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    City To Issue GO Bonds For Riverfront Cost

    City Councilmember Lori Braucks introduced the following resolution intending to issue 2.6 million dollars in General Obligation Bonds determined to be necessary to finance the Riverfront Renaissance Improvements. The official process requires publication of the proposal to give the public opportunity to oppose the resolution. At least 5 percent of the voting total of the last election would need to sign a petition against the issuance of the bonds. The notice was first published on August 15th in the Hastings Star Gazette and appeared again, as required in this week's paper. The resolution has not been challenged by petition as of this broadcast. The move is now able to proceed with action to be announced at the September 6th City Council meeting. Details on a timeline or how the process will be rolled out is not known at this time. We have asked for more information from the city which will be provided on an upcoming broadcast.

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    Posted 08/26/16

    New Allina Clinic Prepares for Build

    Allina Health wants to begin construction soon on the new 50,000 square foot clinic building that will occupy a space just west of the current WalMart in a field that most recently grew soybeans. The parcel of land was annexed into the city limits from Ninninger Township early this year and will expand the boundaries due to the sale from Conzemius Dairy to the West. A new road , Dakota Summit Drive will connect Hwy 55 with 4th Street and divide the massive WalMart parking lot with the proposed massively sized clinic lot. During the Hastings Planning commission, much discussion centered on the proposed parking area, totaling 346 spaces, deemed necessary as explained by Mortensen builder's representative, Jeremy Jacobs

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    The proposal will be forwarded to the City council at the September 6th meeting for a public hearing , with approval possible by a vote on September 19th.

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    Posted 8/26/16

    Ribbon Cutting For New LOOP Bus

    The debut and ribbon cutting ceremony took place for the new Loop Circulator Bus that will take to the streets in Hastings beginning on Tuesday, September 6th at 9AM. DARTs President Ann Bailey and Director of Transportation Courtney Whited joined a bevy of dignataries to unveil this new mode of transport. Creating Connections is the montra espoused by DARTS and the Hastings bus will make the estimated one hour loop to connect travelers with shopping, medical appointments, residential bases and entertainment locations peppering the route. Open to all, the organization committee expects high usage by the senior community, but for a five dollar fee, everyone can take advantage of the circulating bus that intends to make a start in connecting the community in a brand new way. Schedules will be available at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce 314 Vermillion St., and also at City Hall. A version will be posted online as well at the City Website.

       

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    Posted 08/26/16

    Prescott Approves Upgrades

    A lengthy meeting found member of the Prescott City Council in a quandry of what to do with aging and in some cases, failing equipment such as heating and cooling systems installed in city buildings. Jayne Brand, provided a brief recap of the needs and solutions presented by several sources to upgrade HVAC and energy producing solar options in city structures. Nearly 1.2 million would be needed to cover the most immediate on the list. Brand explains how a decision was reached to address wants versus needs.

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    While the entire proposal is still under consideration, the most urgent need was addressed.

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    With that work approved, a companion item was also approved

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    The approved portion will likely get underway soon, to have the work done by the heating season.

       

    Posted 08/25/16

    Costco Eyes Wash Co Site

    The notice was made of a public meeting that will take place to discuss an application that would place a 164,000 square foot Costco in the northeast corner of Tamarack Road and Weir Drive in Woodbury. The chain has long been rumored to have interest in the location, but information released Tuesday confirms at least the preliminary steps are underway to determine local support. The location would bring a third warehouse mainstay to the eastern edge of the state, stores currently located in Burnsville and Maplewood.The Woodbury City Council has scheduled a public hearing to review the request for the application that will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodbury City Hall, 8301Valley Creek Road to provide citizens the opportunity to comment on the proposed application.Members of the Ramsey-Washington Watershed District asked Costco to makes changes to the proposed store that would lessen the wetland impact on the area. Their request to require Costco to build a parking ramp, reduce the size of the store, leave out plans to build a gas station and curtail stormwater management areas. Except for situating the building on the west parcel of the property instead of the east, all changes were denied by Costco who plan to proceed with their intended design. The planning commission will view the proposal on August 29th.

    Posted 08/25/16

    Auctioneer Hines Inducted

    An Ellsworth man, Jack Hines was acknowledged by a banquet hall of his peers in a surprise presentation of a prestigeous award. An auctioneer for nearly 50 years, Hines was presented with the honor of induction into the National Auctioneer Association Hall of Fame by fellow honoree Benny Fisher. In a clip recorded by the NAA at the event, Fisher brought his friend to the podium and bestowed the bronze placque.

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    Hines, humbled by the designation,expressed even more surprise as the family he was sure waited back in Wisconsin, instead, took the stage flanking their father and husband. Never a loss for words, he quickly introduced them

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    Hines now leaves the heavy lifting of the business to son Jeff and takes life at a little slower of a pace

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    Posted 08/25/16

    Loop Bus Adds Stops

    The new addition to the choices for public transportation, officially known as the Loop Hastings Circulator Bus, will begin operation on September 6th. A ribbon cutting will take place this Friday at 9 AM at Tilden community center to kick off the Living Well at 50 and Beyond Expo. The Loop, as it will undoubtly be better known, will offer a selection of one day per week, Tuesday and 5 hours per day- 9 am until 2 pm- of a continual looping of a single DARTS bus which will be equipted with a wheelchair accessible ramp to provide mobility to many for just 5 dollars a ride. The Loop will be available to anyone and the route advertised as ultra flexible, with an additional 30 stops between those scheduled, that can be arranged by making a request from the driver. This new transport option should not be confused with the Transit Link, which is a scheduled, reservation based program in which fares are based on the distance traveled and operates weekdays thru the pre-contracted route. Metro Mobility is another ride option, with further criteria required for use mainly, by those whose disability requires special transit.

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    Posted 08/25/16

    Hickson Sentenced

    County Attorney Pete Orput announced Wednesday that Brian Hickson, 33, of Cottage Grove, was sentenced to 105 months in prison for the October 18, 2015 1 st Degree Burglary of a residence with a dangerous weapon. According to the complaint filed in the case, Hickson was the former boyfriend of the victim, with whom she shared 4 children.   The victim told authorities Hickson was engaging in an escalating pattern of stalking/threatening behavior. On the night of the charged incident, he had taken the lug nuts off one of the wheels of her car and had covered an outdoor light motion sensor with a glove prior to breaking into the house where the victim was present. Hickson assaulted an occupant of the home with brass knuckles prior to fleeing the residence. Several occupants of the home chased him and held him until police arrived. The prosecutor stated this was a case of a homicide waiting to happen, and fortunately the actions of those restraining Hickson which prevented him from fleeing , kept that from happening.

       

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    Posted 08/25/16

    Lake Byllesby Dam Repairs Underway

    The Dakota County Board of Commissioners acted on request to award a construction bid to Big R Construction for 247 thousand dollars to construct access gates needed before the start of the project in which the Board has designated nearly 3.5 million dollars in the refurbishment needed to take place on the Lake Byllesby Dam over the next 5 years. The facility provides hydroelectric power and has been classified as a high hazard structure as its failure would severely impact property and people located downstream. Piers have also been installed to support the bridges needed for this access. Inspections have determined that several components were deemed unsafe and would require major structural repairs.

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    Posted 08/23/16    

    Cannon River Creeps In

    The City of Northfield issued a press release on the levels of the Cannon River which lists the current level at just over 897 feet. Authorities have noticed water filling into storage areas along the iver in Riverside, Babcock and Sechler Park as well as along the west Riverwalk area. They expect levels to fall slowly but remain high for several days. Any significant rainfall will add to the Cannon or Straight River watersheds. Continual monitoring will take place in the city and residents are asked to take measures to protect property that might be affected by the water levels. More information can be found on the City website under Emergency Planning information.

       

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    Posted 08/23/16

    Prescott School Readies Busses

    With the start of classes in Prescott on Thursday, September 1st, parents are encouraged to check student bus assignments prior to the first day. Bus routes have now been posted for students in the Prescott school district. To view your childs route, visit the www.prescott.k12.wi.us website and select the transportation page. According to the district website, several changes have been made from last years bus numbers and route information. Students riding the bus who live outside the city limits will be expected to walk reasonable distances to bus stops in order to provide efficient transportation for all. Reasonable distances are considered to be one half mile for grades k-5 and seven tenths of a mile for grades 6-12. Walking distance of students within city limits will not exceed 4 blocks. Drivers are not allowed to enter private drives unless there is a safety or medical concern. For exceptional educational needs students, accommodations will meet criteria found in that students IEP.If you have a question or concern regarding your Prescott bus student, contact the district at 715.262.5389

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    Posted 08/23/16

    Shanks Arrested in Hastings

    KDWA news has learned that 43 year old Bart Shanks of Hastings, was arrested on Friday morning charged with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct and booked into Dakota County jail. Shanks briefly worked with KDWA in the marketing department. He is no longer employed by KDWA Radio. Shanks was also associated with Hastings Raider Nation Football, Baseball and the independent Cheer Xtreme Squad based in Woodbury. Police continue their investigations and KDWA Radio will bring you the full story as soon as we have more information.

       

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    Posted 08/22/16

    Hwy 61 Traffic Jam Halts Sunday Drivers

    Massive Traffic Jam heading north on Hwy 61 Bridge Sunday Afternoon will continue thru evening hours and overnight as lanes are reduced to one heading north until Hwy 10. Overnight work will take place then similar traffic delay expected Monday and Tuesday 9-2 PM. Alternate routes are recommended until this work is completed.

       

    Posted KDWA News 08/21/16 5PM

    Hampton Council News

    An announcement was made on Friday afternoon, Amanda Jensrud has submitted her resignation to the Hampton council. It was accepted by the council who states there are still four remaining members which make up a quorum, so that business can be conducted until her position is filled. Mayor Tim Skog asked who would be in charge of the City social media and was told that Clerk Wendy Carpenter and Councilor Jerry Huddleston would take over that responsibility. A vacancy will be posted by the September meeting. In other business conducted by the Council, discussion was held on a possible dog park for the city, with opposition by Councilor Marlin Reinardy. A resident, John Nicolai inquired about the property located just south of Little Oscar's Restaurant with the intent to return the use to agriculture, thus requiring a re-zoning from industrial/commercial back to agriculture. The current taxes on that property are 185 dollars per acre per year. The council will consider a temporary zoning measure at the next meeting. The Mayor also asked for a decision from the council on the purchase of the website which he personally owns, hamptonnews.net. He asked the council to purchase it for 1,000 dollars. Councilor John Knetter suggested tabling the issue until more information is compiled.

    Posted 08/19/16

    LOOP Bus Route

    The local transportation service that has been planned for several months will debut with an appearance of the LOOP bus at the upcoming 50 and Beyond Live Well Celebrate Life Expo that will take place on Friday, August 26th at Tilden Community Center.

    The bus will be wheelchair accessible and the 17 stop loop contains shopping, leisure, medical and residential categories that will be placed on the schedule. Those schedules will be handed out at the event on the 26th, with the service to get underway the first Tuesday of September on the 6th.

    The stops that are listed on the route, as of this report include: Augustana Park Ridge Apartments, Oak Ridge Assisted Living, Dollar Tree at Midtown Center, The Hastings Veteran's Home, Mississippi Terrace Apartments, Hastings Family Service, Tilden Community And Senior Center, Allina Regina Senior Living and Medical Center, Hastings UMCA and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation, Wal-Mart, Rivertown Court Apartments, Cub Foods, Target, Pleasant Hill Library and Westview Shopping Center.

       

    Body Found and Now Identified

    More details have been released in the story we first brought to you Monday August 15 about a boater finding a male body in the Mississippi. The Washington County Sheriff's Office released today that the victim has been identified as 32 year old Nyadue Jock and he was homeless at the time of his death. Dispatchers received a call from a boater late Monday afternoon reporting the finding of a body in the Mississippi River just South of Hidden Harbor Marina in St. Paul Park. The cause of death is still under investigation by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner but no obvious signs of trauma were found. KDWA will bring you the latest updates on the case as the details become available.

       

    Posted 8/19/16

    HWY 61 and 10 Delays

    Impact for drivers in the overnight hours of Sunday into early Monday when Highway 61 north of the Hastings will be reduced to a single lane of traffic in both directions from just north of the Hwy 10 intersection near the Holiday Gas Station in Denmark Township. Crews will be shifting traffic to the outside lanes to construct turn lanes. The delays are also expected to take place during the day on Monday and Tuesday.

       

    Posted 8/19/16

    Artspace Hastings River Lofts

    The Artspace Project will join with community partners in Hastings on Tuesday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Artspace Hastings River Lofts located at the corner of 2nd and Tyler Streets. The event is sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council, Breakaway Arts Caf, and RBC Capital Markets and is free and open to the public. Brief remarks begin at 3:45 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park with scheduled speakers to include Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks; Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik; National Park Service Outdoor Recreation Planner Randy Thoreson; Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council Board Members Jen Fox and Bill Spinelli; Artspace Sr. VP of Property Development Heidi Zimmer; and Artspace Sr. VP of Consulting and Strategic Partnerships Wendy Holmes. Following the the remarks a reception will be held with a ceremonial groundbreaking to follow on the project site. The groundbreaking features Art Shovels created by 20 local organizations and artists, including the Hasting Arts Center, Rain Dance Studios, the Hasting Police Department, the National Park Service among others.

       

    Posted 8/19/16

    Joas Returns To Accident Scene

    An amazing milestone for the man that was hit along a Dakota County Road last spring by what authorities believe to be a pickup truck. Bryan Joas was cycling along a rural road south west of Hastings, when he was struck and left in the ditch. Months of waiting, hoping, praying and finally healing has Joas back home and with his greatful family once more. He and wife Shauna recently picked up his crumpled bike and the rest of his belongings which had been in the posession of the Dakota County Sheriff Department since the accident. Despite many surgeries and physical lowpoints, Joas was ready to view the accident aftermath last week, with a profound understanding of how lucky he is to be walking and able to establish a new normal. Information is still needed to find out who hit him, but his Caring Bridge postings look forward with renewed strength that he mindfully builds each day. A photo of Joas and what is left of the bike is pictured on the KDWA website.

       

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    Posted 8/19/16

    Kuehni Not Guilty On First Degree Charges

    Late Thursday Afternoon Update- At 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, the jury returned to the Pierce County Courthouse with their finding of not guilty of the charges of first degree intentional homicide in the death of Douglas Bailey. They also concluded that the jury was hung, in other words, not unanymous in a decision to convict on 2nd degree charges. They did find Kuehni guilty on the charge of hiding a corpse. The next step for the trial will be to reconvene on Thursday , August 24th to possibly re-try the defendent on second degree charges. Kuehni remains held in the Pierce County Jail on a 100,000 bond.

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    Posted 8/19/16

    Kuehni First Update Explains Degrees

    Early Thursday Afternoon Update- in the trial deliberations for Rose Marie Kuehni, of Prescott, who faces first degree intentional homicide charges as well as that of hiding a corpse, in the November death of Douglas Bailey. Jurrors requested more explanation from Judge James Duvall of a finer definition for grounds in convicting on first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree homicide or a self defense. The jurrors made that request Thursday morning as they continue deliberations that began Wednesday afternoon. Judge Duvall explained that Kuehni would need to believe that she was at risk of imminent death or great bodily harm to use a self defense reasoning. The reasonable person test, being what would another person in the same circumstance would likely do, was also explained. If the jurrors accept that explanation, a self-defense ruling would acquitt Kuehni of homicide charges. A second degree homicide decision discards the reasonable person response, although still accepting the defendent's rationale that it was an act of self defense. For a first-degree intentional homicide to be found, the jury would need to agree that Kuehni used force in excess of what was necessary for the event at the time. That would remove the defense that her life was at risk or that she feared great bodily harm. The jurrors continue to deliberate as of this update. KDWA will continue to provide new information as it becomes available.

       

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    Posted 8/19/16

    Prescott Fallen Officer Ryden Remembrance Monday

    In remembrance of a fallen officer, a commemoration will take place on Monday to honor former Prescott Police Officer Jackie Ryden who served his community for over 33 years. Those in charge of putting the information in front of the public hopes to have a good turnout from the community. It will show his family that Jackie may be gone but his memory lives on in the community.The Prescott Police Department, along with the City of Prescott, his family will be presented with a flag in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death in the line of duty which took place on September 2nd 2006. The community is invited to attend the meeting to provide a show of support and remembrance to Officer Ryden's family. The council meeting will be held at City Hall, 800 Borner St.

       

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    Posted 8/19/16

    Progress Of Prescott Vista Croix

    In further information provided by Prescott City Administrator Jayne Brand, the progress is continuing on the future site of the Vista Croix. Details involving traffic and logistics still remain to be finalized.

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    The city did not offer any potential planning that would mitigate the traffic impact with construction at that entrance to the city. Those discussions will be held as the corporation presents building timelines.

       

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    Posted 8/19/16

    50 and Beyond Live Well Celebrate Life Expo Preview

    The upcoming Live Well 50 and Beyond has more details to share for the Friday, August 26th event. The host site this year is Tilden Community Center. Senior Center director Lori Thrush provides last minute details.

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    Posted 8/19/16

    Hastings Red Rock Cafe Sold

    One spot in Downtown Hastings has been a hit for many locals getting their fill on good homegrown cooking. Red Rock Cafe has been a place of good food, friendly service and great malts under Karl Hanye's ownership. The establishment was sold last Friday and is changing hands with new owner David Perez of Woodbury at the helm. Stemming from a family who owns multiple businesses in the metro area surrounding everything Mexican including bakeries and other eateries, Perez has a history in the eatery business and looks to bring his own take on Mexican food to the city of Hastings with his business partner, Marciano Jaimes. The partnership started one branch of the Mexican inspired business on 5th and Lake Street in Minneapolis with hopes that this new location brings much success as well. Moving forward Perez plans to change the name to El Mexican of Hastings, change the hours to include dinner and later evenings on the weekends and to serve alcohol as well. Breakfast will remain the same with additions of Mexican inspired breakfast options with new lunch and dinner. Located at 119 2nd Street East in Downtown Hastings, the changes to the establishment of food, decor, name and hours are scheduled to be in place by the first part of next month.

       

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    Posted 8/19/16

    Kuehni Jury Returns Verdict

    Kuehni Verdict Returned- At 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, August 18th, the 8 man and 4 woman jury returned to the Pierce County Courthouse with their decision of Not Guilty on the first degree charges of intentional homicide. They also reported that the jury was hung, in other words, not unanimous in a decision to convict on 2nd degree charges. They did find Kuehni guilty on the charge of hiding a corpse. The next step for the trial will be to reconvene on Thursday , August 24th to possibly re-try the defendant on second degree charges. Kuehni remains in the Pierce County Jail on a 100,000 bond.

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    Posted 08/18/2016 4:00 PM

    Kroska Named FORD Master Technician

    When you're tops in your business, chances are you're going to get some attention. John Kroska, an auto technician at Hastings Ford, is finding that out after receiving an award for completing the highest level of training possible thru Ford Motor Company. He has worked at the Hastings location for six years and with the award comes a new designation that John spent more than 500 hours to train for. Achieving the title of Senior master Technician was a long time in coming, and required lots of training to advance in the certification process. Besides the statue provided by Ford, his colleagues at Hastings Ford gathered to celebrate his accomplishment, which he had kept to himself since formally notified of the award in June. The management, staff and other technicians applauded his hard work and congratulated John for achieving such an honor.

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    Posted 8/18/16

    HFS Produce and Bag Needs

    The Fall Harvest Campaign is going strong through the end of this month and throughout September. Join congregations, businesses and organizations across the metro area in this 8-week food drive to fill food shelves with locally grown produce. HFS would like to extend a thank you to all local gardeners who have shared their gifts of produce thus far. More fresh produce donations for area needy families are still being accepted and a need for paper bags is still great for HFS services. You can bring donations to their donation center located 301 Second Street East in downtown Hastings. If you have donations or want to find out more information how to donate, you can give them a call at 651-437-7134.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Bella Vista Makes Mexican Switch

    After 2 years in business Bella Vista owners Jennifer and Bernardo Melecio will bid arrivederci to both the name and the style of cuisine as they reinvent the space to become Vista Rio which will specialize in Mexican fare. With a Mexican heritage, Bernardo is well versed in many of the favorite dishes and hopes to feature new items often on the menu that will highlight the best of the best. The couple originally had a Mexican plan for the business, but deciced Italian to be a better move in the Hastings market, that was already home to several Mexican style eateries. The plan now calls for a very brief closing on September 4th , with some decor changeout and minor remodeling then debuting the new look and new menu on the 9th. A very quick turnaround by all estimates, especially in the restaurant business the couple will also ask the city for a variance to add another patio area to the rear of their business. That decision will be addressed at an upcoming city council meeting.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    St.Paul Park Heritage Days Details

    This weekends St. Paul Park Heritage Days will have some new events to enjoy. A batallion of kid favorite Inflatables will replace the carnival this year, providing a bounce time extravaganza on Broadway Avenue to allow everyone the chance to have fun. Also new to the festivities is the an exotic petting zoo with a wide variety of interesting animals. Heritage Days sponsorship chair Sheila Nitz noted that many of the favorites will return including the Street dance, which will last an extra hour thanks to a City Council action. Rock Godz will perform on the main stage . Fireworks will take place at dusk on Friday and the Legion will host an outdoor DJ that night with live music on Saturday Night from Righteous Rock. Park Place Sports Bar will also have a DJ on Saturday. For the first time, a Sunday performance will take place from 2-5 that afternoon. The band will also offer a blues for kids harmonica clinic by Crooked Dice members to share their music in a different way. Nitz also reminds visitors to vote for their favorite painted fire hydrant at the information booth on Saturday and on Sunday. The results of that new event will be announced at the end of the day. The Gingerbread Show will take place on Broadway and there will be new food vendors to try as well. Everyone is welcome to the big fun with the small town flavor. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.

    In a related story, a mother and daughter joined friends to search for the Heritage Days Medallion and struck paydirt in the dirt of Whitbred Memorial park, near the hockey rink. Jessie and Becky Kortus and friends Kelsey Hansen and Chrysta Dague only needed 2 clues to unearth the prize which will mean Western Refining Company will be sending the team their winnings - 300 dollars. Western Refining and The South Washington County Bulletin co-sponsored the hunt and congratulated the women on their find.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Jury Receives Kuehni Case

    Attorneys presented closing arguments Wednesday in the Rose Marie Kuehni homicide trial. The jury received the statements from the prosecution first. Pierce County Assistant District Attorney Bill Thorie painted the defendant as someone who shot the victim, Douglas Bailey, who was not armed, then carefully arranged to cover up the act by having paramour Clarence Hicks, dispose of the body. His main contention was that Kuehni could have removed herself from the abuse, which he admitted likely did happen, but the fact that the homicide happened nearly 3 years after a time she described as three weeks of continual abuse, led to a purposeful, planned act, not one of self defense. Kuehni's attorney, Mark Gherty, described a much different scenario in his closing statement, suggesting that Kuehni truly felt she had no way to leave without facing the ultimate retribution of a vindictive, controlling partner. Part of the defense centered on an expert witness citing the defendent fit the description of someone experiencing and acting from battered woman syndrome, leading her to do whatever it took to save her own life. The case was presented to the jury just after noon on Wednesday, with deliberation continuing without a verdict into the late afternoon. KDWA will provide the results of that decision when announced in Pierce County Court.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    HFS Awarded 4-Star Rating

    Hastings Family Service recently was awarded a 4-star rating by a non-profit evaluator called Charity Navigator. This organization looks to evaluate other non-profits based on financial health and commitment to accountability as well as transparency. Receiving the highest honor, HFS was acknowledged for their commitment to carry out their mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only one quarter of evaluated charities across the country receive this award. HFS serves the local community in part to serve needy families.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Downtowns Test Noise Ordinance Evolution

    The Hastings Public Safety Department stated earlier this summer that efforts were underway to create a noise ordinance designed to curtail the excessive noise of vehicles entering or exiting the city to the North. The newly developed riverfront now hosts more events and along with those outdoor activities, noise complaints have increased due to the close proximity of the highly traveled bridge which accelerates the speed from the city 30 miles per hour to the Highway 60 mark at the edge of the downtown. In neighboring Northfield, the city council approved an unlawful Noise ordinance that is aimed more at the nightlife created by the development of their downtown area, and the increased use, especially by businesses, to host outdoor events that include loud music. The Northfield Council decided that Thursday, Friday and Saturday night plans can include outdoor music until midnight, and the other four days of the week will be restricted to a 10 p.m. sound limit. This support was not anonymous, as two members of the council felt Thursday should be viewed as a weekday with the earlier stop time. This new ordinance is geared for downtown business areas as the residential zones have an earlier quiet time of 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The vast majority of noise complaints, it was noted, have come from the residential zones. Both cities have a mix of residential properties, mainly apartments, and businesses in their downtowns, however more than 100 residential units are scheduled to be built in plans approved on each end of the Hastings Downtown with Artspace and the Great River Landing properties redefining the residential boundaries that will evolve as the downtown areas expand.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Northfield Homicide Update

    Another homicide that took place in our listening area this week. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson provided more information on the 70-year-old woman who is suspected of shooting another person on Sunday, August 14th. He characterized the relationship between the women involved in the shooting as acquaintances. The suspect, possibly a landlord of the home on Jefferson Street, reportedly had known the deceased, Lilly Kirckof for an extended period of time. The unnamed suspect was taken into custody, then released. Her name has not been released to the media Nelson stated, because the investigation is still underway. He also stated it was for the suspect's safety. Information was released that the given name of the deceased was Marshal Kirckof. Chief Nelson added that the BCA will head the investigation and that a self-defense cause of the incident has not been ruled out. Evidence has been collected and will be processed by The Federal Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. There is no timetable for results of that investigation or when the suspect's name might be released.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Northfield Outlaw Motorcycle Run CANCELLED

    The Northfield Historical Society Board of Directors and the Outlaw Run Committee announced today that this years outlaw motorcycle run, scheduled for August 27, has been canceled due to road safety concerns. The decision comes after an accident near Mazeppa on the planned Outlaw Run route, during which two committee members were injured. Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society, Hayes Scriven, stated although conditions were perfect when they checked the route a month ago, you never know what Minnesotas summer road construction season might create. He also stated canceling this event was not an easy decision, but the safety of our riders was their primary concern. Riders who have pre-registered will be refunded their entire registration fee. If riders would still like to support the NHS Youth Programs, this years Outlaw Run t-shirt and a festival button are for sale in the NHS store. They also stress that the City of Northfield had nothing to do with canceling this event. The possibility of hosting the Outlaw Run after-party at the Reub N Stein in Northfield is still being considered. Updates can be found at northfieldhistory.org or the Outlaw Runs Facebook page.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Medusas Hair Grand Opening

    Amanda Cherry, the new owner of Medusa Hair Parlour, has provided an update for the grand opening of their new business. The date has been pushed back a week, to Friday, August 26th. The business is located at 403 Vermillion Street and Cherry looks forward to opening her doors on her new venture. With the changing of the seasons often comes the desire for other changes as well. Amanda Cherry will be making a big change as the open house for her new salon will introduce the public to her new business, Medusas Hair Parlour. Cherry, who grew up in Cottage Grove often had her hair cut at the Hastings Beauty School, enamored with the process of cutting and styling hair at a very young age. She eventually attended the school as a student, then set her sights on owning her own salon. The salon will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Underground Art Gallery To Close

    David Peterson, owner of the Underground Art Gallery has decided the art Renaissance that is sweeping the area is too little and too late for his business. After 19 years at 411 Vermillion, Peterson has decided to close the quirky art and gift store with a going out of business sale, now underway. Citing changes in the economy among other reasons, the location is just not able to continue, although an official closing date has not been announced. Peterson recommends that those interested in his wares, to visit the store and stay up to date with information that will be posted online through their Facebook page, UndergroundArtGalleryInc.

       

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    Posted 8/18/16

    Names Released In Double Hastings Deaths

    Wednesday Evening Update -An official update on the discovery Monday of 2 adults found dead in a home on Three Rivers Drive in Hastings. The names of the deceased were released Wednesday by Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer. Thirty-four year old Justin DJ Anderson died of a single gunshot to the head as was the cause of death for 29 year old Danielle Amiee Denney. The manner of death is still listed as under investigation by the Hastings Police Department and the Hennepin County Coroners office.

       

    Posted 6:45 PM 08/17/16

    Rosemount Man Sentenced In Vehicle Death

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced Tuesday that Eric Wesley Kasprzyk, age 40 of Rosemount, who previously pled guilty to each count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide (Gross Negligence) and Burglary in the First Degree (both felonies) in connection with a fatal crash and the aftermath that took place in Lakeville and Apple Valley in April which killed Osah Phetsarath age 45 of Lakeville, was sentenced today by Judge Martha Simonett to 42 months in prison for each count, to be served concurrently. The April incident caused Lakeville Police to respond to a report of a driver, later identified as Eric Kasprzyk, in a BMW traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of 160th Street at a high rate of speed, running a red light, and causing a multiple vehicle crash, including striking a Toyota Camry, resulting in the death of the driver Osah Phetsarath. Kasprzyk fled the scene, shedding his clothes as he ran toward an Apple Valley residential area. He entered an occupied townhome where he initially went into a hallway closet and shut the door. One of the townhome occupants attempted to barricade the closet door, but Kasprzyk was able to push his way out of the closet. After exiting the closet, Kasprzyk locked all exterior doors. The occupants of the townhome called police. When police arrived, Kasprzyk attempted to physically restrain one of the townhome occupants from unlocking the front door to allow police in. The townhome occupant was able to unlock the door. Officers entered the townhome and took Kasprzyk into custody.

       

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    Posted 8/17/16

    Greenway Trail Update: Ready to Pave

    A weekly update in the progress of the trail that will connect Washington and Dakota Counties. Project engineer Devin Kubik is in charged charge of the day-to-day oversight in the construction of more than 2 miles of paved trail which to date has distributed nearly 40,000 yards of fill on the west entrance that will soon support equipment necessary for more clearing of the path that will parallel the small rail line between the two counties. Kubik notes that trucks will soon have the infrastructure needed to begin paving the trail that is anticipated to open to non-motorized use in the summer of 2017. The trail is under strict guidelines to maintain environmental standards as construction takes place parallel to the limestone bluffs on the North side of the project. Once completed, the trail will provide even more access for bike riders and pedestrians looking to further explore the connection of the Minnesota Trail System without the highway hazard. The Wisconsin end of this trail link will culminate in Point Douglas Park with construction now underway for additions to the rest area already a popular stopping point on the border between the states.

       

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    Posted 8/17/16

    Wishbone Ranch Trakehner Event

    Over 80 people attended the Trakehner Inspection at Wishbone Ranch on August 6 and judges Brad Kerbs and Joe Pimental educated the crowd as they were going through the inspection of each horse. 5 mares scored high enough to get into the official stud book, OSB, including the three owned by Wishbone Ranch boarder Jean Larson and her mare Chianti (Annie) was the Reserve Champion! Jean's yearling stallion colt Citori was judged Premium and is officially a stallion prospect. Hostess Jean Larson and Volunteers at WIshbone Ranch set a new standard for inspections and the judges were so impressed they have invited Jean to speak at the annual Trakehner conference and would like Wishbone Ranch to host another inspection so this may become an annual event. You can see a photo on the KDWA.com website of one of the premium colts featured at the event. He was presented by Pete Swentik. Wishbone Ranch is home to This Old Horse located near Hastings, MN. www.thisoldhorse.org.

       

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    Posted 8/17/16

    Military Weekend September 2 and 3

    As the summer nears the end, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community Coordinator Dean Markuson reveals the plans for this year's Military Weekend. Several events are on the schedule for September 2nd and 3rd. Markuson provides more details.

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    Posted 8/16/16

    Vermillion 11th Land Purchase Agreement

    After several inquiries, a completed purchase seems in place for a prominent piece of city property. John Hinzman, Director of Economic development announced progress in the sale of the land and its impact on neighboring parcels.

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    Hinzman stated there is also verbiage included in the agreement that could involve surrounding property expansion, in the future.

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    Posted 8/16/16

    Body Found In River North Of Hastings

    In news from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 15 minutes to 5 on Monday afternoon, a boater called 911 on the report of the body of a male in the water. The victim's identity was not released as of this report. He was found approximately 2 1/2 miles South of Hidden Harbor Marina. At the current time the Sheriff did not have any reports of anyone matching that description listed as missing. The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Ramsey County Medical Examiner continue to investigate the incident. If anyone has information they can contact the Washington County Tip Line 651-430-7850.

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    Posted 8/16/16

    Kuehni Takes Stand In Homicide Trial

    The fourteen members of the jury and those assembled in the Pierce County Courtroom Monday heard a recounting of abuse, terror and a series of events that led Rose Marie Kuehni to finally pull the trigger on a loaded shotgun, killing Douglas Bailey in November of 2015. Kuehni took the stand to explain how years of the behavior ultimately resulted in her decision to put an end to it by shooting her boyfriend of several years twice. She testified that she was afraid of the victim and that her decision was one that would spare her life and further abuse. Kuehni has a young son and her actions reportedly involved sparing him from continued exposure to their relationship. Each question posed by the prosecution was answered by the defendant including questions that centered on a long list of emails to and from Clarence Hicks, who appeared with his attorney outside of the jury presence where he invoked the 5th Amendment, fearing self-incrimination in responding to questions about premeditated planning with Kuehni to kill Bailey. He faces charges of hiding a corpse. Kuehni faced a long series of probing from the prosecution about why she stayed with Bailey, and why she didn't get help from authorities. Her defense attorney has stated he plans to call experts on battered women syndrome to build Kuehni's case. The prosecution rested late Monday, and the jury could receive the case as early as Wednesday.

       

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    Posted 8/16/16

    General Sieben Road Work Plans

    In action by the City Council on Monday, Public Works Director Chris Egger outlines the plans for road work to improve a major Hastings Roadway.

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    Posted 8/16/16

    Rochester Native Wins Gold in Rio

    The Olympic flame of the 2016 Rio summer games still burns as the metals in many sporting disciplines have been handed out in the 11 days of competition so far. The United States thus far is the most decorated country at these summer games. One individual who placed on the top of the metal stand on Sunday brought her Minnesota roots with her. Hailing from near by Rochester, Bethany Mattek-Sands won Gold with her partner Jack Sock in Olympic tennis in mixed doubles. At her first games, defeating the team of Venus Williams and Reggie Ram, Mattek-Sands age 31 played just this one event and walked away with the top prize.

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    Posted 8/16/16

    HFS School Supply Needs

    Hastings Family Service is asking the community to help children in our community have a great start to the new school year. School supply distribution is less than two weeks away and a few items are still in need at HFS. Those items include large backpacks with NO wheels, loose leaf paper both wide and college ruled, sturdy pocket folders, black sharpies, Dry Erase markers and pencil boxes. School supply donations can be brought to Hastings Family Service at their donation center located at 301 Second Street East in Downtown Hastings. For more information or questions about donations, you can contact HFS at 651-437-7134 or by visiting them online at www.hastingsfamilyservice.org.

       

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    Posted 8/15/16

    Hastings Maintenance Position Opening

    The City of Hastings is hiring full-time fall seasonal maintenance personnel. Typical hours for this position are from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday, although hours may vary to include some night or weekends. Employment will last until approximately November 15th. Duties include grass mowing, using trimmers, trash collection, field grooming and other general park maintenance.Potential candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a valid MN driver's license with driving privileges. See the www.hastingsmn.gov website for application or go to City Hall, at the corner of 4th and Vermillion to pick up a copy. Applications will be accepted until August 19th.

       

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    Posted 8/15/16

    Riverfront Renaissance Construction Continues

    Continued site work and special feature installations within Olivers Grove Park will be the focus of the construction this week on the Riverfront Renaissance Project in Downtown Hastings. The construction work scheduled to occur includes storm sewer reconfigurations and underground utility work at the intersection of Tyler and 2nd Streets, blacktop paving to patch surfaces at the intersection of Sibley and 3rd Streets. Continued new light fixture installations on reinstalled poles, and electrical wiring in various locations will also take place along with the resumption of work on the vehicular welcoming archways on the northern ends of Sibley and Ramsey Streets. One of the final projects in phase three will be the removal and replacement of the red stamped boulevard concrete on 2nd Street between Ramsey and Tyler Streets. The progress and more information on the downtown construction progress can be viewed on the city of Hastings website at www.hastingsmn.gov.

       

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    Posted 8/15/16

    IGH Chief of Police Charges Dismissed

    Following an investigation focused on the Inver Grove Heights Chief of Police, charges have been dismissed concerning allegations that Chief Larry Stanger had tipped off the target of a search warrant in a Wisconsin theft investigation. But Thursday, the Scott County attorney said there was not enough evidence to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Stanger, who has served the city for five years, was the subject of the investigation that involved a suspect whose son was friends with Stanger's son. As Prescott police worked on a high profile case last February, detectives were told the suspect named Stanger, saying he had been tipped off prior to being served a search warrant. Neither the chief's son, nor the suspect's son provided a statement in the investigation. Stanger has been on paid leave since February. The Inver Grove Heights City Council will meet on August 22 to either reinstate him or decide whether or not an internal investigation is needed to determine if any policies or procedures were violated.

       

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    Tax Software Phishing Scam

    The Internal Revenue Service today alerted tax professionals to an emerging phishing email scam that pretends to be from tax software providers and tries to trick recipients into clicking on a bogus link. The email scheme is the latest in a series of attempts by fraudsters to use the IRS or other tax issues as a cover to trick people into giving up sensitive information such as passwords, Social Security numbers or credit card numbers or to make unnecessary payments. In the new scheme identified as part of the IRS Security Summit process, tax professionals are receiving emails representing to be from tax software companies. The email scheme requests the recipient to download and install an important software update via a link included in the e-mail. Once recipients click on the embedded link, they are directed to a website prompting them to download a file appearing to be an update of their software package. The file has a naming convention that uses the actual name of their software followed by an .exe extension. Upon completion, tax professionals believe they have downloaded a software update when in fact they have loaded a program designed to track the tax professionals key strokes, which is a common tactic used by cyber thieves to steal login information, passwords and other sensitive data. Although the IRS knows of only a handful of cases to date, tax professionals are encouraged to be on the lookout for these scams and never to click on unexpected links in emails. Similar email schemes using tax software names have targeted individual taxpayers. If you believe you have been a victim of such phishing or other online fraud, contact your local law enforcement and document activity and contacts by the source to provide further information.

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    Posted 8/15/16

    South St. Paul Third Offender

    Residents of neighboring South St. Paul received notification of the third level three sexual offender to be located into that city in less than six months. The report, generated by South St. Paul Police, has been met with swift and negative feedback on social media by those living in the vicinity of the offenders new residence. Although police have no control over where the Minnesota Department of corrections chooses to place these offenders, residents often find little recourse but to vent their frustration on local law enforcement. The notification, similar to one received in Hastings earlier this summer, is merely a formality of a fait accompli. The choice is determined by family supports, most often, with offenders expected to stabilize during their reintroduction to regular life now that their imposed sentence has been served. Fliers and electronic notices are sent out to inform those in the immediate area including schools, daycares and local businesses. Notification is now required due to legislation but communities struggle with the impact such news has on their neighborhoods and families.

       

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    Posted 8/15/16

    Newport Considers High Density Zoning

    The City of Newport may find their new neighbor just a little bit closer as the council in that town weighs the impact of a denser development allowed for future building near Catherine Drive, which is located near Military Road and the Bailey School Forest. The area has attracted the interest of several developers, some wishing to increase the density of units on a 51 acre plot from a minimum of 31 to a maximum of 106 units. Higher density, in other words, more home units per acre, equates to higher tax revenue, however, development on this raw parcel would need utility lines brought across a parcel not yet zoned for the higher concentration. The council has shown preference for the higher-density plan, with town homes or twin homes preferred over single family homes or higher value properties. Citing strength in post recession economies, development which has stagnated in some areas, seems to have support in the 2nd tier suburb. A final vote will come at a later council meeting.

       

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    Posted 8/15/16

    Temporary Family Health Care Dwelling Opt Out

    The Hastings City council voted to opt out of the state law that would have allowed temporary Family Health Care dwellings to be placed on private property while a family member recovered from an injury or illness. Nearby communities also intend to beat the September 1st deadline to amend ordinances which would prohibit the so-called drop homes, citing unwillingness to create this special use of private land. South St. Paul, Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Woodbury and Newport will also vote to opt out of such an arrangement, with the most common response being they recommend same dwelling care for such cases, not the addition of a structure that would be moved into an existing single dwelling lot. Utility hook-ups necessary for such structures were also cited as a major reason to prevent the practice.

       

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    Posted 8/15/16

    Northfield Police Seek Public Assistance

    The Northfield Police Department is seeking community assistance to locate a person of interest who is the subject of several calls of suspicious activity that are believed to be related. These incidents have occurred over the last several months. The incidents which have occurred in the Northfield area are described as the suspect approaching adult females and asking them questions, sometimes asking for directions. The suspect has been both on foot and in a vehicle. When persons have engaged the suspect, he has either exposed himself or asked for a hug, or some similar request. No one has been physically harmed in these incidents. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, possibly in his 20s. He has also been identified as having short black hair and standing approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall. Information on the vehicle associated with the suspect is very general at this time. It is described as Light colored (possibly light blue, silver, or white), 4-door sedan, possibly a General Motors product. If anyone has experienced a similar event or knows this suspect, please contact 911 with more information. You can also contact Northfield Police directly at 507-645-4477 and ask for Investigations. They ask the public to pay attention to the vehicle identifying information including the License Plate Number and any other details you can provide.

       

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    Posted 8/12/16

    District MCA Test Results Are In

    The Minnesota Department of Education released the latest MCA test results the last week of July. A statement released from District 200 asserted that Hastings continues to outperform state averages with students meeting or exceeding the grade level expectations in reading, mathematics and science above statewide proficiency rates. The State of Minnesota requires students to take MCAs in reading, math and science. For the 2016 testing year the district levels reflected an increase in mathematics from 69.1 percent proficient to 70.3 percent proficient. That number was more than 10 percent above the Minnesota State average of 59.4 percent. One set of numbers in math scores was especially pronounced by the results of testing at John F. Kennedy Elementary. The State proficiency average is 57.8 percent, but students at the Hastings school measured 86.7 percent proficiency in that area.

    Reading scores have shown a decrease in proficiency statewide in recent years. From a State level of 83 percent just four years ago to a 2016 State average of 59.9 percent, District 200 also shows a decrease in reading proficiency to 68.1 compared with the State level at 65 percent. Hastings High School students, however, showed significant improvement from last year, increasing the number of students who were proficient by 5.3 percent. In Science, the statewide average is 55 percent with District 200 levels overall reflecting 68 percent proficiency. Superintendent Collins stated that the District Staff will dedicate time to review and analyze data as schools return to work for the upcoming school year. KDWA has provided a link to Minnesota's Report Card for comparison and independent fact finding. The testing results and much more will be topics of conversation as we begin year 14 of the Weekly Tim Collins Show that airs each Friday morning of the school year beginning at 9:10 a.m. Stay tuned for continued coverage of District 200 schools. Parents and community members can visit the Minnesota Department of Educations website for more information about statewide accountability, including full district results through their site, Minnesota Report Card.

       

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    Posted 08/12/16

    Bike Accident Injures Hastings Boy

    The Minnesota State Patrol responded to our request for more information following a crash that happened Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 47 and Highway 61. Eye witnesses reported that a dump truck was turning to go westbound on CR47, when a 14-year-old male on a bicycle darted out in front of dump truck causing a collision. Sargent Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol stated that the rider of the bicycle sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital by his mother. No report was given on whether the boy was wearing a helmet or his current condition. KDWA will provide more details when available. Due to data privacy laws, the name of juvenile may not be released.

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    Posted 08/12/16

    Prescott Middle School Registration

    A note for Middle School Students in Prescott ahead of the September 1st opening day of school 2016. Each Middle School student should have received their 2016/2017 registration packets in the mail. They are asked to please bring the green health card filled in and signed and the yellow class fee sheet with them to registration. If the free/reduced lunch form applies to your family, please fill it out too. Copies of athletic forms/physical form are on the school district website. On Wednesday, August 17th the Parent/Athlete Co-Curricular/Athletics meeting will take place at the Prescott Intermediate School Library - 6:30 p.m. A reminder, thats the former High School. Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 is registration for returning 7th & 8th grade students from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. anytime during those hours in the Middle School Office, 125 Elm Street. On Tuesday, August 23, registration for 6th grade students, St. Joseph's students and all new students to the Middle School happens between 6 and 7:30 p.m. starting in the Middle School commons. On Thursday, August 25 the 6th Grade WEB Orientation will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Middle School gym. Lunch will be provided. Thursday, September 1st is the first day for all Prescott Students of the Middle School starting at 8 a.m. concluding at 3:10 p.m.

       

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    Posted 08/12/16

    O'Brien To Retire

    Word came on Tuesday that Community Ed Director Mary O'Brien will be hanging up her clipboard as she retires from the position of Community Education Director effective in January. O'Brien took over the position which took the Kindergarten Center and expanded it's scope to include planning and programing for the community at Tilden. The transition to her retirement will include working with District 200 to name a replacement to be named later this fall.

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    Posted 8/10/16

     

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