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    Representative Reviews Veto Impact

    Representative Tony Jurgens provided his response to the Governor's veto actions released on Wednesday, beginning with his continued hope for the important local projects contained within the bonding bill.

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    Additional concerns for constituents include the veto decision on the tax comformity bill

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    Jurgens is encoraging the public to contact the Governor in support of acceptance of the bonding bill.

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    He also weighed in on the hope remaining for the bonding bill.

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    Representative Reviews Veto Impact

    Representative Tony Jurgens provided his response to the Governor's veto actions released on Wednesday, beginning with his continued hope for the important local projects contained within the bonding bill.

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    Additional concerns for constituents include the veto decision on the tax comformity bill

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    Jurgens is encoraging the public to contact the Governor in support of acceptance of the bonding bill.

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    He also weighed in on the hope remaining for the bonding bill.

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    Memorial Day Observances Pierce Co

    Memorial Day observances in the area include those in Pierce County where members of the American Legion Post 61 of Prescott and VFW Post 9060 of Pierce County will provide a 21 gun salute to several communities in the area beginning at 9Am at the Prescott Legion Post on Pearl Street, then at 9:15 at the Prescott Nursing home. They will then travel to St. Mary's cemetery in Big River for a 9:30 salute, on to St. John's UCC cemetery in Oak Grove at 9:45 then back to Mercord Mill Park at the river's edge in Prescott for a ceremony between the bridges at 10:15. The honor guard will then join the Memorial Day Parade which steps off at 10:30am from the Prescott Middle School. The parade concludes at the Veteran's Triangle at St. Joseph's And Pine Glen Cemeteries for the service beginning at 11:15. Following the service, the annual Memorial Day Chicken Feed at Freedom park will be sponsored by the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce.

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    Road Construction Brings Detours

    Road construction begins May 29th. About eight miles of pavement will be rehabilitated on County Road 46 (160th Street West) between just east of County Road 48 in Coates and Trunk Highway 61 in Hastings.Impacting travel on County Road 46 which will be closed from County Road 85 to just east of County Road 48 for Stage 1 of the construction project. The detour route will be north on County Road 85, west on Trunk Highway 55 to Trunk Highway 52. This stage of construction will last until June 2nd and will include removing the roadway pavement from east of Coates to County Road 85. The intersection of County Road 85 and County Road 46 is included in this phase. However, traffic will be allowed through the intersection to go south or east.Any questions or comments concerning this or any highway projects should be emailed to the Dakota County Transportation Department or phone 952-891-7900. To receive email updates for this project, email Stacy Reilly at stacy.reilly@co.dakota.mn.us. Please include "CP 46-47 Updates" in the subject line.

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    Dakota County Jail Bookings May 22

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for May 21st, Hastings Police conducted a traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of 33-year-old Hastings resident Marquell Maniel Ball on misdemeanor charges of failure to stop for a school bus stop arm and having more than one valid license in his possession. Ball was booked and released as the charges are processed. Raymond Norbert Bischoff was arrested by Hastings officers and charged with felony damage to property over $1,000. Bischoff was booked into the jail at 2:43, and has since been released, pending a first appearance in court.

    Elsewhere in Dakota County, Eagan Police arrested 24-year-old Hastings resident Maxwell Sean Miller on two felony counts of possession of marijuana and a felony weapons possession charge. The charges are still under investigation. And, Hastings officers arrested 36-year-old Jayson Brady Williams, of Hastings, on felony charges of obtaining drugs by false identification and possession of drugs. Williams made his first appearance in court for the charges on the 23rd.

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    Pawlenty Makes Second GovernorsBid

    A recent conversation with former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty defined his views on why he has chosen to run for the state's top office once again.

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    Besides Minnesota's middle class, Pawlenty will also focus his attention on social security recipients

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    Pawlenty hopes to be elected in November, and has chosen to bypass the Republican convention, opting to proceed directly to the August primary. He was also a guest host many times prior to his first term as Minnesota Governor. View a photo from his days behind a KDWA microphone on the KDWA facebook page.

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    Hastings Development Inventory Tour

    Members of the Hastings City Council were provided with a visual report of current economic development in and around Hastings on Tuesday evening, thanks to a motorcoach and information by Community Development Director John Hinzman, who narrated the tour. Besides council members, Senator Karla Bigham and Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik also attended the nearly 2 hour trip designed to provide a comprehensive review of the inventory available for development and also some purchased properties whose development is still pending for a variety of reasons. The focus that came from the 2040 Comprehensive plan as well as questions asked by the Vermillion Street Corridor committee, made the tour a relevant tool. Also included was information on sites on the periphery of the city limits that would need to be annexed in order to add those projects to those covered by the city.

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    Filing Opens For Hastings Government

    The 2018 election cycle in Hastings is up and in full swing with the opening of the acceptance of candidate filings for the seats of Mayor and At-Large Council member. The filing period opened on Tuesday, May 22nd, and runs through Tuesday, June 5th. There will be an informational meeting for Mayor and Council candidates on Monday, June 4th, at 6:00 PM at City Hall. Complete details on elections in Hastings and necessary candidate forms are available on the City website at hastingsmn.gov.

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    Meals Program This Summer

    The Summer MEALS schedule has been released and a giving group of donors will once again offer lunch served from noon until 1 pm at Our Saviour's Luthern Church 400 9th street West from June 11th through August 17th. The lunches will be served free of charge to kids, adults and seniors as a collaborative partnership of Loaves and Fishes, Hastings Family Service, Allina Health, The YMCA , Hastings Community Education, Americorps Promise Fellows, the Dakota County Library system and the Hastings Prescott Area Arts council. All food is prepared by loaves and fishes and they could use some volunteers to held serve the meal offered Monday through Friday. Contact Mary Kocak at Hastings Family service for more information. 651-437-7134.

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    Prescott School Board Recap

    The May 16th meeting of the Prescott School board had a lengthy agenda following the elections of their administrative positions. They agreed to continue regular board meetings each 3rd Wednesday of the month starting at 7:30 held in the high school media center. Preceding the meetings, an agenda, minutes and video of each meeting will be posted on the district website- www.prescott.k12.wi.us and in the local newspaper. Items of business discussed included a proposal by the YMCA to provide child care and after school programming. A decision will be made by the board after more information is collected. One highlight was the news that the 2018-2019 school year reflects the lowest number of requests to transfer of the district in many years with the gap between transfers in and out narrowing over the past 3 years.

    An item before the board resulted from a change made in Finance and Payroll systems asked the board to approve a one-time expenditure for the preservation of historic data with that conversion. It was noted that funds for the process will come from a combination of annual savings and the fund balance

    District Administration will develop a policy for background checks for volunteers and visitors for board consideration in the future. Family and Staff input will be included in the final policy with the goal being to have an updated policy in place for fall 2018. Progress on the required ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Plan was presented. The final plan will be presented for approval in June.

    At least two grants are currently in progress related to Mental Health programming and school safety and an updated school safety plan will be presented in August.The board will work over the summer on Strategic Planning and Policy Development . All meetings will be posted in accordance with WI Open Records Law. Several good news announcements were also made including one that certifies Prescott High School was ranked 68th of 510 Wisconsin High Schools in a survey published by US New and World Report. They also ranked 3rd for Western Wisconsin. The Prescott District was not named in a similar list in 2017.

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    Council Hears Purchaser Request

    During Monday night's Hastings City Council meeting, business on the agenda included the 2nd reading and subsequent approval for Spiral Brewery to place 3 tables outside of their building on the sidewalk, as they had provided the necessary plan for the area, allowed for ADA access space and agreed to place a rigid barrier between the tables and the street, as required by city ordinance. Also on the agenda was a request by a possible purchaser of the former Milage Gas Station at 223 11th Street West at the corner of Spring Street, which has been closed for more than 2 years. The potential purchaser inquired if the special use permit allowing automotive repair on the property was still in effect. Community Development Director John Hinzman informed the council that there was no sunset clause attached to the special use permit which was first applied in 1985. Hinzman said the operation of a gas station was not specified, but that the underground tanks have not been removed since Milage left the property. The council voted to continue the special use permit.

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    Dakota County Jail Bookings May 21

    Items recently recorded on the Dakota County Jail booking report include the arrest of 25-year-old Hastings resident Rosa Marie Martinez on May 18th on a felony charge of 5th degree possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. The charges are still being processed. On May 19th, Hastings Police detained 54-year-old Hastings resident Robert John Malloy after a traffic stop for DUI. Malloy faces three misdemeanor counts related to DUI and a misdemeanor charge of driving after having his license canceled. And, a traffic stop on May 20th resulted in the arrest of Alicia Jean Boldt, 41. Boldt faces 2 misdemeanor charges related to DUI, and the charges are still pending.

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    Prescott Police Log May 21

    The following items were reported in the Prescott Police Blotter during the week of May 13th through May 20th. Police were called to the 800 block of Riverwood Street in response to a report of a domestic disturbance. Investigating officers arrested 37-year-old Prescott resident Jeremy Robert Steffan on charges of disorderly conduct and felony communicating a threat. The charges are still being processed. On May 18th, officers were called to the 900 block of James Street to assist with a child locked in a vehicle. Officers on the scene were able to unlock the vehicle to get the child out. On May 19th officers responded to a report of a blown electrical transformer in the 1200 block of St. Croix Street. Investigating officers secured the area and notified Excel Energy about the transformer. And, a theft was reported from the Visitors Center on Monroe Street. According to the information a male subject came into the center and stole a ring. The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department.

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    EmergencyFundingTerms

    On Fridays Tim Collins Show, the question was raised about whether the Hastings School district would receive any of the emergency school safety funding proposed by Governor Mark Dayton.

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    You can hear the entire Tim Collins Show replayed on Monday, only on KDWA

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    GO Bonds Sale June 18

    A request to approve the sale date as June 18, 2018 for $3,460,000 of General Obligation Bonds was placed on the Consent Agenda for the May 21st meeting of the Hastings City Council. These bonds are for the financing of various street improvement projects within the City, as well as improvements along the Riverfront. These obligations will be sold by a competitive negotiated sale, and the rating of the bonds would take place during the week of June 4th. According to the bond proposal, the bonds would mature starting in 2020 at a return of $320,00 and the final bond would mature in 2029 at a return of $375,000. A request for additional bonds specifically for the Riverfront Renaissance project was also placed on the Consent Agenda, in the amount of $1,040,000.

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    District 200 Employees Banquet Highlights

    The annual District 200 Employee Recognition Banquet took place on Wednesday, May 16th at Hastings High School. Superintendent Tim Collins welcomed the school board, teachers and staff to the event which was broadcast live on Hastings Community Television. The hour-long program sought to recognize several highlights and accomplishments including special awards, employee milestones and some retirements. Collins began by introducing Julie Malm, president of Education Minnesota who announced the Teacher of the Year, Biology Teacher Joe Beatie and Friend of Education, local business owner Katy Lindberg.

    Kari Gorr, Director of Community Education then announced the selections of the Community Education Advisory Council for the recipients of two annual awards. The first, was the Bernie Mc Coy Community Service Award which was presented to Kari Jaeger, the chair of the Hastings Reads program. The Community Ed Lifelong Learning award, is presented each year to an instructor who gives of themselves to improve the community and this year the recipient was Susan Herr, a longtime program instructor who was praised for her compassion, energy , resourcefulness and dedication to those who enroll for her classes. Additional Awards also recognized employees with 5-10-15-20-25-30 and even one with 35 years of service to the district. In our next newscast, we'll feature the parting comments from four of those who will retire from the district in June. The complete program can be found online at Hastings Community TV.com

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    Several teachers and staff were also acknowledged to be retiring from their duties at the end of this school year. Parting words ranged from humorous to reflective and many evoked the sentiment of a career spent doing good works. Thirty year employee, Sheri Madsen thanked the district for allowing her to instruct Special Education students in unencumbered ways, allowing for unique needs that were not minimized, but accomodated to allow students to excell and succeed.

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    Another teacher, Greg Sandkamp, began his career in the elementary grades, serving the needs of those beginning students in unpredictable, but satisfying roles.   

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    Kathy Warren, Middle School Band Director spoke of more than 30 years of guiding young musicians to lifelong enjoyment of making music.

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    More from the District 200 Employee Recognition Banquet will be featured on each of our newscasts today. You can view the entire program at Hastigns Community TV. Com

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    As longtime teacher and administrator Mark Zuzek prepares to take on a new role, that of Superintendent for District 917, he looked back during a recognition that took place during the District Employee Banquet, on a career spent in his hometown school system, one in which he, his wife and his children have been part of . Zuzek noted that in his last weeks as Principal of Hastings Middle School, he is certain there will be a few things he will miss. One is the lunch duty that has played a big part of his day for many years, the other is the conflict resolution that is also part of most days and many nights as well, the third item he will miss, or not, is the hefty supply of emails that have demanded his attention in recent years. As he readies to see his last 8th grade graduation from HMS in June, he remarks how important it is for schools to remember the importance of community collaboration in the education process.

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    Controlled Burn Caution

    A controlled prairie burn took place on May 16th at the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights. The area is owned by Flint Hills Resources and located about a mile from the Pine Bend refinery. Drivers on Highways 52 and 55 may have noticed smoke during the controlled burn, which was part of Flint Hills Resources comprehensive natural resources management program. Flint Hills Resources has collaborated with Great River Greening and Friends of the Mississippi River since 2000 to restore the area, which is a critical habitat for both resident and migratory animals. Great River Greening and the Flint Hills Resources fire department oversaw the burn. Flint Hills has received an international habitat conservation recertification from the Wildlife Habitat Council for its restoration efforts.

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    Hastings Council Presentations May 21

    The Hastings city Council will meet on Monday, May 21st with several presentations on the agenda including the designation of National Public Works Week, recognition of the winners of the Heritage Preservation Awards and one to be made by a representative of Rainbow Tree Care on the current status of their work with Emerald Ash Borer. Jeff Hafner's company has been recommended by the city for residents to contact if they wish to have ash trees on their property treated against the irridescent pest

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    FIrst Responders Get PTSD Support

    From the waning hours of the 2018 Legislative Session, comes progress from the Senate, that according to Senator Karla Bigham who shared her thoughts on a bill that was successful in providing health services to first responders in Minnesota.

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    Senator Bigham will be our guest on Wednesday for a review on the session which will adjourn sine die on Monday.

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    Jurgens On 3M Settlement Terms

    Work at the Legislature continues this weekend with a Monday Deadline for those elected to the House and Senate meeting on topics that are seeking resolution and approval from both bodies to make their way to the Governor's Desk. On Thursday, the Minnesota House reports that bipartisan legislation has been passed to ensure public transparency and guardrails for the $850 million 3M settlement with the State of Minnesota. House Representative Tony Jurgens comments on the action.

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    Representative Jurgens is a weekly contributor to KDWA radio during the Legislative Session and will provide his recap of the session on our Wednesday In Depth Program.

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    Comp Plan 2040 Goals

    The Community Open House for preliminary results of the year-long 2040 Comprehensive Plan that took place on May 16th was just that- comprehensive. Featuring a room filled with maps, surveys, public interaction and steering committee members, the event shared the efforts over the past year to identify the goals, policies and visions that will become part of the updating of the city's comprehensive plan. One goal is Sustainable Growth which will be accomplished by investing in established areas, carefully planning

    new neighborhoods, providing attractive public amenities and protecting environmental resources. Continuation of the restoration and revitalization of the Riverfront and Downtown is well on it's way, with more envisioned to capitalize fully on this area.

    Fringe Growth will adopt and follow a plan for growth while protecting perimeter locations for efficient and compact neighborhood expansion that will likely involve a commercial presence, and with that some employment opportunities. Those neighborhoods are valued, says the plan, with older ones needed specialized attention to remain attractive and vital. This would likely require investment in improved streets, parks and services and be accomplished through code enforcement, design standards and selective reinvestment by public and private resources. We'll continue with our look at the 2040 Comprehensive Plan proposal all next week on KDWA.

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    Prescott School Board Elects Officers

    On May 17th the Prescott School Board elected new officers with Mike Matzek unanimously elevated to Board President, Steve Sizemore named Vice-President, Josias Franco nominated to serve as Clerk and Tanya Holub as Treasurer. A recap of the meeting will be featured in an upcoming newscast.

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    Pledge To Graduate Winner

    Washington County Attorney Pete Orput recently announced the "Pledge to Graduate" Award Winners during events at Skyview Middle School in Oakdale and Park High School in Cottage Grove. The events were designed to reward students who had made the commitment to graduate from high school. Orput acknowledged Park High School student and Cottage Grove resident, Joey Slininger, as the winner of a class ring, which was presented by Jostens. According to a press release, the Washington County Attorneys Office has placed a high priority on school attendance, education, and graduation for all students living in the County. Orput stated, "We know that if we dont educate our children, we will end up incarcerating them down the road. 71% of our inmates in Minnesota have dropped out of high school. If we can make a difference in just one students life and convince them to graduate from high school, our efforts will be worth it."

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    Dakota County Jail Booking May 16

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, a traffic stop by Washington county deputies resulted in the arrest of 38-year-old Hastings resident James Daniel Cahill on a felony charge of 1st degree DUI after a previous conviction. Cahill is being held in Dakota County, pending transfer to Washington County. Dakota County deputies arrested 24-year-old Hastings resident MacKenzy Alexander Cole on felony charges of 5th degree possession of marijuana and 3rd degree sale of narcotics, and misdemeanor charges including possession of drug paraphernalia, sale of marijuana, probation violations and trespassing. Coles first appearance in court is set for May 18th.

    Hastings Police also arrested 47-year-old Steven William Conner, of Hastings, on a felony charge of assault. Conner is being held without bail pending a first appearance in court. And, Hastings Police conducted a traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of David John Wigness, 62, of Hastings, on 3 counts related to DUI and a count of refusing to submit to chemical testing. Wigness is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on the 18th.

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    For The Birds

    Carpenter Nature Center Development Coordinator Erika Jensen recently sat down with Mo for a segment of InDepth. Erika spent some time talking about the birds and the April blizzards.

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    Log on to carpenternaturecenter.org to find the latest nature programs being offered.

       

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    Missing Child May Be In MN

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children along with the Camden, South Carolina Police Department are asking for the publics assistance locating a missing 2 year-old child. Dakota Ray was taken on April 15, 2018 by her parents William and Jessica Ray. According to law enforcement, both William and Jessica are believed to be heavy methamphetamine users and law enforcement is concerned for the childs well-being. The child and her parents were captured in surveillance images on Monday, May 14th at a hospital in Iowa. Law enforcement then received information that they may now be in Minnesota. The child and her parents are traveling in a 1996 gold Ford Aerostar van and may be frequently changing the license plates on the vehicle. UPDATE: The child may have been spotted in Marshall, MN on Thursday, May 17th.

    According to the Camden Police Department, it is possible that they may be begging or asking strangers for money. They are also believed to be sleeping in their vehicle. Dakota is 2 years old, 2 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Jessica is 36 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 112 pounds and has long light brown hair and blue eyes. William is 44 years old, 6 feet 1 inches tall, weighs 340 pounds and has light brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Dakotas whereabouts are urged to call 911, the Camden Police Department at 1-888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372) or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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    (Photo Provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

    HPD Open House

    The 3rd annual Police Open House took place on Tuesday, sprawling out on the east lawn dotted with picnic tables set out under the trees. Many community organizations such as the Minnesota Amber Alert, United Way of Hastings, the YMCA, Community Education and others, provided families with summertime information on opportunities offered in the area. Plenty of kids also turned out to check out the SWAT vehicle, sit in the AirBoat or enjoy a picnic meal 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.

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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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    More than 250 guests were also on hand to hear Chief Schafer welcome 9 officers to the podium as they accepted life saving awards and medals of merit and commendation. A rebroadcast of the awards presentation will air on KDWA's In Depth program.

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    Arrest Made In Prescott Stabbing

    Just after 11am on Tuesday morning, May 15th , Pierce County Sherriff's office and Prescott Police became involved in what was described as a community incident in which a person near Flora Street was reportedly stabbed, causing law enforcement to then converge on a house on Ash Street, which was believed to be connected with the incident. The injured person was taken to a nearby hospital with a second person located inside the Ash Street residence. The activity had an impact on local schools where, according to a school spokesperson, although it was not a school incident or a direct threat to our schools, administration believed it warrented keeping students indoors for recess and PE periods until the situation was resolved.

    The Malone Parents Association then sent out emails to parents notifying them that busses would be held until the situation concluded. According to a local resident, an adult male was taken into custody just after 3 pm at the Ash Street location. Schools then received the notice that students could leave the buildings and parents could take children home or wait for busses to run regular routes.

    KDWA did ask for a statement concerning the incident from both the Prescott Police and the Malone parents group about the procedure for emergency situations such as these. We'll bring that response to our listeners once it is received.

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    Music Students Honored

    A list of recipients were acknowledged by the Instrumental Music program at Hastings High School during their Spring Concert on May 14th. Directors Jim Jacobsen and Duane Oldham honor the long tradition of recognizing students from each ensemble for the contributions made during the year. In the case of graduating Seniors, a full page of letter awards, as well as solo and honor band participation fill the last program of their years at Hastings. In the Varsity Band this year, the award for Outstanding Musician was given to saxaphonist Jonah Walt. The Most Improved Musician from Varsity Band was Adam Iverson.

    In the Concert Band, this year's Outstanding Musician was Jackson Gergen with the Most Improved Musician honor presented to Lokella Franzmeier. Senior awards this year began with Eric Bacon who won the Woody Herman Award and the John Philip Sousa Awards; Sam Poncelet received the Louis Armstrong Award, The Bob Casperson Exemplary Musician Award was earned by Miranda Hanson and the Semper Fi award for loyalty and excellence in musicianship was presented by a member of the United States Marines who gave an engraved plaque to Emma Matzke.

    Another end of the year tradition is the passing of the baton for next season's Raiders Marching Band. Drum Major, Micah Walt passed the torch to the 2018-19 Drum Major, Benjamin Wentzler. The marching band, has already started rehearsals, gearing up for a summer to learn the new show which has a country theme and will debut their preview show on September 5th at Todd Field. All High School bands, will now dig into preparing the music that will be played at graduation on June 8th.

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    DOT Grant For Street Construction

    The City of Prescott was awarded a grant for up to $410,897 for the street improvement project for Grant and College Streets. Cedar Corporation representative Russ Kiviniemi presented the news to the City Council.

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    Mayor Dave Hovel gave a brief explanation of the impact of the grant.

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    The City Council also decided to split the project over a two-year period between 2018 and 2019, due to the grant being awarded later than normal in the calendar year, and the City experiencing some delays in acquiring permanent easements on the west end of the project.

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    Prescott Summer Kick Off

    The Prescott Community Education 11th Annual Kick-off the Summer celebration will take place on June 1st, at Public Square Park across from Prescott Middle School. Community Education is still accepting booth registrations for this fun community event. The registration deadline to be included in publicity materials is Wednesday, May 23rd, and the final deadline to participate in the event and/or turn in booth fee is Wednesday, May 30th. Vendors and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to reserve a spot by contacting Penny Peterson at Prescott Community Education, 715-262-4676.

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    Clean Up Day Totals Tonnage

    The April Hastings Clean up day was well attended with several categories of refuse and recycling accepted from local residents at the Cal Ruedy Public Works building. The event was only 4 hours long but the list of items that could have been placed in a landfill or disposed of illegally through dumping, were turned in to be properly disposed of. At least 554 Fluorescent bulbs were taken in as well as 500 pounds of antifreeze and 230 pounds of aerosols 1,082 pounds of packing materials, 100 pounds of driveway sealer, 360 propane or other fuel cylinders and a whopping 21,071 pounds of Electronics, many of those which carried a fee to submit. In all a grand total of 32,745 pounds were collected, over 16 tons of refuse that is a slight increase from last year's total.

    According to one of the coordinators, Paige Marschall Bigler, 502 vehicles came to the site filled with an amazing amount of item to get rid of. Bike Recycling was handled by Lowertown Bike Shop who received 53 Bikes - 42 youth/11 adult which will have various benefits that do not involve them going into a landfill. They specialize in providing used bikes for all budgets and types of riders. The bikes that come in from clean ups are processed in several ways with some bikes able to be refurbished and resold. Bikes that cannot be used, but are in good condition, due to an over abundance, go to other organizations, like Free Bikes for Kids and bikes that are unable to be repaired are processed for recycling, both on site and at their shop. Also popular was the secure shredding

    truck which took in 5,870 Lbs.   

    Even more impressive totals to add to the heap of trash and recyclables taken in during the April Hastings Hazardous Waste and clean up day that saw more than 500 vehicles in a 4 hour span at the Cal Ruedy Public Works site. Besides 53 bikes and nearly 3 tons of shredding, 149 Mattresses and Box Springs and almost 3,000 pounds of carpet were also disposed of. Tennis Sanitation reported that 6.99 tons of construction material, 134 Appliances, 2.61 Tons Tires & 27 Rims as well as 28.24 tons trash was handled by their crews. A team from Dakota County and other independent vendors also took in 6,200 pounds of Latex Paint, 648 pounds of Oil-based Paint, 802 pounds of Solvents and 1320 pounds of used oil accompanied by 448 used oil filters.

    Prescott Boaters Duck Dockage Fees

    Weekend boating on the St. Croix River kept officers of the Prescott Police Department busy during the morning of Saturday, May 7th. The Prescott Police blotter indicates that officers issued no less than 6 citations to boaters for failure to pay the launch fee or display a launch permit. The citations were issued between 10 and 11 AM, and boaters receiving the citations were from both Minnesota and Wisconsin. The City of Prescott reminds boaters that fees for a seasonal boat launch permit are $35 for boat owners who live within the city limits of Prescott, and $50 all others, with one permit per boat or watercraft. Permits are not interchangeable between any other boats or watercraft. Overnight parking is not permitted at the boat launch. Citations will also be issued for overnight parking.

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    Mayor Discusses PFD Truck Debate

    Although townships are part of the association that makes use of emergency services based in Prescott, the recent decision to used GO Bonds to fund the purchase next year of 2 Fire Trucks, may need a second look. KDWA asked Prescott Mayor Dave Hovel to weigh in on the situation as boards from Oak Grove and Clinton Townships have expressed concern in providing financial support to share the cost of the purchase deemed necessary to replace aging equipment, one a pumper truck circa 1976 and 2 others who are near the end of their useful lives. We first asked if Prescott could take on the entire cost.

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    There are more items to consider. We'll hear more from Prescott Mayor Hovel in our next newscast

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    Teacher Mr Lenn Honored

    Greg Lenn, a Prescott Fourth Grade teacher , received a Top Teacher award from a local television station and we spoke with him following the surprise presentation that was made in front of all elementary and middle school students in the Gym on Friday morning. We asked him what teaching had taught him.

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    Ava was a 9 year old student that passed away from Leukemia. Lenn received a 900 dollar grant that is to be used for something in the school. He had a suggestion for some of it.

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    He also shared why he goes to great lengths to be a Prescott teacher.

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    Photos of the special event can be seen on the KDWA facebook page.

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    Arson Awareness Week Concludes

    As Arson Awareness Week wraps up,(May 7-13) 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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    Dakota County Jail Bookings May 10

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, 26-year-old St. Paul resident Cody Randell Brown was arrested by Hastings Police on May 9th on felony charges of check forgery, 5th degree possession of marijuana, and 5th degree possession of methamphetamines, and misdemeanor counts of theft, damage to property and assault. Brown is being held without bail as the charges are processed. Hastings Police arrested Nasra Dahir Budul, 31, of Maplewood, on a charge of 5th degree misdemeanor assault on the 9th. Budul was booked and released as the charge is investigated.

    Scott County deputies arrested 58-year-old Hastings resident Anthony James Siebenaler on a gross misdemeanor count of check forgery. Siebenaler is being held on $3,000 bail, pending transfer to Scott County for court. And, Hastings Police arrested 21-year-old Hastings resident Dmitry Joseph Wagner on 2 felony counts of electronic possession of pornography. Wagner was booked and released as the charges are processed.

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    Hastings Police Log May 8

    The following items were summarized from the latest Dakota County Jail booking report .On May 8th, Hastings Police arrested 39-year-old Coon Rapids resident Jason David Hart on two counts of misdemeanor theft. Hart was booked into the facility at 1:50 PM, and the charges are pending. Earlier on May 8th, Hastings officers detained 36-year-old Inver Grove Heights resident Gregory Henry Wiley for a felony charge of vehicle theft. And, Dakota County deputies arrested 29-year-old St. Paul resident Nhia Fong Xiong on felony counts of 1st and 2nd degree possession of over 6 grams of controlled substances and a felony count of possession of a firearm with the serial number altered or removed. Xiong is being held without bail, and his first appearance in court for the charges is set for May 9th.

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    Dakota County Healthy Workplace Award

    Dakota County has earned a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the Minnesota Psychological Association. According to a press release issued by Dakota County, the award is an affirmation of long-time County efforts. Dakota County, which employs roughly 1,800 people, encourages employee involvement. In an effort to recruit and retain a skilled workforce, the County offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, and employees are encouraged to participate in a robust wellness initiative. The County also offers professional development opportunities and has created employee resource groups intended to strengthen employee communities.

    Dakota County was nominated for the workplace award by Sand Creek, which administers its employee assistance program. The process included a survey of employees and visits with County leaders and employee focus groups. As a state winner, Dakota County became eligible for national recognition from the American Psychological Association.

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    HHS Horticulture Students Growing Biz

    Hastings High School Horticulture Teacher John Dewall would like to remind KDWA listeners that the High School Plant Sale is still in full swing.

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    For questions contact the school office at 651-480-7470.

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    House Approves Changes in Step Therapy

    Those suffering from chronic illnesses received good news Monday as the Minnesota House of Representatives approved changes to step therapy, a policy requiring a patient to try and fail first on several medications before receiving medication preferred by his or her doctor. State Representative Tony Jurgens co-authored the proposal.

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    The bill is now before the Senate for approval.

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    CNC Apple Blossom Races

    For over 30 years, runners of all abilities have flocked to the St. Croix Valley to support CNC. What better way to celebrate spring than on Sunday, May 20th at CNC running, walking and supporting environmental education. This family friendly race has a distance and speed for everyone. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., the 10K follows a portion of CNCs beautiful trail system. There is also a 5K run/walk straight down St. Croix Trail, with runners encouraged to bring your kids for the FREE 2K Fun Run following the other races at approximately 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Erika Jensen, Development Coordinator erika@carpenternaturecenter.org

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    Prescott Police Log May 7

    Items of note from the Prescott Police blotter include a call to the 1000 block of Canton Street on May 1st regarding a domestic disturbance. As officers arrived on the scene one person was observed to be spraying a fire with a garden hose, causing ashes and embers to land on another person. Investigating officers issued a citation to 19-year-old Prescott resident Mikayla Lyn Schanus-Zaccardi, for disorderly conduct. A traffic stop in the 200 block of Broadway on May 2nd for a defective license plate lamp resulted in a citation issued to 47-year-old St. Paul resident May Kou Yang for driving on a revoked license.

    Officers on routine patrol in the 700 block of Canton Street observed a storage shed with the lock forcibly removed. Officers made contact with the shed owner and determined that welding equipment had been removed from the shed. Officers located and arrested 20-year-old St. Paul resident Jayson Joseph Rona Bailey in connection with the reported theft. And, officers responded to call for assistance with a custody dispute. Officers advised the caller that custody disputes are civil matters, not criminal, and that the issue would need to be settled in civil court.

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    Safety Camp Registration Open

    Hastings youth entering 3rd to 5th grade in the Fall of 2018 are invited to a Safety Camp conducted by the City of Hastings on Wednesday, June 20th. The camp will explore a variety of safety topics, including bike safety, personal safety, and safety around electricity. Leaders of Parks and Recreation, the Fire and Police Departments, Community Education, and the YMCA of Hastings will conduct activities. Registration is open through June 4th and cost is $20, which includes food, a t-shirt and a goodie bag. Register by logging on to the City website at hastingsmn.gov.

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    Former Priest Bertrand Sentenced

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced Monday that Jacob Andrew Bertrand, age 35, who was an ordained Catholic priest was sentenced by Judge Karen Asphaug pursuant to a previously negotiated plea agreement. On January 22, 2018, Bertrand pled guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree that had occurred in June or July of 2010 in Dakota County. The female victim alleged in a complaint filed in October of 2016, that she and Bertrand had a sexual encounter that took place as he performed a private Mass in the victim's Dakota County home. Bertrand received a stay of adjudication of sentence and was placed on probation for 10 years and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 fine. He was also ordered to undergo a sex offender assessment and follow through with any recommended therapy or counseling.

    As part of the plea agreement, a second count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree was dismissed. Should the defendant violate any of the conditions of his probation, under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines he would be subject to a presumptive prison sentence of 48 months. Backstrom noted that the victim participated in several discussions with authorities and provided her consent to the agreed upon terms.

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    Construction Considers Trees

    With the start of the Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement expected to begin during the week of May 14th, the City of Hastings and the project Contractor have stated that the invasive project will involve extensive impact to the boulevards and roadway as water and sewer lines are upgraded and improved , however, every effort to preserve the existing boulevard trees will be made. The citys preferred vendor, Rainbow Treecare, can advise property owners on a treatment regimen designed to preserve the trees. Treatment is advised when the tree size is greater that 10 inches in diameter, when the tree is not competing with other trees or infrastructure and it does not show more than 30% of a decline if infestation is suspected. More information on Rainbow Treecare can be found with a link at www.hastingsmn.gov.

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    Session Nears End

    Wednesday on In Depth with Representative Tony Jurgens, the remaining days of the 2018 session are drawing to a close and many decisions yet to make. He explains how conference committees play a major role in the final versions of bills that are brought to the floor.

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    Senator Supports Hands Free Bill

    In this week's In Depth with Senator Karla Bigham, she voiced her concern over work still left to do and a statement made by a fellow representative on the status of an important bill.

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    Our complete conversation with Senator Bigham can be heard on KDWA this Wednesday, May 9th.

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    Revision Requested For Meter Replacement

    The Hastings Water Meter Replacement Program is under way, and the contractor has asked for a revision and cost adjustment to the project. The original bid did not anticipate that meters that were replaced before the start of the citywide project might not have the necessary transceiver units for reading the meters electronically. The contractor estimates that approximately 30% of the properties in Hastings fall into this category, and do not need meter replacement, just the compatible transceiver installed. The cost for this adjustment to the project is estimated to be just over $8,500 and formal acceptance of the revision and cost adjustment was placed on the Consent Agenda for the Hastings City Council meeting of May 7th.

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    Hastings Police Log May 3

    Items of note from the Hastings Police blotter include a call to the Emergency Room at Regina Hospital where officers learned that a middle school student had been reportedly assaulted earlier in the day at school. No further information was made available and the incident remains under investigation. A report of theft brought officers to the 1700 block of North Frontage Road, where an unknown suspect had stolen 30 items from the business. The value of the stolen items was over $538 and there is no further information. And, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of 3rd Street to investigate a report of a violation of a do not contact order. Responding officers arrested John Jacob Reinhardt, 31, of Hastings, on 2 counts of violation of a do not contact order and a felony charge of stalking.

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    Food 4 Kids Continues Till Summer

    Next week on In Depth, our guests include Mari Mellick, Executive Director of the United Way of Hastings, as well as Tim Tabery a newly named board member and Amy Schaffer who helps coordinate volunteers, resources and those looking to lend a hand. One way they do that is with the Food For Kids program. Mari provides some context.

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    Tune in next week for our discussion with United Way of Hastings.

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    Click It Or Ticket

    The Pierce County Sheriffs Office will be increasing enforcement efforts through the participation in a Click it or Ticket traffic safety campaign along with nearly 400 other statewide agencies in an effort to gain voluntary compliance for Wisconsins mandatory seatbelt law through increased enforcement. Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove stated in a press release, "Our focus is to convince every motorist and passenger to voluntarily use their seat belts and reduce the number of preventable traffic fatalities to zero in Wisconsin. We take these enforcement campaigns seriously because we have investigated too many fatal accidents in Pierce County. Almost all of these deaths could have been prevented by simply using the factory installed safety belts and helmet use when operating a motorcycle."

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    MDH Fish Concerns

    The MN Department of Health has issued a consumption warning for fish caught in Lake Elmo. According to a press release issued on May 3rd, the Department of Health issued the warning based on current science that indicates a more conservative approach to limiting Perfluorooctane sulfonate exposure. MDH recently lowered the level at which it begins to advise to not eat the fish at all, from 800 nanograms per gram to 200. The contamination is thought to likely originate from two sources, the 3M Oakdale Disposal Site and the Washington County Landfill, with the Oakdale site the source of PFOS. PFC-impacted surface water and stormwater runoff from these two sites not only affects area lakes, including Lake Elmo, but also groundwater in the region.

    The 3M settlement requires the MPCA to conduct a study regarding the Valley Branch Water Districts project known as Project 1007. The MPCA will assess whether the project is the source of the contamination and the possible role of the project in moving PFCs into the environment, including Lake Elmo. Settlement funds from the 3M case may also be used to restore and enhance aquatic and fishery resources, plus lost outdoor recreational opportunities, due to PFCs in the east metropolitan area. Catch and release fishing is not affected by this warning.

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    Dakota Co Jail Bookings May 3

    The following items are summarized from the Dakota County Jail booking report. Hastings Police arrested 38-year-old Hastings resident Jason Martin Armstrong on May 2nd, after being called to a domestic disturbance. Armstrong faces misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct. Armstrong posted bail and the charges are still being processed. Rosemount Police arrested 41-year-old Hastings resident Mark Christopher Borst on the 2nd on misdemeanor counts of theft, including theft of gasoline, driving after revocation, and violation of an order for protection. Borst made his initial appearance in court on May 3rd. And, a traffic stop by Hastings police resulted in the arrest of 32-year-old Hastings resident Scot Alan Trierweiler on 3 misdemeanor counts related to driving under the influence of alcohol. Trierweiler was booked and released pending the processing of the charges.

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    Quilt Honors Slain Students

    In preparation of traveling to Parkland Florida to present a memorial quilt, KDWA Office Manager Barb Massman brought the quilt to Hastings High School where students and staff involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes association autographed the quilt as a gesture of sympathy and solidarity for the victims and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Massman was contacted by Healing Hearts to craft the quilt as a memorial for those killed in the February 14th shooting. Massman will present the quilt to the high school at a ceremony in Florida on May 18th. Barb is accepting cards and donations to accompany the quilt through May 17th. Card and donations may be brought or mailed to KDWA, 514 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN, 55033.

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    Clean Up Day Totals Take

    According to tabulations made by the volunteers manning the Spring Clean up and Hazaradous waste event in Hastings last weekend 502 vehicles of all sizes passed through the stations that collected hazardous waste, outdated electronics and refuse categories big and small representing items no longer needed by their owners. Tom Bakken, one of the coordinators noted that most comments he receives are positive despite a long wait in a line that wound it's way from Vermillion onto 10th then back south to 11th, back north past Kennedy elementary, thru the parking lot and finally back to 10th Street. That necessary to accomodate the traffic without blocking the way for those not having some trash to dispose of. Totals from other categories are anticipated to be released soon, but for those who participate each year, they are glad for the opportunity to start of fresh. Hazardous materials and other recycling opportunities are available year round though resources in Eagan at the Dakota County REcycle Site. Find out hours and accepted materials on the county website.

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    Burning Restrictions In Effect

    Monday's high winds brought more concern from Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt who had an update on burning restrictions.   

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    Even as part of the city is concerned with flooding and too much water, Chief Schutt says conditions can be deceiving

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    Crews reported that loss has already taken place.

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    Prescott Police Commission Continues Deliberation

    The Prescott Police Commission , led by President Bill Pryor, met on Monday evening with an agenda that indicated more discussion would be involved in choosing a Chief of Police. Also present at this meeting were Mayor David Hovel and an unnamed guest who was confirmed to be a US Marshall. City Administrator Jayne Brand make KDWA aware that the commission had received a letter that provided undisclosed information to be reviewed by its members. It was not known who was responsible for the letter or what effect, if any, it would have on the decisions at hand.

    Questions posed to President Pryor following the hour long meeting as to whether the meeting had narrowed the selection of any of the six candidates applying for the position . Requests for the names of candidates still in contention for the postion were also denied as some candidates are currently employed elsewhere and they do not wish to jepoardize those jobs. An amended agenda was released to the public on Monday afternoon added an item before the commission involving investigation of charges against a person connected with the Police Department. There was no disclosure as to who that involved. The commission adjourned with just one item of action, that being the offering of a full time police officer position to a candidate previously considered , however that person had not yet been notified. A full time officer hired several weeks ago, has informed the city that family obligations requires that he leave his position. No date has been set for the next commission meeting.

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    Prescott Police Log May 1

    The following incidents are summarized from the Prescott Police Blotter. On April 24th, just after 1 AM, four people were observed by Prescott officers to be frolicking near the Welcome to Wisconsin sign on US Highway 10. Investigating officers issued a citation to 18-year-old Prior Lake resident Molly Grace Beercroft for a curfew violation. Officers conducted a traffic stop for a defective tail lamp near the intersection of Canton Street and North Acres Road. As a result of the stop, officers issued a citation issued to 44-year-old St. Paul resident Leonard Bertrum Kulp for driving after having his license revoked.

    Officers on patrol conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 35 and Dexter Street for a vehicle observed to be passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone. The driver of the offending vehicle, 36-year-old Cottage Grove resident Christian Anthony Rugel received citations for passing in a no passing zone and operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license. And, a driving complaint brought officers to the 200 block of Broad Street. Upon investigation, officers detected the aroma of marijuana in the vehicle, and issued a citation to 20-year-old Cottage Grove resident Samantha Lynne Johnson for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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    Floodwaters Continue Encroachment

    The rise of the Mississippi River in Hastings over the past weekend was slower than anticipated, and the crest stage forecast by the National Weather Service has been revised to show a lower peak crest. According to a report issued by City Public Works Director Nick Egger, the NWS is now projecting a crest to occur Wednesday or Thursday, but at a stage of 16.5 feet, a full foot below last Fridays projection. Egger also stated that, as of Monday morning, water was just beginning to show through the catch basin grates at the low point on the East 1st Street underpass at a stage of about 15.5 feet. The road will likely be closed on Tuesday. The Hastings Police Department has been in contact with CP Rail to make sure they understand that the City expects them to keep trains moving through the affected area to avoid blocking the 2nd Street crossing with stopped trains.

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