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    Dakota County Jail Record Sept 24

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, officers in South St. Paul arrested 35-year-old South St. Paul resident Travis Michael Eastman on a felony charge of assault. Eastman is being held without bail as the charge is processed. Rosemount officers detained 30-year-old Rochester resident Steve Greaves on misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and providing false identification to officers. An initial appearance for Greaves has been set for the 26th. And officers with the MN DNR arrested 27-year-old Newport resident Sam William Mahmood on a felony count of 5th degree possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons. Mahmood remains in custody pending an initial appearance in court. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    Dakota County Jail Record Sept 24

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, officers in South St. Paul arrested 35-year-old South St. Paul resident Travis Michael Eastman on a felony charge of assault. Eastman is being held without bail as the charge is processed. Rosemount officers detained 30-year-old Rochester resident Steve Greaves on misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and providing false identification to officers. An initial appearance for Greaves has been set for the 26th. And officers with the MN DNR arrested 27-year-old Newport resident Sam William Mahmood on a felony count of 5th degree possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons. Mahmood remains in custody pending an initial appearance in court. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    Tractor Accident Claims Life

    On Friday September 21st, at 1:26 PM the Pierce County Sheriff's Office was notified of a tractor accident with injury at a residence on 300th Ave. in Hartland Township. Scene investigation determined that Marlan M. Hanson, 71 from Bay City was operating a tractor while attempting to remove a downed tree when the tractor rolled on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service and the Ellsworth Fire Department. The incident remains under investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

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    MN PCA Fines Ardent Mills

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has signed an agreement with the Ardent Mills Flour Company of Hastings, resolving air-quality violations. The violations stem from the company's failure to obtain proper authorization from the state before making major changes to its air pollution-control systems. The company replaced part of its filtration equipment, which would have required a major amendment to the facility's existing air quality permit, without applying for the required amendment. Instead, the company continued operations with the new equipment under the old permit. The company eventually applied for the permit amendment. When the MPCA subsequently conducted a routine inspection, a number of other air-quality violations were discovered, the most serious of which involved not operating the pollution-control equipment within permitted limits. The company agreed to correct the violations and will pay a $32,485 civil penalty, and has since corrected the violations and agreed to operate under the pollution-control requirements of its amended permit.

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    WesternDetours Cause Morning Delays

    The detour that will be fully implemented on Wednesday, the 26th, will cause those trying to go West from Hastings, more challenges at least until November. According to signage along the Highway 55 route, the closure will take place Wednesday due to additional time to have all adjoining roads marked. Listeners who heard our report on Monday made changes to their morning drive only to find themselves bottlenecked on 61 attempting to connect with 494.

    Construction over Concord Street in So. St. Paul has an already busy corridor at capacity. Posts to the KDWA Facebook page noted that much more time will be needed to clear that western route with backups beginning at St. Paul Park in the drivetime from 7-8am. Taking the recommended detour of County Road 46 out of Hastings is a two lane road, recently resurfaced and a clear avenue to Highway 52. Connect with northbound 52 for connections to 494 beyond the construction zone.

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    City Water Passes Test

    At 6 PM Monday, September 24th, Public Works Director Nick Egger made this announcement on KDWA which lifts the boil water advisory for the City of Hastings.

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    He provided a list of answers that are also found on the city's website concerning commonly asked questions. What should you do?

    You no longer need to boil your water. It is recommended that you flush your plumbing if no water has been used in the past two days, or if you experience water discoloration.

    What may be the health effects?

    The incident is resolved, however if you experience unusual symptoms and they persist, it is recommended you seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking water.

    What happened? and What is being done?

    We notified consumers on 9/22/18 of a problem with the drinking water and issued a Boil Water Advisory. We are pleased to report the problem has been corrected, and the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank you for your patience.

    The City and the Minnesota Department of Health are currently working to determine the cause of the E. coli detections.

    Please share this information with other people who drink this water and who may not have received this Notice directly (people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, businesses, etc.)   You can do this by posting this Notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

    For more information, please contact the city at 651-480-2344 or refer to for factsheets on Drinking Water Advisories.

    General guidelines regarding water quality safety are available from EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800)426-4791.


    District 200 Schools Open Tuesday

    The following message just received from District 200 Superintendent Tim Collins regarding school on Tuesday, September 25th.

    All Hastings School Sites will be open and operating normally tomorrow - Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 - The message below from Superintendent Collins details precautions being taken at our Tilden and JFK Sites.

    Dear Parents,

    We have been in discussion with the Minnesota Department of Health and we do plan on having all of our sites open tomorrow. We cancelled school today- in an effort to be extra cautious and make sure that we are prepared for the opening of school again tomorrow.

    We will have bottled water available at Tilden, JFK Elementary, STAARS and our Area Learning Center. In addition we are covering our sinks so that students will need to use hand sanitizer...or hand wipes that we are providing. The lunch at JFK Elementary will meet the safety requirements as outlined by MDH.

    At 8:00 this evening the results of the water testing are going to be released. Even if the results come back positive(safe) we still plan on providing bottled water and hand sanitizer for Tuesday at the above mentioned sites.

    The District also recognizes that the safety of your child is your choice. If you choose not to send your child to school tomorrow- we do respect that decision.


    Tim Collins, Superintendent

    Hastings Public Schools

    District 200 School Announcement

    District 200 School Information -Sunday Update-2:35 PM On Air Message- Schools open Monday except for Tilden Center, Senior Center, STAARS program and JFK Elementary. All classes, programs including Kids Campus are closed Monday. All other schools in the district will remain open Monday as of this Update. ALC will be open Monday with water and hand sanitizers availalble for students and staff. All Metro news stations 4,5,9 and 11, will have information on any delay or closing scrolling on their screens this evening and Monday morning if anything changes. See the website for more information-


    Special Sunday City Interview

    This Sunday Afternoon (9/23/2018) Interview with Spokespersons for the City Of Hastings, Communication Coordinator Lee Stoffel and Public Works Director Nick Egger was recorded just before 1PM at KDWA Radio. The interview referrences actions taken thus far and what to expect next for information in this matter.

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    The Interview also referrences bottled water that will be distributed by Hastings Cub Foods beginning at 2 PM Sunday in their parking Lot. A semi-full of water will be provided to members of the community affected by the water advisory. At this writing we do not know how long that resource will last. We will update the interview when that opportunity concludes. News can be found at and on the City Of Hastings website.


    Water Boil Advisory Sunday AM Update


    Sunday Morning Update on City water announcement: In response to several questions posed to the city, we are passing along a few of the most asked items:

    1. Although Kennedy Elementary School and SEAS School are in the affected area, there has been no announcement, thus far, made on changes for Monday. Plans are in place to address this without closing. We will, however, bring any changes made today by the District, to you as soon as possible.

    2. At least 2 downtown establishments are closed Sunday, according to posts on their social media pages Lock and Dam and the Busted Nut are closed. The Department of Health did not require them to close as mitigating practices such as bottled water and independent ice suppliers can satisfy preventative protocol. As of this writing, others may be making decisions which we will bring to you if we receive that information.

    3. Several independent posts have confirmed that some Hastings retail establishments are out of bottled water. We have contacted the large stores including Cub, Coborns and WalMart to ask if a supply will be replenished. We will have that info posted soon.* Update- WalMart and Cub received more water this morning and Coborns will have their stock replenished on Monday morning.

    4. Many have written about showering or bathing and the MDH states that most adults may continue to use city water for this purpose but advises that very small children who might ingest the water should not.

    5. We have been informed that the City Water will be tested again on Monday, following the Chlorination Flush now underway. Once again, the results of those tests take 18-24 hours to complete so the public will be impacted at least until Tuesday.

    We assure the public that we will continue to ask questions of the City and those who are vital in this situation to bring you the information you need. Our notices will resume after the Sunday Church services and will be played at 5 minutes after each hour and also at the :17 minute mark this afternoon and evening.

    We will have a complete update on Monday or sooner if there is additional new information to share. The City is currently assessing any new information, according to our contact with them and will be connecting with local media to get that word out to you.

    Sat PM Water Update FAQs

    Saturday Evening Update- Communication Director Lee Stoffel and Public Works Director Nick Egger confirmed this Saturday evening, September 22nd, that the city was alerted today to the presence of E.coli bacteria in water testing by the Minnesota Department of Health. The city undergoes periodic testing approximately every 2 weeks and the results of the most recent tests confirmed E.coli in portions of the city water supply. The priority message this hour is that residents should NOT call 9-1-1 or the Hastings Fire Department or Police. They are aware of the issue and want to make sure commuication lines are open for emergency situations requiring their response. Posts made to the City of Hastings Website and social media sites confirms that chlorination is currently underway and the flushing of the hydrants to circulate the treated water through the system has resulted in a drop of water pressure in some areas. This is normal and will regulate soon. This process may be necessary to continue for between 3-5 days and testing will be updated for progress reports expected on Sunday. Many common questions can be found on the City website and also on


    Hastings Public Water Test Reveals Ecoli

    The City of Hastings has issued a BOIL WATER ADVISORY this Saturday, September 22nd through Sunday September 23rd.

    E. coli bacteria has been detected in a section of the City of Hastings public water system. Printed information can be found online at and also on our KDWA Facebook page. Please read all information if you live within the Hastings city limits and are served by the city water system. NOTE: The bacteria is isolated to one section of our system. Please check the map to see if you live in the affected area. If you live outside of the affected section, you do not need to follow the boil water advisory and you may use water as you normally would.

    If you live in the affected area,do not drink water before boiling it, or use a safe alternative source.Bring all water to a full, rolling boil, let it boil for one minute or longer, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in water.

    Some adverse health affects may be experienced by ingestion of water with the E.Coli bacteria. Contact may cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.

    Symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, it is recommended you seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking water.

    The City notes that Bacterial contamination may occur for a wide variety of reasons. The MN Dept of Health and the City ofHastings are working together to try to identify the cause of the positive results. We will be adding chlorine to the affected section of the City water system to disinfect the system beginning on Saturday, September 22 through Sunday, September 23. The city and our media partners will inform the public when tests show no coliform bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. They anticipate resolving problem within 3-5 days.

    The City will be adding chlorine to the affected area of the water system on Saturday, September 22 until September 23. Addition of chlorine to disinfect water may react with iron and/or manganese that may be deposited in water mains, breaking it loose and causing some temporary discoloration of water. This could cause a black or reddish-brown color, but it does not present a health threat.

    Consumers may want to let water run for a few minutes to flush plumbing of discolored water before using it for cooking or laundry. Fish tanks and bait shops should not use chlorinated water in tanks for this period of time.

    You may notice city staff flushing fire hydrants around the city to move chlorinated water through the system.

    Please share this information with other people who drink this water and who may not have received this Notice directly (people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, businesses, etc.).


    HPD Continutes Training

    In reporting for the Hastings Public Safety Department, it was noted that four Hastings Officers attended Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) recently in Brooklyn Park with a 40-hour course that is very intense and interactive , giving an in-depth look at mental illness and its implications for law enforcement. The course covers schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, personality and substance disorders, suicide assessment, adolescent & elder issues, PTSD, excited delirium, suicide by cop, and mental health courts. Hastings officers are provided access to these training opportunities in an effort to get all patrol staff trained by the end of 2018.

    Deputy Chief Wilske also attended the Association of MN Emergency Managers (AMEM) Conference to complete his Emergency Management Certification. Those sessions included Homeland Security and Emergency Management updates, a review of Super Bowl LII and the Las Vegas mass casualty incident, among others. Participants also conducted a civil unrest tabletop exercise.

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    Balsanek Seeks Tobacco Purchase Change

    A topic was presented by Councilmember Joe Balsanek at the September 17th City Council Meeting that had been brought before the council in a prior meeting. Balsanek offered his support to bring the issue of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the city to 21. He prefaced his statement by saying that he began smoking at a very early age and wishes to stem the tide of young smokers by increasing the purchase age.

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    The Mayor addressed sending the topic to the Administrative Committee which is chaired by Councilmember Braucks who had a comment on the proposal.

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    The topic will be included in the next Administrative meeting.

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    Hailey James Featured on PBS

    An online audition call for up-and-coming musicians has given Cottage Grove teenager Hailey James an opportunity for advancing her passion for music. Earlier this year, PBS announced open online auditions for "Celebration of Music", a competition hosted by teen-aged singer Ethan Bortnick. Performers aged 4 to 25 were invited to audition. A creative team chose finalists for regional finals in Minneapolis, Duluth and other cities across the country. James submitted a video of her singing "Do You Think About Me" by Carrie Underwood, and got a call-back.

    On Sept. 28, she'll travel to Austin, MN, where Bortnick will perform a concert at Knowlton Auditorium. It will be televised on local PBS affiliate KSMQ. Aside from the PBS talent show, James reached the semifinals at the Minnesota State Fair Talent Search and has a regular Thursday night spot at Country Nites Saloon in Hastings, where she performs her original songs and covers by her favorite country artists, while being chaperoned by her parents.

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    School District Facility Rentals

    ISD 200 reminds residents of the district that there is a Use of School Facilities Policy that encourages the use of school facilities by citizens living in the district. Use of facilities is through the use of permits issued by the district, and permits should be requested in a timely fashion. Every effort is made to work with organizations to ensure community needs are met. All community groups, including nonprofit organizations will be charged a permit fee for each permit requested. Complete details and permit applications are available online at

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    Mailbox Theft Concerns

    A rash of mail thefts in nearby Washington County prompted Woodbury police to issue a reminder to residents to watch for suspicious activity around mailboxes in your neighborhood. Law enforcement encourages anyone observing unusal behavior around mailboxes to call 911 immediately. They ask that you collect as much information about the individual and/or vehicle they are in (make, model, color, license plate) and share that with the dispatcher. Take a photo of the vehicle or person if you can. They also shared a service that may help residents keep track of their mail.

    The United States Postal Service can send you pictures of your daily mail before it shows up in your mailbox. This service allows you to keep track of the mail you should be receiving by seeing a greyscale photo of the mail destined to be delivered, allowing you to know if anything is missing. You can sign up for this service online at

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    Early Voting Begins Sept 21

    Early voting begins Friday, September 21st with Hastings voters able to cast their ballot for the November 6th elections. Polling places are at the Hastings Government Center and also at city Hall during regular business hours. The absentee ballot board will then meet at Hastings city hall twice per week, Tuesday and Fridays beginning on Tuesday, September 25th through November 2nd. The board is tasked with counting the absentee ballots and determining whether or not they are filled out correctly to be added into the official talley ending November 6th. If you have any questions on completing your absentee or early ballot, contact the deputy city clerk, Adeline Schroeder.

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    Council Considers Goat Weeding In City Limits

    The City Council of the City of Hastings will hold a public hearing on October 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hastings City Hall to consider certain changes to City Code Chapters 34 and 91 which involve the Fees and Temporary Keeping of Goats. The request was made by Ardent Mills to accomodate a small herd of contained goats to provide a method of addressing invasive buckthorn and other intrusive weeds growing on their property.

    The timeframe would be temporary and could not exceed 2 short installations not to exceed 2 times in one calendar year. A copy of the proposed changes are available at City Hall and on the city website within the City Council Packet for September 17, 2018; Item VI-04.

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    Prescott Public Works Meeting Sept

    The Prescott Public Works commission met on Monday, Sept 17- called to order by Alderperson Rob Daugherty . Alderperson Josh Gergen and City Administrator asl attended. The committee discussed the request from residents Randy Hansen and Chuck VanSchooven about the paving of a portion of the alley between Gibbs and Young Streets. They have gotten a bid from Chris Anfang to complete about 100 feet of the alley which would cost $2,000.

    The residents have offered to pay half, with the city paying the balance. Administrator Brand notes that this type of request has been made before with the preference by the city being to have the entire alley paved with costs assessed to the property owners . The Committee directed staff to look at getting an estimate for the entire alley. This would need to be a 2019 project due to the special assessment issue. They also prefer that a majority of the property owners would want the alley paved before making a decision. Other agenda topics covered in the meeting are detailed on our newspage at

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    Several topics were covered at the September 17th Prescott Public Works meeting including a request from residents on an alley paving as well as the farm land leasing agreement for the compost site. The committee including Rob Daugherty, Josh Gergen, City Administrator Jayne Brand and Public works employees who recommended that a two year lease continue for the farm land used for the compost site at the rate of 11,340 annually for 2019 and 2020 reflecting a 3% increase.

    Also on the agenda was a solicitation by Northfield WiFi to rent space for receiver equipment on the city water tower. The committee set the rate of $2,215 per month with a 5 year contract and a 3% annual increase in the fee. That proposal will be made to Northfield. There is currently a contract with AT&T and the committee examined sections of that agreement that will be forwarded to the city attorney then brought back to the full council.

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    Fasbender Reviews Development Decision

    Following the decision by the Hastings city council to deny the cluster development proposed by the Wallin Development team, we asked current Mayor Hicks for his viewpoint of the issue. We also querried former councilperson and current Mayoral Candidate Danna Elling Schultz as she was part of the council that did approve the 9 home plan in 2002 for the area, but was not part of the most recent decision, the 18th addition. Mayoral Candidate Mary Fasbender was also asked to weigh in as another possible voice that will be looking at future development issues for the city. I asked Fasbender her view of the decision.

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    She went on to share what is needed next.

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    DCTC Adds To Honors

    A trio of reasons to celebrate success at Rosemount based Dakota County Technical College as they have been ranked in the runner up position of community colleges in Minnesota by The Best Colleges organization. Best rates colleges and universities across the country in a range of categories, including subject, online courses, affordability and location. They were also chosen at the beginning of the year as the #8 online college in the state by Best Colleges and Brent Newville, a teacher in the Heavy Duty Truck Technology program was recognized this summer as the 2018 Minnesota Teachers of Transportation and Industrial Areas Instructor of the Year.

    The college notes they are poised to surpass enrollment records in their eight core study offerings which includes Business, Health and Education, Visual Arts, STEM, Transportaion and Marketing degrees. More than a quarter million students attend public colleges in the state with nearly 60 % of those enrolled in community or technical colleges. Two year schools allow anyone with a high school diploma or GED to enroll, and a reduced tutition price makes the choice popular for students of all ages, experiences and backgrounds.

    The fall semester got underway last month with enrollement for winter classes possible during their Open House on October 18th from 11am until 3 pm. Connect with them at 651-438-8000.

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    Detour During Highway ReDo

    The project that will impact drivers on Highway 55 at the Western Junction with County Road 42 has begun and will continue until November. The section affecting Hastings on County Road 46-47 is now completed allowing the detour route of Goodwin to CR 46 to Highway 52 as the alternate route west. The project seeks to improve safety and traffic flow at the junction of 42 and 55, with changes coming to lane and shoulder configuations in the plan. Links to find out more about the project will be posted on the KDWA news page.

    To learn more about the project please visit Dakota Countys project website . To receive email updates for this project, email Erin Borchert at . Please include "CP 42-146 Updates" in the subject line.

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    Dakota County Jail Record Sept 20

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, Dakota County deputies arrested 39-year-old Rosemount resident Anthony Joseph Cammisuli on misdemeanor charges of abuse and providing false identification to officers. An initial appearance in court for Cammisuli has been set for the 21st. Hastings officers have arrested 27-year-old Menomonie, WI resident Molly Lee Condon on a felony charge of financial transaction card fraud, and misdemeanor counts of simple and 5th degree assault. Condon is being held without bail as the charges are investigated. And officers in Burnsville arrested 28-year-old Farmington resident Mark Anthony Galatovich on felony charges of check forgery in Aitkin County, and violation of probation. Galatovich remains in custody as the charges are processed. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Pierce County Accident Injures One

    On Wednesday, September 19th at approximately 7:51 AM, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of County Road J near County Road N in the Township of Martell for a single vehicle crash with injuries. Scene investigation determined a 2015 Fiat 500, operated by Cole Hayes, 20, of Beldenville was traveling south on County Road J near County Road N when he failed to negotiate a curve, and entered the ditch causing the vehicle to overturn. Hayes was transported to the River Falls Area Hospital with undeterminded injuries. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Ellsworth Fire Department and the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service.    

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    Vehicles Collide Thursday Afternoon

    Following a heavy rainstorm, a KDWA community contributor sent us photos of an accident that took place at the intersection of Highway 55 and General Sieben Drive around 4 pm on Thursday. Several Emergency responders were called to the scene, however no information on the cause of the incident or those involved has yet been made available to us from Hastings EMT's or Police. Witnesses reported seeing the full size bus, a pick up truck and car stopped in the south bound lane of traffic just before entering the intersection. Children were seen walking off the bus which was stopped behind the pickup. It is not known if there were any injuries to occupants of the three vehicles involved. We will bring the more information to you as soon as we have it.

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    Apprentice Program Trains Drivers

    Enlisting a time-tested method of education, Metro Transit will turn to the Minnesota Appenticeship initiative to fill empty positions for bus drivers and mechanics. A partnership with the Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) the plan to actively recruit as many as 200 new employees in the coming years. Apprentices will be paid while training in an area with a high demand for workers.

    Currently, the metro transit service is nearly 90 drivers short of a full working force numbering 1,600. Starting pay is 19.94 per hour with benefits, and is one of a small number of jobs that offers a pension to part-time workers.

    The program will begin this month by enrolling 40 new Metro Transit bus operators. When the program reaches its peak with 200 apprentices, Metro Transit could become the state's largest apprenticeship program. For more information about the program, contact John Schadl at or call 651-308-6527.

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    Council Candidate Cherney

    Hastings City council candidate Tom Cherney appeared on our Wednesday In Depth program to provide some background on the skills he brings to the table in his bid to serve on the council. He first outlined the skills he has developed in his career.

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    Cherney also noted how building the future while preserving the past can be successful.

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    A rebroadcast of our In Depth conversation with City Council Candidate Tom cherney, this week on KDWA.

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    Dakota Co Jail Log Sept 19

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, authorities arrested 19-year-old Farmington resident Joseph Wayne Anderson on a misdemeanor charge of failing to stop after an accident involving property damage. Bail for Anderson has been set at $500 as the charge is investigated. Farmington Police arrested 55-year-old Farmington resident Peter Ford Benton on misdemeanor counts of obstruction of the legal process and 5th degree possession of marijuana, and a felony count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. Benton remains in custody as the charges are processed.

    Police in Hastings also detained 23-year-old Logan Russell Shoen on misdemeanor charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of an unlawful weapon. Shoen is being held without bail as the charges are investigated. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Donation Supports Dakota Health Resource

    Atomic Data, a Minneapolis-based IT Service company, has announced its support for the Dakota Child and Family Clinic (DCFC). Dakota Child and Family Clinic is a Minnesota-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion of health in Dakota County and the surrounding areas. Atomic Data donated $46,000 to assist the continued operation of the clinic, and has pledged, over time, to donate a total of $100,000 to further DCFCs mission.

    According to information published by Atomic Data, the Dakota Clinic recently faced a budget shortfall caused by illegal activities of the previous Finance Manager. CEO of Atomic Data, Jim Wolford, stated that after a thorough review of the Clinics bookkeeping procedures, it was learned that the clinic had cancelled all credit cards, brought in an independent CPA, and a new Director.

    According to Wolford, there is now a proper system of checks and balances in place to prevent any future mismanagement. Much of the clinics patient base has limited access to primary care. Many are uninsured or underinsured. Atomic Datas pledge will help DCFC produce better health outcomes, allowing patients to lead healthier and more productive lives.

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    Committee Seeks Heritage Park

    Members of the Heritage Park Committee have asked the City to consider using the land located between the Artspace Lofts building and the river for a park instead of allowing commercial or other uses to detract from the natural aspects of the area. Nearby Levee Park is located to the west of Tyler Street, and is also included within the definition of the National Park System. Board members have discussed the request with City Administration and await the results of remediation estimates to determine the value of the property and the potential for development that would preserve the history of Native Americans and other settlers of the area. The Heritage Park committee meets every 3rd Wednesday with their next meeting, held tonight, September 19th beginning at 7 pm. Spokesperson Deb Holdgrafer told KDWA of efforts made so far.

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    Members of the committee acknowledge testing is underway to determine what soil remediation may be necessary before anyone develops there and restates their goal.

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    Schultz Suggests Neighborhood Reps

    Following the decision to deny which was rendered by the Hastings City Council regarding the Walliin 18th Addition proposal of a cluster development, former councilmember and mayoral candidate Danna Elling Schultz, who attended the September 17th meeting, expressed her views on how to approach neighborhood issues differently

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    A disappointing decision made at Farmington, as the Homecoming Parade and Tiger cubs pep fest have been canceled for today, due to heavy rain and storms predicted for the afternoon. The game Friday night between the Farmington Tigers and the Rosemount Irish will be played at 7 pm, with a pre-game invitation for all Farmington Alumni to attend the All Class Reunion taking place at the Rambling River Ctr. Downtown Farmington, Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. The event is Organized by Farmington Community Education

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    Local Girl Raises Pumpkins For Patients

    Although Hannah Angerman is only be 8 years old, this Hastings girl has already learned the value of giving back. Hannah decided to grow and sell pumpkins to benefit other children who were being treated at Childrens' Hospital. The Pumpkins for Patients idea came after a brief visit to the care center, where Hannanh and her parents were impressed by the concern and loving treatment shown their family during their stay. Hannah's sister Emily spent time in the NICU just after her birth, and the dedication to children and their comfort was an unforgettable experience.

    This summer, a neighbor offered a small amount of land to plant the pumpkins with this season's crop topping 100 orange globes which Hannah is selling for 5 dollars each. Already the word has spread, with a twin cities television station just one of several media outlets eager to share this story of great heart. Hannah also has a Fundraising Page on Facebook- Hannah's Pumpkins for Patients. All donations will benefit Childrens' Hospital.

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    Council Denies Cluster Development

    In a lengthy meeting Monday night, the Hastings City council was tasked with the request brought by the Wallin Developers to place 14 villa homes in a subdivision that generally has much larger, higher value homes. Almost 30 neighbors attended the meeting representing those who live in and around Wyndham Hills, east of General Sieben Drive and who oppose the final plat request. The council made it's decision, voting unanimously to deny the request, even after approval by the planning commission. Following the meeting, Mayor Hicks offered his view on the councils decision. I first asked if he had concerns that a legal challenge could be made by the developer.   

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    As the mayor mentioned, Councilmember Lori Braucks had similar concerns.

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    In our next newscast, we ask questions of both on whether they believed this decision may impact future development.on how this decision

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    After the decision was rendered by an unanimous vote from the Hastings City Council, to deny the final plat for the Wallin 18th addition in Wyndham Hills, questions were asked of Mayor Paul Hicks as to whether the valuation of 400k made by the developer for the villa style homes was exaggerated, as suggested by the neighbors whose homes are generally much larger and valued between 500 and 800k.

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    One of the comments from the meeting was the concern that this decision will have an adverse impact on developers sought to be involved with projects such as the Vermillion street corridor. Mayor Hicks responds.

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    It was suggested that acceptance of the original 9 single family home on a larger lot plat could be re-submitted. There has been no comment from the developer on that prospect.

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    Teen Writing Contest Announced

    Beginning on October 1st, teens from 12 to 18 can enter the Teen Fan Fiction writing contest. Showcase your creative writing skills this October by submitting an original story - 3,000 words or fewer - that features your favorite characters or re-imagines part of a book. Contests for wo age categories- 12-14 and 15-18 will welcome original entries from teens, no matter where they live to enter at any Dakota County Library location, or online at the Library website. The writing must be by one author, only one entry per person, they must be submitted in English or with an English translation, and stories will not be returned after the contest. Dakota county library staff and immediate family are not eligible to enter. The Fan Fiction Contest is supported by the Dakota County Library Foundation. Deadline to submit your story is October 31st. Entrants should note that the Pleasant Hill Library will be temporarilly located in the Westview Mall until reconstruction is completed in April.

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    Anderson New Admin For Veterans Home

    The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that a new Administrator has been selected for the Veterans Home in Hastings. Michael Anderson takes over the role with seven years of experience in the health care sector. Prior to the new appointment, Anderson worked as the Executive Director at the Frazee Care Center, a part of Health Dimensions Group where he led overall operations that provided resident centered care. Anderson and his family will relocate from the Perham area and look forward to joining the community.

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    Atkins Compares Dak Co Stats

    Dakota County Commissioner Joe Atkins recently reported that Dakota County that carries no debt. The information, released in a newsletter, says that Dakota County has paid off all of its debts, which is a rarity in Minnesota and across the country. Commissioner Atkins also highlighted other economic facts about Minnesota, stating that in late July, Minnesota earned the Triple A gold standard of bond ratings from both Standard & Poor's and Fitch. In comparison, Wisconsin trails with a Double A rating from Standard and Poor's and a Double A+ from Fitch. Commissioner Atkins did give credit to Wisconsin for having its credit rating up from prior years.

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    In comparing Wisconsin and Minnesota, Atkins released information stating that Wisconsin businesses added 38,800 jobs over the past year, and Minnesota businesses outpaced Wisconsin by 11%, adding 43,100 new jobs over the same period. The median family income in Wisconsin is $55,638. The median family income in Minnesota is 14.1% more, at $63,488, and the median family income in Dakota County is $78,662. Commissioner Atkins cited sources such as CNBC, Time, and Pew Trusts for his data in the comparisons.

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    Prescott Police Log Sept 17

    From the Prescott Police blotter, officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Cherry Street and Highway 10 for defective tail lamps. During the course of the stop it was discovered that the driver, 29-year-old Hastings resident Hunter Ray-Crawford Jones was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and officers issued citations to Crawford. A call for an unwanted subject in the 700 block of Shane Park Circle resulted in the arrest of 29-year-old Prescott resident Matthew Dennis Smith by Pierce County deputies on a warrant. Smith was also cited for possession of marijuana.

    And a traffic stop near the intersection of Hilton And Hope Streets resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Prescott resident Brandon Robert Kaase on a hold issued by authorities. Kaase was also cited for driving after revocation of his license. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Washington County Sheriff Reserve Training

    The Washington County Sheriff's Office is recruiting for volunteer reserves to assist with lake and river patrols, natural disaster response, traffic and crowd control, water patrol safety presentations, missing person searches and crime scene security. The ideal candidates are highly motivated individuals who want to give back by spending meaningful time in an activity dedicated to community welfare and safety.

    Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and insurance, pass a background investigation and be able to respond to call-outs. Interested reserve candidates need to apply by October 5th. The selected reserve recruits will be expected to attend the Washington County Reserve Academy on Monday evenings from 6pm-9pm February-May. Interviews will be scheduled to take place in November. Contact the Washington County Sheriff's office or contact Sgt. Schenck at or 651 430 7864.

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    Absentee Ballot Info

    Registering to receive an absentee ballot is as easy as 1-2-3. Thanks to the Minnesota website, MnVotes, a brief application can make it possible to vote in State, National and county elections. To complete the application online you must: Be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota, Provide an email address and Provide your identification number which may be a Minnesota issued driver's license a Minnesota ID card or using the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number

    If you do not have an email address and one of the identification numbers above, you cannot apply for your absentee ballot online. You may apply with a paper absentee ballot application.

    If you already submitted your application, do not submit another one online; use the Absentee Ballot Lookup to find out where your absentee ballot is in the process, or contact your county election office.

    Ballots will be sent starting September 21 for the 2018 General Election. and note, your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS). You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters.

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    Alleyway Construction Utilities Progress

    That light at the end of a tunnel anology may be applied to the final stage of the Riverfront Renaissance. Public Works Director Nick Egger shares some details on the worklist for the upcoming week in the alley area behind the 100 block of 2nd Street which has been under construction to reconfigure utilities from the commercial and residential Comcast will continue their procedures to convert all buildings over to underground service and remove their old facilities off of poles. CenturyLink has work remaining to convert all building services to underground feeds and then will remove their old lines from the poles.

    Private electrical service reconfiguration work will also continune. The project coordinators anticipates that all services will be converted by the end of September. After all new underground services of all utilities are completed and activated, Xcel Energy will have one more underground system tie-in to do at the east end of the alley, and will then begin removing the power poles. CenterPoint Energy may deploy a subcontractor to the site for construction of the structure around the pressure equipment near the eastern dumpster enclosure. Restoration and landscaping/finishing work by the Citys prime contractor has been rescheduled to occur in October.

    The alley remains closed to traffic and remaining work will necessitate the reopening to be the last to occur to keep those workers safe. Those with any questions on the process should see the link found on the city website under seasonal reminders and construction projects.

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    Neighbors Weary After Summer Construction

    Neighbors who are in the middle of the summer utility replacement, termed the Neighborhood Infrastructure project, have had a long and challenging summer.Piles of dirt where lawns had been, equipment and heavy machinery in nearly every sightline and on Thursday, September 13th, the second gas line break, have homeowners crying uncle. City Engineer Ryan Stempski addressed the latest issue and the city's response to the event.

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    Stempski continued that the contractor is prepared for such events.

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    Emergency issues aside, the scope of such repair is certainly invasive, with driveways blocked and access tested, especially during heavy rain. Stempski notes that a few weeks remain before all work is completed underground. Several alleys are closer to completion and that , he says will increase access to those waiting for a return to normal. Those seeking updates on the project should view the link found on the City Of Hastings Website

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    Superintendent Collins Praises Early Childhood Ed

    On Friday's Tim Collins show, Superintendent Collins talked on the subject of early childhood vocabulary by reading and talking to toddlers.

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    Collins went on to say how the process prepares children for school.

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    Hear the Tim Collins Show live on Fridays during the school year, with a rebroadcast Mondays, on KDWA.

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    Hedin Named CNC Volunteer Of Year

    Lisa Hedin has been named the Carpenter Nature Center Volunteer of the Year for 2018. Since first volunteering in 2005, Hedin has logged over 1,000 hours of time with the Center, helping in areas such as Adopt-A-Highway cleanups, teaching nature education classes, and special events. Hedin also serves as the liaison between the Center and the Riverside Router 4H Club. The Carpenter Nature Center extends its grateful thanks to Hedin for her dedication, sincerity, integrity, and all the work she has done in support of CNC.

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    Cherney On Council Race

    With elections looming closer, KDWA News checked in with candidate for Hastings City Council, Tom Cherney, who reports that the campaign trail keeps him busy.

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    Hear more with Tom Cherney on an upcoming broadcast of Community In Depth.

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    Former Coach Charged With Sexual Conduct

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Alfred John O'Neill, age 61, of Savage, has been charged with one count of felony criminal sexual conduct in the 3rd Degree in connection with an alleged sexual relationship he had in 1988 and 1989 with a minor girl he was coaching at the time at the Burnsville Swim Club. The criminal complaint alleges that a woman contacted the Burnsville Police Department to report that during the timeframe of 1988 and 1989 she had been sexually abused on multiple occasions by her former swimming coach, whom she identified as O'Neill. The victim stated that her willingness to report this sexual abuse followed a recent contact she had with an individual from Safe Sport, a non-profit organization charged with investigating and responding to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic organizations. When questioned by police, O'Neill admitted that he had sexual contact with the victim, but stated that it had occurred after she had reached the age of 18. O'Neill was arrested on September 12th, and made his first court appearance on this charge on September 13th. Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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    More On Chief Lindquist Removal

    The recent dismissal of Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist allegedly centers around the purchase of $18,000 in gun-mounted cameras for officers on the Farmington Police Force. According to published reports, members of the City Council were apparently unsatisfied with the decision to purchase the cameras. Messages among the members and City Administrator David McKnight indicate the council members felt the purchase should have been discussed at the council level during budget meetings last fall. There is no indication of work performance or disciplinary issues with Lindquist, but he did sign off on a separation agreement with the City, effective August 24th that included a severance package valued at $125,744. The City is currently in the process of selecting a new Chief.

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    Learning Buddies Get Back To School

    Students in 47 schools and nine districts across Dakota, Scott and Ramsey counties will once again have the unique opportunity to benefit from the DARTS Learning Buddies program, now in its 22nd year. The Learning Buddies program provides an intergenerational approach to learning by connecting older adult volunteers from the local community with Kindergarten through 8th grade students in classrooms on a weekly basis. Facilitated by DARTS and funded primarily by Flint Hills Resources, the Learning Buddies program has 130 volunteers that serve 212 Minnesota classrooms.

    Studies have shown that intergenerational learning is beneficial to both students and adults. Because of the one-on-one setting, Learning Buddies help meet students' individual needs, encouraging them to ask questions and develop a deeper understanding of what they are studying. In turn, older adults who regularly interact with children are more likely to show delayed mental decline, lower blood pressure, and overall increased happiness. For complete info, or to volunteer, visit the Learning Buddies page at

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    School Traffic Safety Priority

    As school routines are being established, District 200 parents are asked to observe the traffic regulations regarding the drop off and pick up of students from all school buildings including the Middle School and Pinecrest campus, which have some common roadways. The Middle School has a dedicated bus drop off area, located on the northern side of the building while parents may choose to drop off or pick up students from the north and south sides, provided they follow signage that separates loading areas for student safety. The Pinecrest campus routes bus service to the south and west, while parent vehicles are allowed on the north and east only. Overflow parking for sports activities and events held in the Auditorium may be used after regular school hours as posted. The District has a traffic flow map on their website providing a visual description that shows the details clearly. Anyone with questions or concerns about traffic near the schools should contact the District office. 651-480-7000.

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    LeDuc Paranormal Presentation

    Hastings Community Education invites everyone to the LeDuc Historic Estate on Thursday, October 25th and hear a presentation by Dakota County Historical Society Executive Director Matthew Carter about William LeDucs interest in spirituality and sances while living in the residence. From 6 to 8 PM, Carter will talk about the history of the estate and the interest of the paranormal aspect of the property, even to the interest of investigators of today. Cost for the session is $15, and register online at

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    Dakota Co Jail Log Sept 12

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, Dakota County deputies have arrested 66-year-old Hastings resident John Charles Cline on a misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to a minor. Cline was booked and released pending the investigation. Officers in Lakeville detained 32-year-old Rosemount resident Ryan James Hemker on 3 felony charges of drug possession, a felony charge of sale of narcotics and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. Hemker is being held without bail as the charges are processed. And, in separate incidents, Hastings Police arrested 39-year-old Travis Aaron Karnick, and 47-year-old Tesfaye Demissew Kebede, both of Hastings, on misdemeanor charges of assault. Both remain in custody as their charges are processed. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Afton Mayor Delays Celebration

    Afton Mayor Richard Bend recently announced that the City Council in Afton has learned that due to a funding shortfall, an interim bond will not be able to be paid off before coming sue in 2020, meaning the bond will need to be refinanced. In a statement in the Afton Newsletter, Mayor Bend said he had hoped to be celebrating the complete payoff of all of Aftons bonding debt, but the celebration will have to be delayed. Bend also said, While I and many of the 90% of Afton residents who live outside the Old Village care most about our immediate neighborhoods, we can nonetheless take great pride in having insured that all parts of Afton meet the highest aesthetic, environmental, and living standards.

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    Senior Development Approved

    The City Council of Prescott unanimously approved the site plans for a proposed senior citizen assisted living facility at its meeting Monday evening. The Prescott Planning Commission recently deliberated the plans and gave their recommendation for approval during regular meeting of the Commission. Plans for construction of the Senior Select Living of Prescott will now move forward for the facility located on Orrin Road, between Dollar General and the New Adventures Learning Center. The approved plans address issues of grading, utility, soil erosion control, landscape, building, and storm water.

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    Heritage Preservation Commission Mtg

    The regular meeting of the Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission will take place on Monday, September 18th in the Volunteer Room of City Hall. The meeting begins at 7 pm with approval of the June 19th minutes. A committee meeting held on August 21st will also present a summary. Information and reports will take place next with new exterior lighting request at 200 2nd street east. Updates on the Masonry work currently underway at City Hall as well as on the roofing for the LeDuc Estate will then be provided. The last topic is consideration of the appointment for a New Commissioner that will be forwarded to the September 17th City Council meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on October 16th.

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    Council Questioned On Asbestos Cleanup

    During the Prescott City Council meeting, held on September 10th, comments were heard from residents concerning property issues. Thomas Langenfeld spoke before the council to ask for abatement of all or part of more than 8,000 assessment incurred due to curb and gutter installation on the corner of Orrin and Henry. He also asked for recusal of 2 alderpersons and the city attorney from the decision as he is currently in lititgation against the city and he felt a biased position would make a fair judgement impossible. The council chose not to act on his request.

    Randy Hansen who resides on Gibbs Street also addressed the Council concerning a proposal for the city to work with him in the paving of a remaining portion of his alley, noting that gravel repair has been ineffectual and costly over several years, and suggesting that he and the adjoining property owner could divide half of a $2,000 cost amongst them. The issue was moved onto public works for a fesibility discussion.

    Mr. Langenfeld then returned to address the council on the significance of asbestos related to the proposed Vista Croix project, which was the former site of the Steamboat Inn.

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    There was no update on that project, according to City Administrator Brand.

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    HHS Open House Thursday

    Open House will be held at the Hastings High School tonight from 6:30-9pm.It is a great way to get to meet your student's teachers at the beginning of the school year, be introduced briefly to the content, experience passing time between classes and see the classrooms in which your child will learn. From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. will be the Parent Portal sign up (if needed), a chance to visit the School Store and make a Yearbook purchase. From 7:00 to 7:15 p.m. - there will be a Welcome in the commons, with brief information and an explanation of the schedule for the Open House. From 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. parents may follow their childs schedule on a mini-schedule - report to your childs period 1 class by 7:20 p.m., attend each class for 10 minutes with 5 minutes passing between periods and meet each of your childs teachers & connect on any special issues. Entrance is the lower level east doors.

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    Stoffel Honor For City Communication

    An announcement fromThe City of Hastings, whose Communications Coordinator, Lee Stoffel, received a Leaders in Local Government Award presented by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and East Metro Chamber Partners. Stoffel was recognized for her work in the category of Marketing and Communications. Nominees selected exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence and success in local government. Ms. Stoffel was nominated for her outstanding work in continually moving the City's communication efforts forward with fun and effective use of social and traditional media. Stoffel joined the city staff in 2013.

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    Municipal Fees To Rise Says MET Council

    According to recently published information from the Metropolitan Council, the overall municipal wastewater charge to the 109 communities served by the Council's regional wastewater collection and treatment system will go up 3.5% in 2019. The sewer availability charge, paid by properties hooking up to the system for the first time or expanding their demand on the system, will stay flat for the fifth year in a row. On July 25, the Council approved the 2019 wastewater rates and charges, providing communities adequate time to set their 2019 budgets. User fees fund the regional wastewater system; no tax dollars are involved. The municipal wastewater charge is a wholesale charge to each community, based on that community's metered share of the overall flow into the regional system. Communities, in turn, calculate their local costs and charge their residents accordingly. For the Council's industrial customers, the industrial strength charge and industrial discharge permit fee will go up 3.4% and 3.5%, respectively. Data from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies show that residents in the Twin Cities metro region pay between 35% and 40% less for their wastewater services than residents of other metro areas with similarly sized regional systems.

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    Pierce County Accidents Injure Two

    On Sunday, September 9th, at approximately 1:20AM, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a single vehicle crash with possible injury on County Highway K near 840th Ave. in Trenton Township. Scene investigation determined that Austin Smith, 29 from Burnsville, MN was operating a 2016 Nissan Versa when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the roadway, and struck a culvert causing the vehicle to become airborne. The vehicle came to rest in the South ditch of Highway K. Smith was transported to Red Wing Mayo Clinic by Red Wing Ambulance Service with undetermined injuries. The Wisconsin State Patrol and the Red Wing Ambulance Service assisted the Pierce County Sheriff's Office at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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    On Sunday, September 9, at 2:51pm, Prescott officers were dispatched to an ATV crash at the intersection of Kinnickinnic and Flora Street in the City of Prescott. Officers arrived on scene and located an ATV in the street. The ATV was operated by John Paul Lubich, age 28, of Prescott. Lubich was transported to the River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries. After Lubich was medically cleared by hospital staff he was transported to the Pierce Co Jail due to a violation of rules of probation, set by the Department of Corrections. The crash remains under investigation. Prescott officers were assisted by the Prescott Station of River Falls Ambulance, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, and Prescott Fire and Rescue.

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