-felt accolades. Utecht expressed his belief that, to many, Warren was their hero, someone who always found a way to encourage, to include and to empower each student and then to expect more than they knew they could achieve. Video contributions from St. Olaf director Anton Armstrong and a montage of more than 20 years of Show Choir, gave the audience an abbreviated overview of the impact Warren has made in his 33 years at Hastings. The Warren Family shared in the graditude with many of the speakers including Principal Mike Johnson and Rosemount Choral Director Steven Albaugh, thanking them for the sacrifices made when the teacher and director was required to fulfill school obligations. Board President of the Hastings Show Choir program, Jerry Baum, made the announcement that a new honor will take effect next year, as the Lin and Kathy Warren Show Choir Scholarship will be presented to a senior who plans to pursue a career in music performance or technology. A proclamation was also read by Alumni and now Hastings City Councilmember Lori Braucks, that this Wednesday, May 24th, will be Warren Wednesday in Hastings, acknowledging the practice on social media of students posting favorite candid photos of their director. The finale was the surprise portion of the event, with over 200 former and current choir members filling the risers after many hours of clandestine practices, led by Luke Warren, who prepared the alumni choir in two favorites, Blessings and Baba Yetu, in which Lin was presented with the baton to lead the hardworking ensemble. At the conclusion of those pieces, there was more, as the younger Warren led the choir in a specially commissioned and carefully kept secret, debut of a piece written by composer Ralph M. Johnson, who used a text telling listeners not to worry, they are in a place where everything is music thanks in part to Lin Warren.

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    Parks Prepare For Busy Summer

    Paige Marschall-Bigler was a guest on Community InDepth recently and shared all the planning that went into crafting the schedule of events and activities that will take place this summer throughout Hastings. The Hastings Parks and Recreation department has more than 100 events in store including attending the Grand Opening of the Mississippi River Trail at Spring Lake Park that takes place on Saturday.

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    A complete list of the events can be found on the city webpage and a copy is also available here at KDWA., 514 Vermillion Street.

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    Congressman Lewis Comments on Probe

    Congressman Jason Lewis, representing the Minnesota 2nd District, issued a statement regarding the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the Russia Investigation. In it he said, I want the truth to come out, and to go where the facts lead. If the Department of Justice thought a special counsel was appropriate, then I support that decision--as I have supported the bipartisan investigations in the House and Senate, as well as the work of the FBI. Just as important, these investigations should not drag on and on by letting politics get in the way. If the appointment of a special prosecutor gets politics out of it, Im certainly in favor of that. I look forward to getting this issue behind us with a thorough and complete investigation. Lewis is in his first term in Washington.

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    Vista Croix Gaining Ground

    According to an interview done this week with the Prescott Journal, Robert Campbell, a spokesperson for the Vista Croix Development said that plans have only slowed, somewhat, and not stopped in the nearly 3 year process that would create a new cornerpiece to the city in the near future. According to the information, Campbell and Developer Bruce Lenzen cite some restructuring of the finished product was necessary to align to the current market for condos in the area. Campbell asserted the project will have some news soon on a slightly delayed timeline, projecting they still plan to break ground this summer on the multimillion-dollar project combining residential, entertainment, dining and retail facets into the riverside development at the site of the former Steamboat Inn.

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    Fire Crews Answer Tuesday Calls

    A very busy Tuesday evening for members of the Hastings Fire and Emergency teams. Following an appearance by several at the Police Open House, a fire call at 7:30 involved an appartment address on Westview Drive where Hastings Police were evacuating occupants, with smoke visible on the 1st floor. Crews entered and extinguished a fire in the laundry room. Fire and smoke damage was contained to the laundry room, with Chief Mike Schutt reporting that the origin of the fire was a washing machine mechanical failure. Damage was estimated at 2,500 dollars. A second fire was called in just an hour later,involving a second floor apartment at 112 East 2nd Street. According to the Chief Fire gutted the kitchen causing smoke damage throughout the apartment. The occupant of that apartment was cooking and left the kitchen for a time. When he returned, he found a fire in the pan on the stove . He did try to put out the flames then called 911 and left the building. The person was taken to the Emergency Room for treatment. Smoke damage in the apartmen is widespread, and electricity was disconnected. Others in the building were displaced for the night with the Red Cross called to assist other tenants. Water and smoke damage estimated to be $20,000.

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    Protect And Serve Community Gathers

    The 3rd annual Police Open House took place on Tuesday, despite the ever threatening skies and brief rain showers. Many community organizations such as the Minnesota Amber Alert, United Way of Hastings, the YMCA, Hastings Family Service and others, avoided the sprinkles in the garage of the Police Department but many hardy families turned out to check out the SWAT vehicle, sit in the AirBoat or enjoy a picnic lunch compliments of the volunteers, officers and city staff on hand. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom was called on to speak prior to the Officer Awards, but shared his other reason for attending with KDWA.

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    He and Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie agreed that a highlight was the reactions of the children in attendance.

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    Stamp Out Hunger Deemed Success

    In preparation for the expanded needs of the Hastings Family Service Food Pantry this summer, the annual Stamp out Hunger food drive took place with the help of the community and area postal workers. Mary Kochek, of Hastings Family Service provides a recap of the successful project.

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    Donations for the food pantry are always in need. If you missed Saturday's drive, you can drop off your food or cash donation at the 2nd street location during regular business hours.

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    MIss Hastings Program Returns

    The Miss Minnesota Scholarship Program, is pleased to announce the return of the Miss Hastings Scholarship Pageant on Friday, July 20, 2018. There has been a 34-year hiatus since the crowning of Miss Hastings and organizers are calling on the experience of 1984 board president Janelle Almquist Behny and board vice-president Wendy Latuff to merge their unique perspectives to create the ideal way to re-introduce the pagent to the Hastings Community. The Miss America Pageant will celebrate their 100th anniversary in four years, and the goal is to prepare a local contestant to represent the city. A Bridge Builders Partnership will begin this week with a fundraising drive to partner with local sponsors through financial and in-kind donations to establish a 501c3 designation for the program and secure it for generations. Contact the organizers with the Miss Hastings program by email at misshastingsmn@gmail.com or call 651-270-8984 for more information.

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    Early Receives Top Award

    An industry award for Prescott was announced at the Wisconsin Rural Water Association annual conference held in LaCrosse. The gathering is attended by water and wastewater system managers and operators who represent cities throughout Wisconsin and receive training, industry updates and share best practices to better serve the communities they work for. The 2017 District Operator of the Year award was presented to Tom Early, from the City of Prescott Municipal Water Utility. City Administrator Jayne Brand described Early as one very deserving of the award.

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    According to WRWA Executive Director Dave Lawrence, the award acknowledges the rising standards required by such operators to satisfy local, state and federal guidelines.

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    Hastings Officers Recognized

    On May 16th, Hastings Police Chief Bryan D. Schafer announced the 2016 Police Department Award Recipients. These officers were recognized publicly at this years Police Week Open House. Schafer said It is an honor and pleasure to present these awards to the women and men of the Hastings Police Department who strive for excellence by promoting the Citys CORE Values through Pride in Service in their daily work and achievements. The Hastings Police Department is committed to respectful, efficient, and effective service to all who live, work, and visit our beautiful and historic City. The awards included a Letter of Recognition for Sgt. Kyle Linscheid , Two Life Saving Awards for Officer Ryan Kline and also for Officer Whitney Rinowski, Sgt. James Galland , Officer Lilly Murr and Officer Geoffrey Latsch. A Medal of Commendation was presented to Officer Ryan Kline, Officer David Bauer, Officer Ryan Kline and Officer Geoffrey Latsch . The Medal of Merit was presented to Sgt. Kyle Linscheid and the Preservation of Life Award was presented to Sgt. Wayne Hicks and Officer Chris Weid. The Chiefs Award of Excellence was won by Investigator Matt Hedrick and Investigator Chris Nelson .

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    District 200 Examines Budget Puzzle

    In an expanded version of the Tim Collins Show, the District 200 Superintendent explained how the budget is structured with operating costs and all the other expenses involved to keep the district functioning. Rising costs and big ticket repairs are affected by decreasing enrollment equating in less dollars available to pay for it all.

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    The topic of student retention in the district was also discussed, with the Superintendent of District 200 noting a surprising percentage of students who start Kindergarten in the district, completing their high school education in a different district.

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    Knowing the number of students is parmount to producing accurate projections for budget needs as the board is in the process of determining how much bonding will be necessary from local taxpayers to bridge the gap between what is supplied by the state and what is needed to educate district students. Collins also revealed that the numbers from the state can vary by as much as 7 percent, requiring even more educated guesswork to keep their budget balanced.

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    Crowning Mass Celebrated

    The parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church invites the public to join the students of St. John the Baptist School as they continue to celebrate the annual tradition of a special May Crowning Mass to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. A public event will be held twice during the month, the first will take place on Thursday, May 18th and also on Tuesday, May 22nd at 3 pm at the school located in Vermillion, 5 miles southwest of Hastings. The Mass begins with a procession of children and first communicants and conclude with a crown being placed on the statue of St. Mary. All are welcome.

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    National Honor Society Raises 21K

    A sea of blue tshirts were undoubtedly witnessed by passers by on Saturday morning when the annual Hastings High school National Honor Society completed their Walk-A-Thon to benefit Gillette Specialty Health Care. A total of 163 NHS junior and senior members were involved in the hike that began and ended at the High School accompanied by several canine supporters as well. The top fundraisers this year were all Junior Girls: Sarah McGrath with 1250 dollars pledged,Emily Mathison with 820 dollars pledged and Mikayla Karnick with 445 dollars pledged. Senior Officers Mikki Becker, Jacob Brown, Emily Johnson, Gabby Novak and Alana Ritt were recognized for their leadership this year.The students raised a total of $21,603 thanks to the efforts of 90 sponsors and hundreds of other donors who supported the event again this year.

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    District Navigates Budgeting Process

    In an expanded version of the Tim Collins Show, the District 200 Superintendent explained how the budget is structured with operating costs and all the other expenses involved to keep the district functioning. Rising costs and big ticket repairs are affected by decreasing enrollment equating in less dollars available to pay for it all.

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    Hastings City Council Agenda

    The Hastings City Council has its regular bimonthly meeting this Monday, May 15th. Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks provides a preview of the agenda.

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    Springtime Roadwork Arrives

    Construction Supervisor for Dakota County Del Goddard shared more details on the upcoming road retooling that will start this week just south of Hastings.

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    He also provided information on the effects on nearby roadways.

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    Once again, the project is dependent upon weather conditions, but is anticipated to last about 2 weeks.

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    Top Teacher Award for Warren

    A Friday morning surprise for Hastings Vocal Teacher Lin Warren. The FOX 9 television crew made a visit during the end of the week Select Chorale rehearsal at Hastings High School. Surrounded by students, staff and wife Kathy, Warren was presented with the Top Teacher Award, garnering him thunderous applause, a small crystal apple and a check for 900 dollars. His name was submitted to the program for consideration earlier this year. Warren will retire from District 200 at the end of this school year following 33 years of teaching vocal music. Lin and Kathy's son Luke has accepted the position left by the retirement and will begin his duties by overseeing the audition process for showchoir that takes place May 24th.

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    Historic Homes Honored

    At the Hastings City Council meeting tonight, 5 properties will be recognized following a selection process that took place in April by the Historic Preservation Committee. For the past 17 years, the group has recognized properties that typify the tradition found in each of these honored specimens. The home or property representatives have been invited to attend the presentation that recognize their contribution to preserving original architecture aspects of the structure. Among the winners are : Robert and Marcia Flanders, 801 2nd Street West; Greg Pierce and Marianne Hart, 714 Tyler Street; Thomas William, Lon Anderson and Corey Yoder, 711 4th Street West;James and Margaret Caturia, 616 3rd Street West and St. Luke's Episcopal Church 615 Vermillion Street. Each property was selected for excellence in adhering to historic standards deemed significant to Hastings architechture.

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    Prescott Views Park Progress

    The Prescott Parks and Public Spaces Committee recently toured city parks in town as part of a regularly scheduled meeting on May 8th. A visit to the Riverwalk noted that there were several items of maintenance that needed attention, including installing new rip rap near a storm drain and repairing the railing in two spots along the red wall. The committee also visited City Park and commented on its good shape, due in large part to support from the Lions Club. The Lions Club intends to add a drinking fountain and a picnic table with support from the City. Issues at City Park include repairing or replacing the tennis court fence and whether or not the volleyball net needs to be replaced. At the Jaques Boat Launch the committee noted that the new concrete pads are doing well, but floats at the end of the dock need replacing and the asphalt near the dock is deteriorating. The committee will provide a recommendation to the City Council on either repairing or replacing the asphalt.

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    Arson Awareness Week

    As Arson Awareness Week wraps up, the Office of the State Fire Marshal conducted a live broadcast on Facebook with Chief Fire Investigator Jim Iammatteo. The Chief Inspector described how a fire is determined to be arson.

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    Iammatteo also explained how arson investigators are able to determine if accelerants were used to start fires.

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    The State Fire Marshal Arson Hotline can be reached by calling 1-800-723-2020 or go online to submit tips at www.mniaai.org.

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    Prescott School Year Nears Close

    The Prescott School District is nearing the end on another school year. Some important dates to remember during the last weeks include the school board meeting held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17th in the High School Media Center, there will be no school on Friday, May 19th due to professional development for teachers that day, then on Monday, May 22nd, the Spring Choir Concert will begin at 7 PM featuring the choirs in grades 6-12. On Saturday, May 27th, Prescott High School Graduation will take place at 7:30 pm. Moving into June on the 7th, the 5th Grade Graduation ceremony will be held at 1:30 pm, and the next afternoon, Thursday June 8th at 1:15pm, Kindergarten Graduation commences. The last full day of school for the year will take place on the 8th and just 4 days later, Summer School begins.

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    Building Boom For Cottage Grove

    As the building trend continues in Cottage Grove, Mayor Myron Bailey attended yet another groundbreaking ceremony this week for a new business that has chosen his city in which to expand. Primrose School is a private childhood care franchise with subsidiaries in Woodbury, Brooklyn Park, St. Paul and other Metro locations. The choice of this southern site, at 70th and Hinton, brings infant thru pre-Kindergarten age care to the suburb which has seen an explosion in business growth over the past 4 years. Mayor Bailey credits that, in part, to an attractive business climate, close proximity to the Interstate and infrastructure that can serve a variety of commercial, residential and industrial standards. The city recently underwent an inventory survey called BRE, for Business Retention Expansion, compiling feedback from 40 existing Cottage Grove businesses to determine how the community supports those who have invested in the area. On Monday, the Mayor attended the groundbreaking of Central Fire Station Number 2, which will provide an updated, state of the art and centrally located station slated to be completed by Spring of 2018. Thirteen full time and eight part time firefighter paramedics are currently employed by the city as well as 36 firefighter EMTs that serve the growing community. Bailey expects the improvements to the public safety department will present the city in a favorable light to continue the progress made so far.

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    Dakota County Jail Log

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, Hastings Police arrested 32-year-old Northfield resident Jerry Montanez Figueroa on May 9th on two charges of assault, with one of them by strangulation. Figueroa was booked just before 11AM, and charges are still under investigation. Dakota deputies detained 22-year-old Hastings resident Zachary Alan Heselton on May 9th on felony charges of 3rd degree and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct. Heselton was jailed just before 5PM and the charges are still being processed. Rosemount police put 27-year-old Jason Paul Lussier, of Bemidji under arrest on May 9th on a charge of financial transaction card fraud. Lussier is being held without bail while the charges are investigated. And 32-year-old Cheng Ka Vang was arrested by Hastings Police on May 10th. The charges against Vang include felony abuse, misdemeanor assault and giving police false identification. The charges against Vang are still under investigation.

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    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, 20-year-old Hastings resident Alexander Daniel Judge was arrested by Rosemount Police on May 8th for felony 5th degree possession of marijuana. Judge was booked and released and the charge is still being processed. Eagan Police arrested 23-year-old Cottage Grove resident Jesse Leng Tou Lo for felony theft over 2500 dollars. Lo was also booked and released on May 8th pending further investigation. Hastings Police detained William Frank Michaelsen, 38, of St. Paul on charges of assault, disorderly conduct and driving with a revoked license. Michaelsen was booked in on May 8th and is being held for a probation violation in another county.

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    Rosemount Fiedler Charged

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom has filed a felony theft by control charge against 38-year-old Rosemount resident Jill Lynn Fiedler. The charges come as a result of an investigation into the disappearance of 8,727 dollars from a fund set up for a senior graduation party of students from Eastview High School, in Apple Valley. In a press release issued by Backstrom, the parent group planning the party discovered unusual transactions from the fund in February. According to the parent group, Fiedler, the groups treasurer, was the only person with access to the account. When questioned by police, Fiedler admitted to making the transactions, claiming some of them being cash advances to acquire party prizes. As of April, the advances had not been repaid and Fiedler was charged by summons. Fiedlers first appearance is scheduled for August 7th, in Hastings.(Photo source: district196.org)

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    Prescott Parks Readied for Summer

    A tour of public spaces and parks took place this week to make sure those areas are ready for Prescott visitors. Hank Zwart, Public Works Director and Galen Seipel made the rounds of thirteen areas that are maintained by the City and noted where maintenance or repairs were needed in each. Zwart noted the acres and acres of city property that have been invaded by dandilions, although there is no budget to address them by spraying. At the city skate park, no apparent repair was necessary and the committee notes that volunteers added several new ramps and the paving is still in serviceable shape due to blacktopping done in 2015. Sunset Park is sunset yellow with an infestation of dandilions. Minor replacements of some small recreational items will be made and some seasonal trimming will allow more sun on the thin grass in areas. Painting of Picnic tables will be done in at least one park and the addition of a pair of tables will be made to the Park by Jauques Landing. A couple of dead trees will be removed from the McGee Walking Path and at least 2 trees will be added to Shane Park Circle. All in all, the observers note that aside from the pervasive dandilions, most areas are nearly ready to welcome summer residents and guests who enjoy Prescott parks and amenities during their visits.

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    Prescott Debates Weed Ordinances

    The May 8th meeting of the Prescott City Council took up the issue of so-called noxious weeds. Citizens expressed concerns about warnings and citations received specifically regarding dandelions and Japanese Ground Ivy, commonly known as Creeping Charlie. With the acknowledgement of Mayor Dave Hovel, Barry Waters, an ecological restorationist from the University of Minnesota provided the Council with an expert opinion on the issue.

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    The City Ordinance was moved to the Ordinance Committee for further review.

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    Library To Text Notices

    The Dakota County Library System has added a new text message notification service. Customers can now sign up to receive notices for item holds, overdue items, item renewals, accrued fines, announcements and closures. Library notifications are currently sent out by phone or email, but due to popular demand the Library has implemented the text message service to immediately notify customers of news regarding their account. Services are provided by Shoutbomb, which offers notices that can be customized and are also available in Spanish.    To use the service, customers need a text message capable phone, text messaging services with their phone carrier, and a library card. Once service is connected, customers will receive text messages on the status of their account between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The Library doesnt charge a fee for this service, but regular text messaging rates still apply.   For more information on how to sign up for text message service, please visit www.dakotacounty.us/library or call 651-450-2900 .

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    Pleasant Charged With Attempted Murder

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced Tuesday that Terrell James Pleasant, age 40 of Burnsville, has been charged with Attempted Murder in the First Degree (with premeditation), Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (with intent to kill), Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and Domestic Assault in connection with injuries suffered by a 42 year old woman with whom he had been residing. The criminal complaint alleges that Pleasant stabbed the victim multiple times with a scissor in her side and neck. The victims daughter called 911 when she arrived home on May 6, of 2017 and found her mother covered in blood. The victim told her daughter that Pleasant had threatened to kill her and was trying to do so. Burnsville police located Pleasant nearly 6 hours after the incident At approximately 2:00 a.m. on May 7, 2017, officers located the suspect just 2 miles from his home. Backstrom stated that Pleasant was previously convicted of attempted murder in Scott County in 2005 arising out of a domestic-related incident. Backstrom notes that the victim is recovering from her life-threatening wounds. Pleasant made his first appearance on these charges Tuesday and bail in the amount of $500,000 with conditions was set by Dakota County District Court.

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    Lewis Backs Family Flex Bill

    Congressman Jason Lewis, who represents the 2nd district, issued a statement this week supporting the Working Families Flexibility Act, H.R. 1180, which passed the House last week. The Working Families Flexibility Act amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector empoloyees to paid time off in lieu of overtime. The bill takes the time and a half standard for overtime and applies it to paid comp time. Employees could then opt to take either 3 hours pay or 3 paid hours off work for each 2 hours of overtime work. Lewis stated that Moms and Dads around the 2nd District work hard to provide for their families. This bill lets private sector employees take paid comp time instead of overtime to take their kids to the doctor, watch them at Little League or help out their relatives, giving working parents a more flexible week and more time with thier kids.

    According to Lewis, the bill ensures strong worker protections- making the decision entirely voluntary, allowing workers to withdraw and take cash whenever they choose, and including enforcement if the employer fails to pay cash or allow use of accrued comp time in exchange for overtime worked. The bill now moves to the Senate for their considertion. Opponents cite hardships faced by small business who depend on consistent work schedules and predictable pay structures to produce products or services with a standardized workforce. Critics also fear the transfer of power over accrued time would shift to the employer who could withhold payment until the business could absorb the cost. Although the bill passed the House, no Democrats voted for it and support in the Senate is unknown.

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    Small Cell Tower Debate

    Strong concerns regarding efforts by the wireless industry to preempt local control for small cell deployment is gaining fresh traction after a successful earlier removal of the provision in the House Jobs bill. Several recent meetings, at the request of legislators, have been convened to try to resolve differences among cities, municipal utilities, wireless providers and cable providers regarding the proposed legislation. As proposed, these bills would prevent cities from negotiating rates, permit timelines, and maintenance relating to small cell installation, and would allow for small cell wireless equipment to be placed on city-owned infrastructure within public rights of way. Most recently, wireless industry representatives have insisted on a lease rate cap of 150 dollars per year per small cell wireless site within a public right-of-way. This low rate would mean cities would not be able to recoup initial installation costs, and would also result in a default subsidy by cities of the wireless industry. A lease rate cap would also make it impossible to recover future or unanticipated costs. Although municipalities have already offered compromises on the provision, there is concerned that this bill will be included in an omnibus bill without agreement on other areas of concern to cities.

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    Senator Disagrees With Transit Proposal

    According to Minnesota State Senator Dan Schoen a bill initiated by House Republicans could severely impact transportation options now available to his district. Schoen, who represents District 54 in the Minnesota Senate points to House File 861 which, says Schoen, eliminates Transit Link, a major source of subsidized transportation used by senior citizens, disabled persons and business commuters. Schoen cites language in that bill decreases the service by 40% for his district with funding for Transit Link ended for riders in Hastings and Nininger Township in Dakota County and Afton and Denmark Township in Washington County. Express bus service is also on the block with that option under similar cuts leading, Schoen suggests, to a severely diminished service allowing workers to reach area jobs, medical appointments and other necessary travel. Reducing transportation for the elderly, disabled and business commuters takes us backwards when those in the suburbs need expansion not reduction to transportation options. Schoen and other legislators face a May 22nd deadline to reach agreement on many bills other than transportation. It is still possible that a bonding bill will even be passed, a leftover from last years stalemate at the Minnesota Capitol.

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    Mayor Honors Lakeside History

    A picture perfect Saturday was the backdrop for the carefully planned celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lakeside Cemetery on Nininger Road in Hastings. From the manicured lawn to the brightly colored pots of flowers, people gathered to celebrate the work of women who saw in this bluff, an idealic final resting place for the founders of this rivertown. The Cemetery association welcomed dignitaries from the city and from the church to honor the sacred venue. Mayor Paul Hicks praised the work of those who came before.

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    Cyclist Killed in Hwy 61 Crash

    An accident just before 1AM Saturday morning on Highway 61 just south of the intersection of Highway 10 has claimed the life of 43-year-old Eagan resident Joel Neal Hansmeier. The Harley Davidson that Hansmeier was driving collided head on with a Kia OLX driven by 22-year-old Rachel Marie Dickson, of Cottage Grove. According to the State Patrol, Hansmeier was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 61 when the impact occurred. Hansmeier was not wearing a helmet and died from his injuries. Except for a cut to her knee, Dickson was apparently not injured in the accident. The State Patrol report also indicates that alcohol was a factor for Hansmeier, but not Dickson. The northbound lanes of Highway 61 were closed until approximately 6AM to allow the State Patrol to investigate the accident.

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    Hastings Gathers for Prayer

    An estimated 200 people were in attendance at the National Day of Prayer Breakfast gathering at the Dakota Pines Golf Club in Hastings The ecumenical gathering focused on offering prayers for families, churches, educators, businesses, the media, military personnel, and government officials. Speakers at Thursdays event included Mayor Paul Hicks, Hastings High School Principal Mike Johnson and Hastings Family Services Executive Director Chris Koop. The National Day of Prayer has been observed on the first Thursday in May since 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. This years theme of For Your Great Names Sake, Hear Us, Forgive Us, Heal Us is founded on the 19th verse of Chapter 9 of the Book of Daniel, which reads, in part, O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God.

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    Chief Updates Cycle Crash

    A press release received by KDWA Radio from Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer sent notification that police and EMS responded to a motorcycle crash at Pine Street and Co Rd 47 on May 4th at approximately 2:30 PM. An eastbound car turned in front of a westbound motorcycle. The motorcyclist suffered head injuries and was taken to Regions. He was not wearing a helmet. The MN State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Unit assisted which is standard protocol for accidents of this nature. Co Rd. 47 was shut down from 31st W to Oak St for about 4 hours. It does not appear that alcohol, drugs, or speed were a factor in the incident, however the accident remains under investigation.

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    Fatal Crash Closes Hastings Bridge

    A fatal accident near the intersection of Highway 61 and Hwy 10 in Denmark Township caused the closure of the north bound lanes of the Hastings Bridge from 2 am until just after 6 am on Saturday morning. Hastings emergency crews and the Minnesota State Patrol were on the scene of the accident involving the driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle who was traveling south in the northbound lane and collided with a Kia OXL which was traveling north in the left lane No names have been released yet of those involved. Traffic was diverted to Hwy 55 and 52 for routes north.

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    Area Libraries Plan Silver Tea Events

    Dakota County Librarys Silver Teas program is back for its 12th year. Nine different Library locations are presenting a variety of free musical programs. On Tue, May 16, from 11am to12:30 pm at the Rambling River Center the Looney Lutherans will help you discover the fun and looney secret of living a long and healthy life from these talented ladies through an entertaining combination of music, comedy and help from the audience. Theres no need to be Lutheran to love these ladies. Refreshments will be provided. The Rambling River Center is located at 431 3rd St. Farmington. Or, put a little oompah in your life with local German polka band the Jolly Huntsmen and enjoy light refreshments. The Jolly Huntsmen perform on Wed, May 17, 1-3 pm at the Hastings Pleasant Hill Library.

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    Dakota County Librarys Silver Teas program is back for its 12th year. Nine different Library locations are presenting a variety of free musical programs. Indulge in music from Ireland, Eastern Europe and Germany. From traditional Celtic, Yiddish and German music to the quintessential great American songbook, pop songs from the late 1800s to early 1960s, and new original songs, youll enjoy tappin your toes to the music. Programs marked with an asterisk are sponsored by Minnesotas Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

    Paula Lammers Jazz Combo- Reminisce to a variety of songs from the Great American Songbook with words written byJohnny Mercer, the quintessential American lyricist who wrote the words to Moon River, Blues inthe Night, Skylark, Charade and more, and enjoy light refreshments. Performance begins at 11 a.m.Wed, May 3, 10:30 am-noon Galaxie Library.

    Eisners Klezmorims Khupe Enjoy the Eastern European Yiddish music of the wedding canopy or Khupe. Get a glimpse of an Ashkenazi wedding through art, photography, poetry, and klezmer music performed by Eisners Klezmorim.Mon, May 8, 10:30-11:30 am Robert Trail Library.

    A Celtic Breeze with Laura MacKenzieHear traditional Celtic music on a fascinating variety of wind powered instruments, including wooden flutes, tin whistles, concertina, an array of bagpipes (smallpipes, border pipes, medieval greatpipes, French cornemuse), gemshorn, and voice. Learn how air is transformed into music.Wed, May 10, 2-3 pm Wescott Library.

    Becky Schlegel- Go on a musical journey through Becky Schlegels original songs that explore new places, introduce new people, and draw on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk and her own thoughtful spirit.Thu, May 11, 10:15-11:30 am and 12:15-1:30 pm at Heritage Library.

    Brian and Sheralyn Barnes-Hear Brian and Sheralyn Barnes present pop masterpieces from the late 1800s to the early 1960s using the Spanish guitar, Italian mandolin, African banjo and Hawaii ukulele, and enjoy stories about both the music and the people behind the songs.Fri, May 12, 1-2 pm at the Burnhaven Library.

    Cerulean Fire invites you to experience the chilling and fun musical theme centered around two human certainties - love and death - through the music of violinist Margaret Humphrey and award-winning composer and harpsichordist Asako Hirabayashi.Mon, May 15, 1-2 pm Wentworth Library.

    Lila Ammons=Hear vocalist Lila Ammons, whose artistry spans the history of jazz and is known to audiences in both Europe and the United States, perform songs from bebop, swing, Brazilian Bossa Nova and classic blues. Space is limited.Thu, May 18, 2-3 pm Inver Glen Library.

    For more information, please visit www.dakotacounty.us/library or call 651-450-2900.

    DNA Collection Challenged Again

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie received a legal challenge filed May 1st by ACLU-MN concerning the collection of DNA from suspects who have been arrested for and charged with certain crimes of violence under Minnesota law. Minnesota Statutes Section 299C.105 subds. 1(a)(1) and (3) was enacted in 2005 by the Minnesota Legislature and requires sheriffs operating jails and community corrections agencies operating juvenile detention facilities to collect biological specimens for purposes of DNA analysis from adults or juveniles who have appeared in court after having had a judicial probable cause determination on a charge of committing any of the following offenses: murder, manslaughter, assault, robbery, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, criminal sexual conduct, incest, burglary or indecent exposure. In 2006, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled this statute unconstitutional by virtue of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. After this ruling the collection of DNA samples from adults or juveniles charged with these specified crimes ceased throughout Minnesota.   In June of 2015, Backstrom challenged the Minnesota statute, based on a similar case in Maryland. Based on this decision, the Dakota County Sheriffs Office reinstituted collection of DNA samples This issue had previously found its way to the Minnesota Supreme Court which upheld the constitutionality of the Sheriffs practices. Backstrom and Leslie indicated their intent to vigorously defend this important law in court.

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    SEAS Hosts Regional Religion Bee

    Ten years ago, SEAS Catholic School Religion Teacher, Mrs. Kathy Gleich, wrote a Religion Bee for her school with the hope that someday it would turn into a regional experience for Catholic schools in the area. This year that dream was realized with over 11 students from 4 regional Catholic schools competing in the Inaugural Regional Religion Bee. On Thursday, April 27th, SEAS School held the Bee with four schools competed for this title: St. Ambrose, St. Joseph-Prescott, Transfiguration and SEAS. Representing SEAS were Mary Bromberek, the 2017 SEAS Religion Bee Winner, and runner-ups Ben Siebenaler and Joan Bromberek. According to the information provided by Jackie Nordman, the students began the night with a group prayer lead by SEAS 8th grade student, Ryan Sellars. The competition began with prayer by Father Dave Hennen. Mr. Tim Sullivan, SEAS Principal, was the orator. The judges were Mrs. Rita Humbert, Father TJ MacKenzie, and Christine Meshak. The students had both oral and written questions. There was a third place tie, which lead to individual oral questions. St. Ambrose 8th grader, Chloe Green was awarded First Place. Ben Siebenaler was awarded Second Place. and SEAS Mary Bromberek

    The winner was awarded a trophy and a $25 Target gift card. Her name will be placed on a wall plaque in the SEAS foyer. Ben Siebenaler was awarded a 2nd place medal and Mary Bromberek was awarded a 3rd place medal.

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    Minnesota Fishing Close to Home

    While heading north for the big fishing opener may be a Minnesota tradition, people living in the Twin Cities need not worry about missing out on quality angling if circumstances keep them at home. As far as major urban areas go, the Twin Cities metro region probably has no equal when it comes to combining big city amenities with top-notch fishing opportunities. That status is largely the result of the regions quantity and quality of water, encompassing a wide variety of angling opportunities. For starters, three of the states major rivers converge in the metro region: the Minnesota, Mississippi and the St. Croix. Flowing through the heart of the region, the Mississippis northern reaches are well-known as a top-notch bass fishery. Then theres Pool 2, the area between the dams at St. Paul and Hastings. A few decades ago, it was so polluted that bullheads could barely survive. Now its recognized as a world-class year-round catch-and-release fishery for walleye and sauger, thanks in large part to the federal Clean Water Act and state and local efforts to clean up the river. The St. Croix offers anglers the chance to hook Minnesotas largest and longest lived fish, the lake sturgeon: both a catch-and-release season and a fall season for harvesting one of these monsters with an appropriate tag , but be sure to consult the regulations for details. All three rivers provide excellent opportunities for catfish, with the record channel cat having been pulled from the Mississippi in Hennepin County, and the record flathead harvested from the St. Croix in Washington County. Numerous smaller rivers and streams also flow through the region, including the Rum, the Crow and the Vermillion, a designated trout stream with a reputation for harboring lunker brown trout. For more information on where to fish in the Twin Cities metro region, visit www.mndnr.gov.

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    Campfire Caution this Summer

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires as we approach Memorial Day weekend and into the summer. Spending time with family and friends around a campfire is a popular Minnesota tradition. You can take simple measures to make your campfire safe. DNR wildfire prevention supervisor Linda Gormanson recommends all campfires should be clear of any burnable material 5 feet in all directions around the fire and built within a designated fire ring 3 feet or less in diameter. Keep fires to 3 feet or less in height and always check if to see if the local municipality requires a permit. For people who dont have a campsite with a designated fire ring, select a safe place for the campfire. Choose a level area away from dry grass, shrubs or logs, and is free of overhanging branches. Then scoop out a depression in the center of the area and put a ring of rocks around it. An adult should attend the fire at all times. Even a light breeze can cause the fire to spread. Always have a shovel and water available at the campfire to extinguish it. Stir the embers repeatedly with water or dirt until every ember is out cold. Discover more by visiting Smokey Bears campfire safety website at www.smokeybear.com.

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    Wednesday In Depth Previews

    In Depth programming for Wednesday include Representative Tony Jurgens who shares his perspective of just what is left to accomplish before the end of the legislative session on May 22nd. then Dakota County First District Commissioner Mike Slavik gives us his reaction to the Emergency Preparedness Training that took Place at Camp Ripley this spring. and if it's Wednesday, we must be In the Garden with Char Schaar. This week she explains Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers for container planting and also encourages listeners to recycle Spring bulbs including Easter Lilies.That's Wednesday on Community In Depth.   

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    Cottage Grove HyVee Receives Green Award

    The new Hy-Vee Grocery store is nearly complete and recently received an award by the Cottage Grove City Council. The new development was presented the 2017 Sustainable City Award at the April 19 City Council meeting. The award stemmed from their work on the stormwater management system that was part of the Grove Plaza Redevelopment project. The plans called for conversion of the runoff created by the site to be funneled to an underground management system that will treat 90 percent of the runoff generated. The site will also install a wind turbine and electric car charging station, adding to the sustainability of the new property.

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    Summer Kick Off For Prescott

    The tenth annual kick-off the Summer Celebration will take place in Public Square Park across from the Prescott Middle School on Friday, June 2nd from 5-8 pm. Penny Peterson, director of Community Education has released some details for those wishing to be involved in the community event. Vendors and non-profit displays are sought to provide everything from games and food to activities and service information. Registration cost is waived for non-profit groups with a 20 dollar vendor fee charged per booth. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 10th and all paperwork and booth fee must be turned in by May 31st. Contact Penny with any questions at 715-262-4676.

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    Rosemount Mayor Praises Education Standard

    Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste put education in the spotlight during his recent State of the City address, noting that the century anniversary of the High School will be celebrated this fall. Mayor Droste took particular pride in the High Schools effort in music. He stated that nearly 30 percent of next years student body will be involved in some fashion in the schools music programs and the Rosemount Irish Marching Band will participate in this years Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, in November. The Mayor stated it would cost approximately 600 thousand dollars to send 300 children to the parade. Droste also recalled the Marching Bands participation in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade and the community involvement and pride generated during that effort. Later in his speech Mayor Droste spoke of the new elementary school opening this fall to help ease crowding in the existing schools, and capital improvements planned for next year to enhance transportation safety and building security. KDWA News will provide more summaries of Mayor Drostes State of the City Address in upcoming broadcasts. Photo by Rosemount Town Pages.

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    Mayor Preview Of Council Agenda

    The Hastings city council will meet Monday night, May 1st at 7 PM. Mayor Paul Hicks provides a preview of the official agenda.

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    Phone Scams In Area

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reminds job seekers to be aware of email and phone-based phishing scams throughout the state. In some instances the scammers claim to be affiliated with MinnesotaWorks.net or calling from a Minnesota WorkForce Center. These scams involve attempts to acquire personal information such as bank account, credit card, and Social Security numbers from job seekers either over the phone or with false checks. Neither DEED nor the Minnesota WorkForce Center ask for this information. In order to help protect you from identity theft, please be aware of warning signs that could indicate a scam. Legitimate employers will never ask for money as a condition of being offered an interview or new job. Do NOT respond to suspicious emails or provide personal information, including the name of your bank, credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers. Representatives from Minnesota WorkForce Centers do not offer employment on behalf of employers or ask for personal information as a condition of employment. If you believe you are the target of an employment scam or if you believe your personal information has been compromised contact local law enforcement immediately. You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission to submit a consumer complaint to report fraud, identity theft or unfair business practices. If you have questions, the MinnesotaWorks.net Help Desk is available at 651-259-7500 or 1-800-345-2537 for assistance.

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    City Council Consent Agenda Items

    Items included in the Hastings City Council consent agenda for May 1 include: A request by Hastings resident Peter Fasbender to renew a permit to operate a motorized golf cart on city streets has been included on the Consent Agenda of the May 1st Hastings City Council meeting. Mr. Fasbender has supplied all necessary supporting documents to satisfy regulatory requirements for the renewal.

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    A request to designate May 4th through the 7th, 2017, as a special event for the Two Rivers Vintage Crawl has been included on the Consent Agenda of the May 1st Hastings City Council meeting. The crawl, an event put on by Eye Candy Refind of Hastings, is part of an event conducted by the vintage Collective, 8 stores in the St Croix Valley. The Hastings event will be held in Olivers Grove Park.

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    A first reading and scheduling of a public hearing to amend the City ordinance to adjust utility fees has been included on the Consent Agenda of the May 1st Hastings City Council meeting. The Finance Committee of the City Council has met on several occasions since mid-2016, including a Council Workshop in February of 2017 to discuss the issue. According to paperwork submitted, the financial impact of the changes are estimated to be neutral but increase the stability of utility funds.

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    Congressman Lewis Bill Passes

    Information was received from the office of Second District Congressman Jason Lewis on Thursday afternoon that the House passed a bill in a 417 to 3 vote to undo an overreaching Department of Transportation rule enacted at the end of the last session that allowed Metropolitian Planning Organizations or MPO's to expand their boundaries to include areas just expected to be urbanized within the next 20 years. Lewis co-authored the bill to quote, reinstate common-sense planning authority for our communities. Unaccountable downtown bureaucrats, he continued, have no place making decisions for the 2nd district. He also noted the bill's strength supports local decision making taking priority in such matters. The bill is a companion to the Senate bill which will next go to President Trumps desk for his signature.

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    Tastings Big Hit At LeDuc

    Many know of the civil war reenactment weekend that has folks flocking to the LeDuc Historic Estate each September, but site manager Amy Deaver recapped another popular tradition, their Tasting events, which recently hosted an homage to the Classic Cocktail.

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    Deaver hopes for a similar turnout for another historic pairing that takes place in July.

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