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Hastings Doctor Nominated for Minnesota Award

Doctor Aubrey Schock has been nominated for the 2015 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year Award. A physician at Allina Health Hastings, Schock was nominated for the annual award given by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians to a family doctor who represents the highest ideals of the specialty of family medicine, including caring, comprehensive medical service, community involvement and service as a role model. President of Allina Health Regina Hospital Ty Erickson responds to the nomination.

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Slavik Talks About Whitetail Woods

Dakota County 1st District Commissioner Mike Slavik looked at the highlights of 2014 on a recent In Depth program at KDWA. One of the top accomplishments was the Whitetail Park opening. We hear just what the response has been to the new area.

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We also gained some perspective of just what the new recreational area contains.

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Commissioner Slavik also informed us of an upcoming change in making reservations of the park's facilities.

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You can find out more about Whitetail Woods at the Dakota County website.

   

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

State Representative Denny McNamara and State Senator Katie Sieben will hold two town hall meetings in the area over the next week. Senator Sieben gives the details.

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Senator Seiben also talked about some of the issues that she expects to be brought up.

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New Reserve Officers Sworn In

The Hastings City Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 20th. The Council's first order of business was the swearing in of new Reserve Police Officers. Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer introduced the new officers.

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Hastings Cable Franchise Transfer

The City Council approved the transfer of the Hastings cable franchise to a new cable tv provider pending federal approval of the merger between Comcast and Time-Warner. Attorney Brian Grogan representing the City of Hastings explains how the possible outcomes will affect the Hastings cable franchise.

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Town Hall Meeting on Saturday

State Representative Denny McNamara and State Senator Katie Sieben will hold a town hall meeting in Hastings. McNamara form Hastings and Sieben from Cottage Grove will discuss key issues that are expected to be debated during the 2015 Legislative session. The public is strongly encouraged to attend the meeting at City Hall on Saturday, January 24 from 9:00-10:30am and make their voices heard.

   

Hastings Varsity Show Choir Wins in Onalaska, WI

Another weekend and another big win for the Hastings Varsity Show Choir. All three performance groups of the Hastings Show Choirs participated in the Onalaska Invitational on Saturday. The junior or prep division, represented by Divaz and Upstage Revolution, resulted in a 3rd place trophy won by Upstage, under the first year direction of Michelle Braun. In the Varsity Division, Riverside Company took another top prize for their presentation in addition to receiving the best choreography award, best vocals award and best back up band. The choirs continue their schedule with competition for Riverside on January 30th in Nebraska followed by all choirs traveling to LaCrosse Logan High School on Valentine's Day, February 14th. (Photo by Heide Williams)

   

New Hires for Hastings Fire Department

The City of Hastings has hired 12 new paid-on-call firefighter/EMT staff. The new hires started work with the City on January 5th. Those with current certification have already been integrated into department operations and call response. The rest are attending Firefighter I training at Century College. The training is being paid for by a grant from Century College. The City will introduce the new employees at the February 17th Council meeting.

   

Tougher Visitor Protocol Coming to Hastings Schools

Safety is a top concern in district 200 and Hastings Middle School Principal Mark Zuzek tells KDWA about changes that are coming to ensure a better level of protection in area schools.

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Zuzek explains the current procedure for visitors to the schools.

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We asked how the new system will be implemented.

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The program will be introduced at one school before implementing district wide. Stay tuned to KDWA for more information about the new security program.

   

Hastings Receives $980,000 for Hudson Building Project

The Metropolitan Council has approved $7.5 million in grants to projects throughout the metro area. The City of Hastings has received a $980,000 grant from the Met Council for site enhancements at the redevelopment of the historic Hudson Manufacturing Building in downtown. The 100,000-square-foot project will include 56 units of rental and ownership housing, community events space, arts-related uses, recreational outfitters, food service, and a major public riverfront landing connection to the river's trail system and the Hastings Station of the planned Red Rock Corridor. The investment outcome anticipates the creation of jobs and affordable housing and the leverage of more public and private investment in the community.

   

Hastings Community Survey Results

Hastings residents are among the most satisfied in the Metro area. That's according to the 2014 Community Survey conducted by the Morris Leatherman Company that was presented to the Hastings City Council at its January 5th meeting. Bill Morris of the survey company interprets the results for the council.

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Complete results of the survey can be found on the city's website: hastingsmn.gov.

   

Online Options for HFS' "Adopt-A-Family

Project Share's support of Hastings Family Service and its Adopt-a-family program was aided in this recent holiday season by an online sign-up that allowed adopters to go online and choose a family based on the size they wanted to adopt. Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop explains.

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Hastings Remembers Jerry Dempsey

As you've been hearing on KDWA, former State Representative Jerry Dempsey passed away early Wednesday morning. Colleagues and friends have expressed their sadness at the passing of this Hastings luminary. We spoke with Principal Mark Zuzek, who remembers Dempsey and adds his respect for Dempsey's many years in Hastings Schools.

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We also heard from former Hastings Superintendent Ken Lacroy who mentioned the hard work and ability to getting important legislation passed that ultimately improved the quality of the schools throughout the state.

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Hastings High School Assistant principal Bob Majeski remembers Jerry's contribution to this district.

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Continuing the remembrance of Jerry Dempsey, Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks had some words to say.

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State Representative Denny McNamara expressed his sorrow for the passing of the former State Representative.

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Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom commented on the loss of a great man to the Hastings community.

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Gobble Gait Brings Record Donations

The 2014 Gobble Gait charity run brought in a record amount of donations for the second year in a row. Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop explains.

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BREAKING: Jerry Dempsey Passes Away

The family of former State Representative Jerry Dempsey informed KDWA News that Jerry passed away early Wednesday morning. Colleagues and friends have expressed their sympathies to the family in numerous calls to our station today. In addition to his work from 1993 to 2006 in the state legislature, Mr. Dempsey was also a former middle school principal and high school social studies teacher. Tentative funeral arrangements have been set for visitation at SEAS on Friday from 4-8pm with the service to be held on Saturday at 10:30am. We will have more on this breaking story as it becomes available.

   

John Kline Visiting Hastings and Farmington January 20th

U.S. Congressman John Kline will be setting up "Mobile Offices" in Hastings and Farmington on Tuesday, January 20th. Kline, who represents Minnesota's 2nd district including Dakota County, will have staff on hand to answer questions and help constituents with any problems they may be experiencing with federal agencies without having to visit his Burnsville office. The Mobile Office will be open at Hastings City Hall from 10:00 to 11:00am and at the Farmington Library from 1:30-2:30pm. Residents from those towns and nearby communities can get help navigating government bureaucracy in everything from obtaining a passport or visa to information on social security, Medicaid/Medicare and veterans benefits to inquiring about federal education aid, grants, and loans. For more information go to kline.house.gov.

HFD Responds to Shed Fire

The Hastings Fire Department was called to a shed fire on Wednesday, January 7th. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt talks about the department's response.

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Chief Schutt goes on to give details of the fire's cause.

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Crime Alert from the BCA

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has issued a crime alert. The alert was issued in response to a series of fraudulent phone calls made to area residents with the caller representing themselves as an officer from the Chisago County Sheriff's department. The caller informs the resident that there is a warrant requiring payment by credit card to satisfy a fee due and that the resident should leave immediately from their home and turn themselves in at the sheriff's office. The caller has identified themselves as Deputy Arrowwood, Deputy Bray or Lieutenant Hernandez in previous calls. The calls have been received in multiple counties and the sheriff suggests contacting your local law enforcement if you receive any requests to give personal information or payment over the phone by credit card to an unknown caller. As a reminder, the sheriff does not contact people by phone for such matters and anyone who receives a suspicious call of this type can call 651-319-7309.

   

How Will the Cable TV Merger Affect Hastings?

The Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to review the proposed merger of cable TV giants Comcast and Time Warner on Monday, January 12th. Hastings cable access Channel 14 Executive Director Tom Wright talks about how the likely merger will affect Hastings cable customers.

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"Give Kids A Smile" on February 6th

The New Art of Dentistry and Midwest Dental in Hastings will offer free dental appointments. The free service is part of the 13th annual "Give Kids a Smile" program coordinated by the Minnesota Dental Association and the United Way of Hastings. Mari Mellick, Executive Director at the United Way of Hastings talks about the program.

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Thursday's Weather Causes More Accidents

Inclement weather caused a few accidents on Thursday the 8th. Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer gives us an update.

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Prescott Begins Process of Selecting New Superintendent

The Prescott School Board met on Wednesday, January 7th to discuss the beginning of the process to select a new Superintendent. School Board Vice President Mike Matzek told KDWA news the results of the special meeting.

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Matzek goes on to explain how long the process is expected to take

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We asked if there were any applicants who had shown an interest in the position.

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Hastings School Board Chooses Chairman for 2015

The Hastings School Board chose a chairman for 2015 at an organizational meeting on Wednesday, January 7th. Independent School District 200 Superintendent Tim Collins made the announcement.

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The Board's first regular meeting of 2015 will be held on January 21st. Information on addressing the School Board can be found at the school website.

   

Cord Safety for Cold Weather

For many, the cold weather brings heavier electricty use and that means extra precautions should be taken with electrical cords. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt explains.

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Regina Ranked Highly in Consumer Reports Magazine

Regina Medical Center in Hastings is ranked among the top 30 out of over 2500 hospitals in the U.S. rated for patient safety and respect by Consumer Reports magazine. Regina Medical Center's Manager of Quality and Performance Improvement Taylor Burke talks about the hospital's dedication to its patients.

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