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Hastings Fire Department's 74th Annual Booya!

The Hastings Fire Department's 74th Annual Booya was a big hit on Sunday, September 14th at KC Hall. There were lots of people in attendance, and parking was at a premium. The Booya wasn't just celebrated by Hastings folks, Scott Ganrud, from Cloqet Minnesota, was at the Booya.

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Accident by Coborn's

On Saturday, September 13th, there was a car accident by Corborn's in Hastings. Emergency crews responded to the scene, and Fire Chief Mike Schutt, goes over the details.

(Photo Courtesy of Steve Hintz)

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Star Wars Themed Convention In Hastings

The 6th Annual Charity Con is taking place on September 19th from 6pm-10pm at the Army National Guard building in Hastings. This event started out as a group of friends wanting to rent a hall to watch all of the Star Wars movies, but became a local Star Wars Convention to raise money for Hastings Family Service's food shelf. Keith Garrick organized this event and has more details.

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Hastings Fire Department's 74th Annual Booya!

The Hastings Fire Department's 74th Annual Boo-ya will be taking place at the Knights of Columbus Hall this weekend, on September 14th. The very first Boo-ya took place back in 1940, and while there have been a few changes to the recipe over the years, the Boo-ya is still cooked in the same kettles. Booya Co-Chair, Chris Paulson, with the Booya details.

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Friends of the Library

During the weekend of September 19th through the 21st, the will be having their annual Used Book Sale. Friday and Saturday, from 10am - 4:30pm, and on Sunday from 1pm untill 3pm, you can go into Pleasant Hill Library, in Hastings, and purchase books. the Friends of the Library has been helping raise money to support the library since the old building burned down in 1993. Mary Leeder, President of the Friends of the Library, goes over the details.

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204th Area Support Medical Company Preparing to Deploy

More than 40 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 204th Area Support Medical Company are scheduled to attend a departure ceremony at Park High School in Cottage Grove on Saturday, September 13th, at 11am. The Ceremonty is in preparation for a nine-month deployment to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and the public is invited to attend. Lieutenant Johathan Vang, Commander of the 204th Area Support Medical Company, with the deployment details.

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Well Water Test Kits

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Dakota County are trying to learn more about the occurrence of nitrate and manganese in private drinking water wells to better protect local families from an excess of the contaminants. That means private well owners in select areas of Dakota County will soon receive a free water testing kit to help determine if the water is safe for drinking. There is no charge for the nitrate testing,the results are private, and will be mailed back to well owners. Ground Water Protection Supervisor for Dakota County, Jill Trescott, with the details.

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Donate and Have a Chance to Win Vikings Tickets

The Langenfeld Foundation is offering a chance to see the upcoming Minnesota Vikings game versus the New England Patriots, for anyone who donates to their charity. The foundation was created to open more opportunities for people with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities, as well as wounded veterans. Founder and President Paul Langenfeld explains the giveaway.

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Prescott Daze Parade

The city of Prescott celebrated PRESCOTT DAZE last weekend. The weather was beautiful and events were held throughout the town. Pictured is the Prescott High School Marching Band, one of 73 units in Sunday's Prescott Daze parade.

   

The Death Rattle of the Confederacy

"The Death Rattle of the Confederacy" took place on Saturday, September 6th, and Sunday, September 7th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the LeDuc mansion. This was a Civil War themed weekend. LeDuc Site Manager, Amy Deaver, goes over the weekend events.

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Prescott Daze Street Dance

During Prescott Daze this past weekend, the Street Dance on Friday, September 5th, "Bad Habits Brass, an 11 piece Motown Funk band, was the reatured bank. Steven Clatyon and Ben Allen, from the band, talk about playing for Prescott Daze.

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Kyle Olson and Justen Thelen, a couple of Prescott Daze visitors from Farmington, told us about how they were having fun at the Friday Dance.

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Prescott High School Ground Breaking Ceremony

On Friday, September 5th, the Prescott School District held the Ground Breaking Ceremony for thier new High School. It took some time for the school distict of convince the voters of Prescott to approve the bond issue to build the new High school. Prescott school superintendent, Roger Hulne, talks about the ceremony and the new school.

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While talking with a couple of seniors from Prescott, there was a strong consensus that the city needs a new school. 17-year-old, Garrett Ryan, explains why he feels the school is needed.

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Prescott Daze

Prescott Daze is coming up this weekend, September 5th through 7th, and Chairperson for Prescott Daze Char Magee has all of the details.

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The Art of Story Telling With David Geister

On Friday, September 5th, from 7-8pm the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center, in Prescott, will be hosting the Art of Story Telling With David Geister. Geister is a local artist, a historical re-enactor, and has a wealth of historical knowledge. Freedom Park Executive Director, Jessica Bierbrauer, talks about the program.

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Watercolor Paintings Exhibit at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center

Starting on Thursday, September 4th and running through October 12th, the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center will be having an art exhibit with water color painter, Brian Doolittle of River Falls. Freedom Park Executive Director, Jessica Bierbrauer, has all the details.

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Ride United

The United Way of Hastings held their first "Ride United" event this past Saturday, August 30th. United Way of Hastings Executive Director Mari Mellick tells us more about the success of the event.

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Prescott Planning Commission Meeting on Sept 2nd

The Prescott Planning Commission will be meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd, for thier regular scheduled meeting at 6:30pm in Prescott City Hall. City Administrator, Jayne Brand, goes over the meeting's agenda.

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Hastings City Council Meeting on September 2nd

The Hastings City Council will be meeting for a regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd, in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 7pm. Hastings Mayor, Paul Hicks, goes over the night's agenda.

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2nd Annual Teachers Luncheon

On Wednesday, August 27th, the Prescott Chamber of Commerce had their 2nd Annual Teachers Luncheon, to welcome new teachers to the school district. This year there were 12 new teachers who participated, as well as 14 chamber members. The event was held at Carbone's Pizzeria and Trisha Huber, from the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, has the Luncheon details.

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Ride United On Saturday, August 30th

The United Way of Hastings' 1st Annual Ride United Motorcyle Ride and Poker Run will be happening tomorrow, Saturday, August 30th. The ride will begin at 11am at the Point Restaurant, and there will even be a Party Bus for people who don't have a motorcycle but still would like to participate. United Way Executive Director, Mari Mellick, has all the details.

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River City Revue

On Friday, August 22nd, the River City Revue was a chance to paddle in a voyageur canoe while taking in lovely views of the Mississippi River from Hastings to Prescott. Freedom Park Executive Director, Jessica Bierbrauer, took part in the Revue and talks about it.

(Photo Courtesy of Mississippi River Fund)

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Primary Election Recount Results

On Thursday, August 21st the Primary Election vote recount took place at 9am at the County Administration Center in Hastings. The recount was requested by Terry Donnelly, who lost by 11 votes. According to the Dakota County Voting Office, the results of the recount were exactly the same as the original count of Mike Slavik with 1940 votes, Mark Henry with 640, and Terry Donnelly with 629. That means Mike Slavik and Mark Henry will be opponents in the General Election on Tuesday, November 4th.

   

AAUW Scholarship Winner: Amanda Pass

The Hastings Branch American Association of University Women has been giving out college scholarhips to top ranking seniors since 1971. On May 19th, AAUW announced Hastings Senior, Amanda Pass, as the winner of their annual scholarship. Hastings Branch AAUW Chairwoman of Funds Jan Junkman tells us more.

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Father Cole Kracke Day: August 28th

On Sunday, August 24th after the 9:30 am mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church,Father Cole was surprised by Mayor Hicks with an early birthday gift. Mayor Hicks proclaimed that Thursday, August 28th would be Fr. Cole Kracke Day. Hicks tells us more.

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Father Cole talks about the surprise gift.

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Saturday Night Cruise-In

The Hastings Saturday Night Cruise-In took place this past Saturday night on August 23rd. There were all sorts of vehicles there from old police cars, vintage cars, and even Mater from Disney's Cars. Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer gives a recap of the evening.

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