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    SSP Officer Shooting Update

    Update 3PM-In an updated statement released after 3PM Thursday afternoon, South St. Paul Police Chief Bill Messerich, called a press conference to address details of an incident that took place in his city on Thursday. The Dakota County Sheriff, members of the West St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights and officers from South St. Paul, responded to a shots fired alert, that allegedly took place on a street in South St. Paul just after 1pm on Thursday, July 19th. According the press conference, a suspect was taken into custody in the 500 Block of 12th Avenue north at what was termed to be a group home in the middle of that south metro city, where two South St. Paul Officers were responding to a missing persons report. When they arrived however, the person in question had returned and a confrontation ensued. The suspect then produced a shotgun and fired, injuring the officers. The officer returned fire , however, neither struck the suspect who then relinquished his weapon and was taken into custody. The officer's names and the name of the suspect had not be released at the time of this report, however the injuries sustained by the officers were not deemed as Life Threatening. DC Sheriff Tim Leslie confirmed that the suspect will likely face 2 counts of attempted murder following processing at the Dakota County Government center in Hastings.. Further updates will be posted on the KDWA .com website as soon as they become available.

       

    Officer Down Report in SSPaul

    In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, The Dakota County Sheriff, members of the West St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights and officers from South St. Paul, responded to a shots fired alert, that took place on a street in South St. Paul just after 1pm on Thursday, July 19th. According the statement provided by the Sheriff, a suspect was taken into custody on Congress Street, in the middle of that south metro city, where a South St. Paul Officer completing a regular service call was shot by an unnamed person. The officer's name and the name of the suspect had not be released at the time of this report, however the injuries sustained by the officer were not deemed as Life Threatening. DC Sheriff Tim Leslie confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody without injuries. Further updates will be posted on the KDWA .com website as soon as they become available.

       

    Police Commission Discusses Litigation

    The July 18th meeting of the Prescott Police Commission was attended by Commission Chair Bill Pryor, Cheri Johnson, Neil Riley and Mark Pierce. Also involved in the first portion of the meeting was the Prescott City Attorney, Phillip Helgeson. According to the agenda topic, provided to explain the closed door session, Helgeson was to speak to the commission about an issue with the Police union that will likely require litigation. As in previous meetings of this description, there were no comments on the matter discussed, specific officers or situations involved, what the cost impact of the litigation may be or when the issue may be resolved. We asked Chair Pryor at the conclusion of the 90 minute meeting, if a public revelation would be forthcoming. His response was that information was expected soon but did not elaborate. During the July 5th commission meeting 5 current officers appeared before the commission. Following that meeting the city announced that Doug Ducklow would begin serving as Interim Chief on August 1st

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    Medallion Clue 4

    Medallion Clue #4

    A tink and a clang

    stitches out of play

    But perhaps near the

    Medallion they now lay

       

    Merchants Hopes To Swipe Out Hunger

    During the Merchants Bank fifth annual Facebook Giveaway for the Swipe Out Hunger campaign, the bank will be donating five cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used and $100 for every checking or savings account opened between August 1st and 8th, up to a total of $10,000, to area food shelves. Supporters of area food shelves will be able to vote once per day between August 1st and 8th for their chosen food shelves on the Merchants Bank Facebook page, and at the end of the giveaway, the food shelves with the top three vote totals will receive donations of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. All other food shelves will evenly split the remaining $5,000. Food shelves nominated by Merchant Bank branches include Hastings Family Service, food shelves in Cannon Falls and Randolph, and the Friends in Need Food Shelf, in St. Paul Park. Last year, Merchants Bank donated $10,000 to local food shelves through Swipe Out Hunger and 3,627 votes were cast. In its five-year history, the campaign has donated more than $50,000 to food shelf partners in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Everyone is invited to vote for their favorite food shelf by visiting the Merchants Bank Facebook page during the August 1st through 8th campaign. A link is provided at KDWA.com.

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    County Commissoner Meeting July

    The Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting of July 17th saw a full agenda of items under consideration. The Board met at 9 AM to consider such items as joint powers agreements with Lakeville for cost sharing on the Lake Marion Greenway and Juno Trail Improvements and TriDistrict Community Education for fall 2018 Master Recycler-Composter classes. The Commission had a number of items under the heading of social services, including an authorization to submit an application for 2019 and 2020 Department of Human Services Crisis Services Grant, and an authorization to amend the 2018 Social Services budget to add 3.0 full-time equivalent truancy social workers. The meeting included a closed executive session to consider the purchase of land from private interests in Lakeville and Burnsville for County Projects to expand County roadways 5 and 15, and State Highway 13. The next meeting of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners is set for Tuesday, August 7th.

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    Prescott Meeting Closed for Deliberations

    The July 11th meeting of the Prescott Industrial and Economic Committee took place at the Prescott Municipal Building. The roll call reflected the attendance of Mayor David Hovel, and committee members Jim Hovel , Dave French , Terry Grabow , John Carlson , and Joshua Gergen . City Administrator Jayne Brand represented staff.   The motion was then made to go into closed session per Wisconsin Statute regarding deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public property, the investing of public funds or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session with the item under consideration listed as proposed business projects. Following the closed door session, the committee is required to come out and reconvene where action is then voted on. The motion to adjourn was then seconded and passed. The committee did not provide a comment on the type of deliberation currently being considered or what any financial effect would be.

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    Booya Moves to Saturday Serving

    A Correction to a story we brought you earlier. The day of the The 78th annual Firefighters Association Booya was incorrectly reported as Sunday, when if fact September 8th is a Saturday. The change was pointed out by a FireAssociation member who noted the Saturday date is new for the event, which will be held at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Preparations will begin on Friday with an overnight simmering of the thick, meat and vegetable stew made in regular and spicy varieties. All proceeds benefit the many local charities that the Association sponsors and supports all year round. Tickets will be available at the door with serving times to be announced soon.

    LeDuc Hosts Castle Rock History Session

    The Dakota County Historical Society will host a presentation by historian David Schreier at the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings on Friday, July 27. The presentation will be part of the LeDuc Estate's Hastings After Hours series. The event will be held at the LeDuc Historic Estate's parlor from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Schreier will give a presentation on the history of Castle Rock. Castle Rock is also known as Inyan Bosdata, which means rock standing on end to the Dakota people. Through the use of photos, he will show how time and people have damaged the icon. Included in the photos will be the first known image from the 1860s. He will also explore the significance and meaning of Inyan Bosdata. Hastings After Hours is a quarterly event that takes place on the fourth Friday of the month. The site will open at 5:30 p.m. for a social gathering, with the presentation starting at 6 p.m. Light food and beverages will be available. Admission to the event is $20 per person or $15 for members of the Dakota County Historical Society.

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    Health Assessment Data Collection

    Dakota County Public Health has launched a comprehensive community health assessment and improvement project called the Healthy Dakota Initiative. The vision for the Healthy Dakota Initiative is health and well-being for all in Dakota County. The initial phase of the project will focus on identifying health issues and concerns through a community health assessment. Based on analysis of the data, the steering committee will prioritize health concerns in the county. The community health assessment will also provide the foundation for the second phase of the initiative, developing a community health improvement plan that targets a few top priority concerns. The Steering Committee includes representatives from key partner organizations, including hospitals, clinics, schools and nonprofits. Dakota County Public Health is asking people who live in Dakota County for their opinion on the important health issues in the community by completing a short, online survey by Aug. 31, 2018. The survey can be found on the Dakota County website, keywords Healthy Dakota Initiative.

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    Dakota County Government And Policy

    The General Government and Policy Committee of the Whole of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners met for regular business on July 17th. Included on the agenda for the meeting were items that addressed issues including the addition of $404,754 in cost to the Unified Communications Project with ConvergeOne, and adoption of administrative procedure revisions for violations of Ordinance No. 101, which prohibits licensees from selling, serving or furnishing 3.2 percent malt liquor, wine, or intoxicating liquor to minors, and from permitting any minor to consume alcohol on the licensed premises. Other items were informational presentations on a recommendation to seek local government salary limit waivers, and an update on the library strategic plan with potential changes to library hours, and the adoption of revisions to Dakota County transportation cost participation policies. The next meeting of Policy Committee is set for Tuesday, August 7th.

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    Local Grocer Pulls Products

    Hy-Vee grocery stores are voluntarily recalling Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad due potential salmonella contamination. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vees attention on Monday, when approximately 20 illnesses in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa were potentially linked to customers consuming the salad. The voluntary recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound and 3 pound containers produced between June 1, 2018, and July 13, 2018, and available from the deli service case. The product comes in a plastic container with a plastic lid. The expiration date range is between June 22, 2018, and Aug. 3, 2018. The expiration date can be found on the side of the container. Pasta Salads purchased before July 17th should not be consumed. Customers who purchased this product should dispose of it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

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    Medallion Hunt 3rd Clue

    Clue 3 for Edina Realty Rivertown Days Medallion Hunt- Released at 2 PM Wednesday, July 18

    Look all over town you might need a ride.

    Over or under two ways to slide.

    If you find the medallion, contact Edina Realty at 651-437-2121.

    If you have a 2018 Rivertown Days Button your prize will be 500 dollars, without one and you win 300.

    City Welcome for Festival

    Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks outlined some of the events and attractions for Rivertown Days this weekend.

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    Complete details are available on the city website at www.hastingsmn.gov and the Chamber of Commerce website at www.hastingsmn.org.

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    Energy Plan Changes Direction

    A project that was introduced to the community earlier this year, is now on hold, but the staffing changes that have caused the Energy Action Plan to stall, won't mean it will end. A partnership with Daniel Saunders, will gather some community input to determine where the focus should be to improve the city's energy efficiency and sustainability. Saunders is a Hastings Alumni and completed his Master's Thesis in the field and will assist the city in tailoring a plan to fit the needs of the Hastings Community. The efforts are expected to resume again in the fall. In the meantime, the city has partnered with Energy Action team member and graduate student, Daniel Saunders, to gather community input on where the plan should focus. A short survey about the plan is featured in a link on the City's webpage.

    Survey Monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZLLLWFK

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    Police In Pink

    The Hastings Police Department will join a national effort of more than 100 agencies that participate int the Pink Patch Project. The campaign will be rolled out this fall in an effort to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support cancer research. Officers will seek donations to purchase the first set of HPD Pink Patches which will then be sold publically for $10.00 each. Officers would be encouraged to wear them on a uniform shirt during the Month of October and proceeds from the sale of patches will be donated to the cancer society or local cancer research center. The idea to participate was brought forth by Officer Rinowski who lost her mother to cancer.

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    Hastings Police Incident Report

    From the Hastings Police blotter, officers were called to the 300 block of 1st Street East in response to a report of drug related activity. An investigation found a substance suspected to be methamphetamines in the area. Officers impounded the substance for evidence. A disturbance brought authorities to Amelia Lane to investigate an altercation involving multiple people. Officers determined that a vehicle following another one too closely caused a confrontation. The officers were told that an adult grabbed a juvenile by the neck, causing red marks. Officers located the adult, 38-year-old LeRoy E. Allen, Jr, of Hastings, who admitted to grabbing the juvenile. Allen was cited with 5th degree assault. And, officers responded to the 600 block of Commerce Drive to investigate a report of damage to property. Officers report that a mailbox sustained damage after an explosive device was set off inside it. The investigation is listed as inactive. All persons named in the blotter report are assumed innocent until proven guilty.

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    No Free Rides from Candidate

    Organizers of this weekend's Rivertown Days have a change to the published schedule that lists the dozens of activities, shows and attractions offered by the 40th festival taking place the rest of this week. Due to rules that regulate actions by declared candidates, the Free Trolley Rides that were to have transported guests from Levee Park to the Craft Show in Jaycee Park, will not be allowed to operate. The afternoon transportation, entitled Moving Forward with Mary and sponsored by Mayoral candidate Mary Hoffman Fasbender, cannot be provided, according to restrictions on candidates. The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau is the coordinator for the annual city festival.

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    Police Commission Meets July 18

    A meeting of the Prescott Police Commission has been scheduled for 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 18th. Following a roll call, the meeting will then convene into closed session pursuant Wisconsin Statutes involving confidential conferring with legal counsel for the City who will brief them on oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted pertaining to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved. The police union was named as involved in that strategy. The commission, chaired by Bill Pryor, will also hear closed door testimony considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of a public employee , in this instance the Chief of Police position. The meeting then reconvenes into open session with action taken on items discussed in closed session. The results, as in the past will continue to be requested by KDWA, to provide transparency to the process and decisions made by commissions representing the city of Prescott.

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    MedallionHuntClue2

    Edina Realty Clue Number 2-

    A yearly dilemma

    where could it be?

    Miles inland

    or by a path to the sea?

    Two bridges before

    a shape so unique

    If you pass it by

    youre straight in the creek.

    Remember, the clues are given out by Edina Realty in Hastings. Searchers may not go onto private land or use any method of digging or climbing to reach the medallion.

    If found, call them- 651-437-2121.

       

    Miss Hastings To Be Crowned Wednesday

    The 2018 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition will take place on Wednesday night at the Hastings Arts Center for the official return of the title to Hastings with the crowning of Miss Hastings 2019! Three contestants will vie for the title of Miss Hastings 2019. Sharice White, Lydia Greene and Alliana Mattimiro will contend for this official preliminary event for the Miss Minnesota program. A long list of special guests will also be involved including of Miss Minnesota 2018 as well as Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2018. Mike Bremer of HCTV's "Take a Hike, Mike!" and Hastings native Miss Minnesota 2015 Rachel Latuff Betterley will be the hosts of this very special evening. Several former Miss Hastings will also take part, including the very first Miss Hastings, JoAnn Viall who celebrates the 60th anniversary of her crowning in 1958. Titleholders from across the state will provide a magical display of their crowns and Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks will welcome all to the return of the Miss Hastings Program after many years in hiatus. Tickets available at the doors. Fee is 10 dollars per person. Doors to the hastings Arts Center will open at 6:15 pm with the program beginning at 7.

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    Short Work Week For Alley Project

    An abreviated schedule will be in place for the week of July 16-18th for the alley construction which is part of the Riverfront Renaissance 3.1 According to Public Works Director Nick Egger, Infill of most of the remaining concrete pavement will continue on the eastern end of the alley leaving only a small section unpaved that will need to remain open allowing Xcel Energy access to tie into existing underground electrical facilities in a few weeks. Besides a general cleanup that will button up loose ends in time for Rivertown Days visitors, construction dumpsters and equipment will be secured for the 3 day festival. Egger notes that the City and contractor have met with electricians who will be working on building service reconnections. He states that it will be several weeks before Xcel Energys new underground system is available for connection, with work on individual electrical services expected to pick up sometime in mid-August. There may be some preparatory, rough-in work performed at some of the buildings between now and then, and wherever that is possible, electricians will be contacting building owners to coordinate that work and explain the process. He also reminds pedestrians that uneven surfaces will remain and that there will be no motor vehicle traffic allowed in the alley until it is completed.

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    Prescott Police Log July 17

    From the Prescott Police blotter, a traffic stop near the intersection of Jefferson and Dexter Streets resulted in 34-year-old Stillwater resident Michael Donald Frank being ticketed for traveling 40 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour speed zone. A civil complaint brought officers to the area of Court and Oak Streets. The investigation of the call resulted in the arrest of 50-year-old Hastings resident Richard Allen Snyder on 2 active warrants for failure to appear in court. And, a report of found bones brought officers to the 100 block of S Elm Street. Investigating officers located 4 bags of small bones that appeared to be feline in nature. There was no further information available on this case. All persons named in the blotter report are assumed innocent until proven guilty.

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    Prescott Chamber Needs Food Drive Help

    The Prescott Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers for the annual Prescott Daze Food Drive. According to the Chamber, this year the Middle School will not be able to help out. The Chamber was able to enlist the help of a local Girl Scout troop, but was notified by the Girl Scout Council that the scouts can not sell or collect money for another non-profit organization or cause. The Girl Scout Council stated the local scouts may only collect food donations during the parade. The Prescott Chamber is looking for adults or families to help out. People interested in volunteering to walk the parade route and sell cookies and beverages are asked to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 715-262-3284. The Chamber reported that the 2017 food drive generated 190 pounds of donated food items and monetary donations of over $1,285, with the donations designated for the Prescott Area Food Pantry.

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    MET Council Plan For Enerkem

    The Metropolitan Council has adopted the facility plan for a proposed wastewater reuse project in the southeast metro, giving approval on June 27 to submit the plan to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The proposed project advances the reuse of wastewater once its been treated at the Empire Wastewater Treatment Facility in Farmington. A Canadian firm, Enerkem, in partnership with local firm SKB Environmental, expressed interest in using reclaimed water at its proposed waste-to-biofuel facility in Inver Grove Heights. The facility is projected to create more than 100 jobs. By using reclaimed water from the Empire facility, Enerkem would avoid withdrawing approximately 1.6 million gallons a day of groundwater as its water source. The proposed Southeast Metro Water Reclamation Facility would be located at the Council's former Rosemount Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project also includes a Council-owned distribution pipe to the 117th Street industrial area in Inver Grove Heights where the potential Enerkem facility would be located. The Council is prepared to proceed with the next steps of design and construction pending Enerkem's decision-making about its waste-to-biofuel project and the execution of agreements with Enerkem about the Council's design and construction cost recovery.

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    (Graphic courtesy of the Met Council)

    Hastings PD and FD Updates

    The Hastings Police Department welcomes their newest member of the Police Reserve Unit, Michelle Caballero, a Hastings native who is currently in field Training . She recently completed her Associate of Applied Science Degree in law enforcement at Inver Hills Community College and will begin study at Metro State in coursework to attain her Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement. Caballero brings a great skillset to the position including being fluent in English and Spanish. She and the rest of the reserves will assist the department during the upcoming Rivertown Days.

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    A Hastings officer that has been on medical leave will return to his position just in time for Rivertown Days. K-9 Officer Ozzy has fully recovered following back surgery and is looking forward to getting back to his regular patrol duties. Stop by and visit with him and his partner during their demonstration time scheduled for Friday evening at 6 PM near the Pavilion. And Nine new names listed on the roster at the Hastings Fire Department, beginning their EMT program in their position of paid, on call Firefighters on July 9th. Jordan Azzam, Jacob Bloomstrand, Kalvin Hinderschied, Jon Judge, Jason Krummel, Sean Maguire, Allyson Stadtler, Michael Wallace and Bernie White Their initial training will include the Emergency Medical Technician program.

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    2018 Medalion Hunt First Clue

    The Rivertown Days Medallion Hunt is on. The first clue was issued by Edina Realty, and reads as follows: Edina Realty hid a medallion to find. The shovel and ladder you can leave behind. On public lands in the City limits, good luck to all, now lets get to it.

    Watch for new clues at KDWA.com.

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    Crash Claims Three Family Members

    Accident Report Update-The three people who died in a two vehicle crash on July 14th that took place on County Road 18 near the turnoff to Treasure Island Casino were members of a family that had already experienced tragedy. In March of 2016, a Wisconsin mother, Marya Christiansen, went missing after failing to return from a gathering in Red Wing. She was found 4 days later in her van which was submerged just under a bridge near the boat landing near Hager City. Those killed on Saturday were Christiansen's mother and two young sons. In the Saturday incident, four people, including 2 adults and the 2 children were traveling in a passenger vehicle when they were hit by a SUV traveling in the opposite direction. The force of the accident split the passenger vehicle nearly in half, with the front seat passenger, an adult female, 47 year old   Stacy Lane and her grandsons, Zachary Johnson, 8, and Taylor Johnson, 5, who were passengers in the back seat, were pronounced dead at the scene. An adult male , Rob Welch, who was the driver of the vehicle and the driver of the SUV were taken to nearby hospitals. Family sources confirmed Monday that Welch is in critical condition following an airlink transport to a Rochester hospital. The condition and name of the driver of the SUV were not immediately known.

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    New DevelopmentIncludesDonuts

    In economic development updates for July as released by the city, longtime speculation about a new business coming to Vermilliion Street has been laid to rest with the announcement that Dunkin' Donuts has received plan review with remodeling work starting soon in the northern space of the business center most recently occupied by a tobacco and vape store. The building has a drive through window that will be utilized for the new tenant. There was no information provided on when they will be open for business. And Several other existing businesses have also conveyed their plans to remodel or expand including the New Art of Denistry located at 1222 North Frontage Road and the North American Bank Building at 1640 South Frontage Road. The new construction Aspen Dental Building at Pleasant And North Frontage Road is progressing in their build with a shell now completed and work to begin on the parking area and interiors on schedule.

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    Street Repari Nears Completion For Now

    The mill and overlay project that involved several streets and corners in the city was interrupted by heavy rains that continued from Thursday evening and into Friday. The work being done involved ADA compliance for the corners and sewer covers with the new alphalt installation curtailed on Friday, needed to even out the road surfaces around the work. The efforts are intended to get the work completed before this weekend's Rivertown Days.

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    Czeck Faces Four Felony Counts

    The first court appearance took place on Friday, July 13th for a Hastings man, business owner Joseph Czeck, who faced Dakota County District Court Judge Richelle Wahi to hear charges and terms that were set following an incident that took place on July 9th. The 33 year old driver of a landscape truck which was documented on video as to have been operating near the area of Rich Valley Boulevard and 125th Street in Rosemount, where it allegedly lost a half ton boulder from the back of that truck which then hit a vehicle containing two Shoreview woman, who suffered significant trauma and died at the scene. Killed were 67 year old Karen Christensen and her daughter, Jena, 32. Karen was retired from nearby Dakota County Technical College where she had worked as a training representative who worked with students to find them employment opportunities.

    Witnesses interviewed provided police with information that a person believed to have been Joseph Czeck was seen in the area on the side of the road using strapping to tie down remaining large rocks in the truck bed.The incident took place just before 5pm on the 9th and witnesses noted that the truck did not stop following the incident. According to the complaint,Rosemount Police monitored several possible addresses associated with Czeck, including one in Hastings then arrested Czeck on July 11th at a home in Inver Grove Heights, where the truck seen in the video was found in an enclosed building on that property.

    Dakota County District Attorney James Backstrom commented that anyone involved in a vehicle crash must remain at the scene and contact law enforcement. Failure to do so could result in a felony charge. The charges include 2 counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide causing a collision and leaving the scene and two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide involving Gross Negligence. The judge set the bail at $70,000 and Czeck's next court appearance is set for October 4th in Hastings.

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    City Looks For Energy Plan

    A project that was introduced to the community earlier this year, is now on hold, but the staffing changes that have caused the Energy Action Plan to stall, won't mean it will end. A partnership with Daniel Saunders, will gather some community input to determine where the focus should be to improve the city's energy efficiency and sustainability. Saunders is a Hastings Alumni and completed his Master's Thesis in the field and will assist the city in tailoring a plan to fit the needs of the Hastings Community. The efforts are expected to resume again in the fall. In the meantime, the city has partnered with Energy Action team member and graduate student, Daniel Saunders, to gather community input on where the plan should focus. A short survey about the plan is featured in a link on the City's webpage.

    Survey Monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZLLLWFK

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    Rivertown Days Ready For Fun

    The 40th Rivertown Days will take place this weekend. See the Rivertown Days Facebook Page and find the complete schedule at www.hastingsmn.org. Buttons and event schedules can be found at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, 314 Vermillion Street, across from Hastings City Hall. Cost for buttons is $4.00 in advance and $5.00 at the Gate. The festival, including entertainment and the carnival, will take place on the riverfront in Levee Memorial Park. Buttons are required for entry to the event grounds. The carnival does not require a button for entry. Gates open at 5pm onFriday, July 20th with entertainment and food vendors until 11:00 p.m. On Saturday, July 21st: LEVEE PARK & CARNIVAL hours are 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 22nd: LEVEE PARK will open at 9:00 a.m.for the community church service with activities held until - 5:00 p.m. Hours for the CARNIVAL on Sunday are Noon until 5:00 p.m

    Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks also outlined some of the events and attractions for Rivertown Days this weekend.

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    Complete details are available on the city website at hastingsmn.gov and the Chamber of Commerce website at hastingsmn.org.

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    Photo is from 2017 Community Church service hosted by Crossroads Church

       

    Reckless Charge For Firework Frolic

    The Fourth of July celebration of a man from Newport got a bit out of hand in Hudson. According to published reports, 48-year-old William Joseph Johnson was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. In an initial encounter with Hudson Police, Johnson was advised that the type of fireworks he was using were not legal in Wisconsin. Johnson argued the point with the officer, who then issued a warning to Johnson. Johnson later was found to be using the fireworks, and allegedly aiming them at passersby and setting off firecrackers under a police cruiser. The officer arrested Johnson, who was released July 5th from St. Croix County jail on a signature bond. Johnson made an initial appearance in court on the 11th.

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    Dakota County Jail Log July 13

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, deputies arrested 36-year-old Northfield resident Kendrick Rommand Hill on felony charges of assault and sharing explicit images without permission. Hill is being held on $25,000 bail as the charges are processed. Rosemount officers detained 49-year-old Northfield resident Ramon Clay Jackson of felony counts of 3rd degree possession of narcotics, 5th degree possession of marijuana, and driving under the influence. Jackson remains in custody as the charges are investigated. And, officers with the Farmington Police department arrested 32-year-old Farmington resident Terry Richard Kabage on a misdemeanor count of assault. Kabage made his initial appearance for the charge on July 13th.

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    Dakota County Jail July 12

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, Hastings officers arrested 46-year-old Hastings resident Eric Brian Green on a misdemeanor count of 5th degree assault. Green was booked and released pending processing of the charge. Rosemount Police detained 25-year-old Minneapolis resident Desra James Humphrey on a charge of misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon. Humphrey remains in custody as the charge is investigated. Authorities in Inver Grove Heights detained 28-year-old Hastings resident Joshua Martinez on a misdemeanor charge of theft. Bail for Martinez has been set at $500 and his first appearance was set for the 12th. And Rosemount Police arrested 46-year-old Farmington resident Michael Lyle Stucky, Sr. on a felony charge of 5th degree possession of marijuana, and a misdemeanor probation violation charge. Stucky is listed as under sentence at the jail.

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    Rosemount Survey Rolls Out

    The City of Rosemount is asking its citizens to share their views on how the community is doing. According to a press release issued by the City, a random sample of 1,600 Rosemount households began receiving postcards this week signed by City Administrator Logan Martin advising them of the survey, and that it wont take much time to make a big difference by completing the survey. The survey will arrive in a separate mailing later this month. The survey is being conducted by National Research Center, Inc., which compiles data for cities and counties around the nation. This is the first time that Rosemount has been a part of the program.

    The results will give the Rosemount City Council ways to gauge the Citys performance against other communities. Subjects covered in the survey include public safety, facilities, and economic development. The quality of the results depends on a strong response rate from people who receive the mailings. Individual responses are anonymous. Residents who do not receive a mail-in survey will still be able to share their views via an online version that will be available later in the summer. The City Council will receive results of the surveys this fall, and will be able to draw on them as the Council sets priorities and budgets for Rosemount.

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    Prescott Boat Launch Update

    The chair of the Prescott Parks and Public property committee, Alderperson Bailey Ruona, called the July 10th meeting to order at 5:30pm. Alderperson Rob Daugherty, Public works employee Mike Kinneman and City Administrator Jayne Brand attended the meeting. Parking and signage near the boat launch was discussed. There has been a problem with large trailers encroaching over the curb to make the corner near the Eagle Point condos. The suggestion is to have signs direct vehicles towing trailersto turn right into the parking lot, then proceed to through the center land. The committee also decided to relocate the handicap parking stall over one space to accomodate the backing up for loading and offloading boats. The current handicap stall will be striped with yellow lines indicating no parking. This will also mean that the docks will be switched from one side to the other making it easier for those using the handicap dock area. Signage is planned to alert users to the change.

    Prescott Parks Discussed

    During the recent meeting of the Prescott Parks and Public property committee, Chairperson Bailey Ruona listed a topic that needed action concerning the use of the property at the end of Lake Street. It was noted that several cooking grills were in use when she visited the site and that dogs, swimmers and non-motorized watercraft were also utilizing the area. Signage was discussed to ask that dog owners restrain their pet on a leash and remove any waste. Signs could also be considered that grills are not allowed, there is to be no alcohol use and that there are no lifeguards at that site.

    A Kayak and canoe launch could also be designated with a sign. Prescott police have also been consulted about making more frequent patrols of the area. A discussion was also held on Magee Park usage and maintenance. One suggestion was to construct a dog park, however municipal liability was mentioned as a concern. Trails could also be made, perhaps one that would come down the ravine from the school and into the park. Other options and connections will be considered. The meeting addressed several areas of the city. You'll find the complete story online at kdwa.com

    Oakwood Cemetery Preservation

    The work being done at Oakwood Cemetery in Hastings to repair grave markers there is being completed by Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation, out of Duluth. Shirley Dalaska explains how the group found its way here.

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    The team of preservationists worked on markers in the cemetery on Wednesday and Thursday, and are scheduled for work at St. Lukes on Friday and Saturday.

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    Dak Co Jail July11

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report, Rosemount Police arrested 32-year-old Laveal Oneal Allen on a felony charge of violation of registration requirements for predatory offenders. Allen remains in custody as the charge is processed. Farmington officers detained 41-year-old Lakeville resident Cheri Lynn Hubbard on a felony count of 5th degree possession of marijuana, misdemeanor theft, and several misdemeanor vehicle and traffic violations. Hubbard remains in custody pending an initial appearance in court on the 13th. Hastings officers arrested 30-year-old St. Paul resident Andrew Scott Kirk on a felony charge of 4th degree assault of an officer of the law. Kirk remains in custody as the charge is investigated. And, Dakota County deputies detained 23-year-old Cannon Falls resident Jonathon Brian Peters on two counts of failure to stop for an accident. Peters made his initial appearance for the charges on the 11th.

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    HHS Grad Takes Flight

    2017 Hastings High School graduate and U.S. Air Force Airman Mason J. Lenz recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Airman Lenz completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Lenz is the son of Sirena Lenz of Newport, and Steve Norquist of Hastings, and stepson of Sarah Norquist, also of Hastings.

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    National Award For Riverfront Renaissance

    The Riverfront Renaissance project has been awarded the 2018 American Public Works Association Public Works Project of the year in the category of Structures in Small cities/Rural Communities. The program promotes recognizes the alliance among the managing agency, contractor, consultant and their cooperative achievements. Bolton and Menk announced the honor and their contribution to the three-phase development that sought to revitalize and reconnect the downtown to the Mississippi River. The Master plan included a limestone amphitheater, a musical playground, ice skating rink, enhancement of the River Trail and a veterans memorial. The award will be recognized during the Public Works Expo, held at the end of August in Kansas City Missouri.

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    Lighting Upgrade In Progress

    Public Works crews took time on Tuesday to remove a light pole between 7th and 8th Street on the east side of Vermillion Street. Public Works Director Nick Egger has an explanation of just what is going on.

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    The effort will continue with some temporary lane closures necessary to allow heavy lifting equipment to manuveur the switch. Motorists are asked to watch for the work crews,slow down and move over for safety.

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    Prescott Names New Interim Chief

    On Wednesday, the Prescott Police Commission announced its plan to work with the Pierce County Sheriffs Office during its transition for the hiring of a new Chief of Police. According to a press release issued by City Administrator Jayne Brand, starting August 1st, Pierce County Investigator Doug Ducklow will be serving as the Chief for the Prescott Police Department. Investigator Ducklow will help with policies and procedures and provide training to employees that need specific training or mandated training. Investigator Ducklow will be considered an office chief but will answer to emergencies as needed. Investigator Ducklow will remain under the supervision of the Pierce County Sheriff. The City of Prescott will reimburse the County for his salary, fringe benefits and mileage. The press release also states that the Prescott Police Commission, Mayor and Council appreciate the cooperation of Sheriff Hove and her department during this transition.

       

    Chief Schutt Council Closed Door

    Following the administrative portion of the July 9th Hastings City Council meeting, came the action to close the public portion of the meeting to evaluate the performance of an individual subject to the Council's authority. Mayor Hicks provided an explanation of the closed door meeting with a statement that it involved Fire Chief Mike Schutt. It was not made clear, however, what performance issues would be addressed or whether the evaluation was a fact finding interview or addressing another type of grievance. A 15 minute meeting was than conducted with Schutt and all members of the council, Mayor Hicks and City Attorney Dan Fluegel. When the meeting ended the council voted to adjourn. KDWA asked Fleugel and Schutt for a comment on the results, Both declined to provide them. It is not known if the council will take further action on the issue.

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    Council Approves Funding

    During the Administration portion of the July 9th Hastings City Council meeting, the request was made to approve funding that would be provided by the city in the amount of $19,000 over a 2 year period to finance learning sessions facilitated by a partnership with ISD 200 and the Hastings Area YMCA. The topic received approval of the finance committee, although there was discussion about private financial partnerships, without coming to the City. Councilmember Joe Balsanek, a member of the Finance committee, questioned the funding amount and propriety of using public monies but believes in the initiative. He stated that he ultimately acquesced, but confirmed that some pushback was communicated to him by the public on the amount of funding.

    Councilperson Braucks shared that sentiment earlier in the discussion, but now feels the funding is warranted as it serves the community's common good. Councilperson Leifeld thanked the others for their support , noting the city is called upon to lead and the funding places significance in the goal of a more welcoming and accepting community that will benefit the future of the city. Mayor Hicks noted that the YMCA leads with their funding by contributing 2 and a half times more than what is being asked of from the City. The approval was then given to provide $19,000 over the next 2 years to facilitate the program. A second community conversation on inclusion and diversity will take place on Tuesday, July 16th at the Hastings High School.

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    City Financial Report Results

    During the Hastings City Council regular meeting, held on Monday, July 9th, a presentation was given by a representative from the Bergan kdv auditors on the annual comprehensive financial report provided for the year 2017. The review began with an overall passing grade for the report with no new findings and what was described as a clean bill of health. In details within the report, the representative noted that the general fund sits at just over 5 million dollars, an increase of 4.7% over 2016. Property taxes reflect 72% of the city's revenue which is 280,000 less than last year, 112,000 of that from a reduction in services. On the cost side of the equation, the cost of the police force is the largest expense, 52% of the total budget, which is consistant with other cities of a similar size. Looking at the past 5 years, the figures show expendatures in general have shows a small increase. A look at the revenue produced in the city in 2017 will be the focus in our next newscast.

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    The Hastings City Council heard a presentation from Bergan kdv auditors on the 2017 Comprehensive financial report. The report reflected a positive revenue picture, noting the Parks and Recreation department shows a revenue increase of 150,000, while in the Public Works department, a gap in employment for several weeks of one position coupled by a retirement, resulted in their expenses coming in under budget. Overall, budgets in intergovernmental departments show a decrease of 1.4%. In the four enterprise funds, the water fund reflects operating income that has increased with fewer operating costs. Increased fees resulted in operating revenues being higher for the sewer fund. The Storm water fund has also increased due, in part, to decreases in expenses and the hydro fund showed a slight operating loss. The report also revealed that tax capacity rates decreased by 6%. The auditor noted that the figures received from the city received no findings that require correction.

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    Neighborhood Upgrade Continues

    The second summer of improving the Neighborhood infrastructure continues progress with replacement of the sewer main on 7th Street between Ashland and Spring anticipated to be completed this week. Replacement of the water main on 7th Street between Ashland and Spring will begin and should be completed by the end of the week. Crews will continue grading the boulevard areas directly behind the curb, however, top soil is not expected to be placed until later in the project to help prevent the growth of weeds prior to seeding.

    Additional gravel will also be placed between the new curbs on 8th St, Forest St, and the alleys, as well as between the existing curbs on Walnut St. This will be fine graded in preparation for paving of those streets/alleys, which is tentatively scheduled for July 16th. Work done around this project has several blocks limiting access so that workers can safely attend to the job at hand.

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    Summer Weekend Sizzles

    The weekend traffic at area lakes and river hot spots were teaming with tourists, boaters, swimmers and picnic guests. The marinas, beaches and docks in the Tri County area experienced near capacity parking needs with plenty of trailers, campers and bikes observed both days of a near perfect summer weekend. Parks and restaurants noted an uptick in visitors as evidenced in lines for launching near Prescott and even at the highwater landing at Jaycee Park. Loading remained challenging at that spot due to fast moving currents and evaporated shore lines. The dock approach is also still underwater, with pontoons docked there requiring passengers to wade in hip deep water to get to shore. River levels are expected to drop this week if the weather stays dry.

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    Prescott Police Commission Meeting July 9

    Four of the five members of the Prescott Police Commisssion met on Monday afternoon, July 9th at 3 pm. In a closed door session, statements were requested by several members of the Prescott Police Department including Officers Thomas Koen, Mark Schultz, Jesse Neeley and Eric Michaels. A previous meeting held July 2nd asked for statements from Officer Brette McMahon. The citizen volunteer members of the commission, Cherie Johnson, Neil Riley, Bill Fetzner and chair Bill Pryor conducted the interviews, concluding the meeting just before 5 oclock. Commissioner Mark Pierce was not in attendance. There was no representative present for the city.

    Requests for the subject of issue before them, whether or not the charges were directed to a specific officer, and how soon the results would be made public were met with no comment. Pryor did confirm, however, that a decision had been made calling on the commission's authority in hiring, firing or discipline and that the decision will now be provided to the City for action.   

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    Dakota Communications Center Report

    The Dakota Communications Center held a board of directors meeting during the first week in July. Council member Joe Balsanek serves on the board representing the City of Hastings. Some of the topics on the agenda included review of response times for Fire, EMT and Law Enforcement personnel. Standards are generally set to make sure services meet objectives for the communities they are tasked to protect. There is not a designated national standard so the Law Enforcement Operations Committee has created its own to identify certain priority one call types that should be processed within an average of 55 seconds or less. As dispatching may depend on individual agency protocol, a true standard is difficult to set. The board considers these six incident types as priority one- Assaults, Domestics, Fights, Personal injury Accidents, Robberies and Weapons. On Average, all call types had response times in June that fell below that 55 second standard except for calls relating to weapons, which took about 10 seconds more to process. The board views the response record, and understands that many factors can determine the response rate, including time of day, weather conditions and day of the week. The Dakota Communication Center is the dispatch hub where all emergency calls come to be distributed to the appropriate agency.

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    First Responders are the trained professionals that are dispatched from the Dakota Communications Center as the calls come in from all across the county. Although departments and resources in each community are different- due to size, service area or population differences- similarities were also observed by the Board of Directors who met in early July to hear the latest report on the effectiveness and volume of all types of emergency responses made in the first half of 2018. In the area of Law Enforcement calls so far this year in Hastings, 7,273 responses have been requested from the public, with an average of 1,200 calls coming in each month. A city population of 22,400 residents also required 1,783 responses from Fire/EMT services so far this year, averaging 300 calls per month. Each city in the county is different, as the largest community, Eagan, with just over 68,000 residents, needed action from a combined 27,000 separate calls so far this year. The smallest response record is Miesville Fire Department, who has been called to 53 events since the first of the year, many of those assisting other departments when requested. The city of Hastings is represented on the DCC board by Council member Joe Balsanek.

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    More details and information provided last week by the meeting of the Board of Directors for the Dakota Communications Center. Council member Joe Balsanek serves on the board representing the City of Hastings. Response times are logged according to industry standards with fire call processing reported to have 88% of Structure fireds handled within 64 seconds and 100% of such calls processed within 106 seconds. Such call response is referred to as ring to ding and means the time from the connection of the call to the alarm sounding to action by fire departments in that area. There are other types of calls that are received such as HAZMAT, Water or Ice Rescues, when there is need for the use of a TTY Language interpreter line or when it is difficult to determine the location of the emergency due to other factors. The board reviews the response times of Fire and Law enforcement and compares the volume and efficiency of the departments to determine if more personnel are needed or if there are ways to improve on the service. Reports were also shared on any deficits that may have occured in coding, providing incorrect information, sending correct resources to emergency events and the handling of any training or response errors.

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    Prescott Police Commission Hears Charges

    The Prescott Police Commission met on Thursday evening, July 5th for another closed door session with the agenda revealing only that it was to address the investigation of charges against a Prescott Police Officer. Members of the Commission, Chair Bill Pryor, Bill Fetzner, Neil Riley and Mark Pierce were in attendance with Cheri Johnson absent. Represeting the city was Administrator Jayne Brand. The meeting was called to order then adjourned into closed session. A Prescott Police officer was allowed to attend closed session with Brand and other public removed from council chambers. The meeting reconvened, a vote taken to act on recommendations made in that closed session, then adjourned. Request for the vote or topic of the meeting was met with no comment. Request for the name of the officer under investigation was also denied. Another meeting has been set for 3pm on Monday, July 9th in Council Chambers with the agenda again stating it will be a closed session to address investigation of charges made against a Prescott Police officer.

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    HelpingKidsSucceed

    Building a web of support is a cornerstone of the Helping Kids Succeed program, sponsored by the United Way of Hastings. In an upcoming IN Depth program, Jayne Newmiller Bustad and Amy Schafer explained how the program works as well as who is involved.

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    Older students are mentors and the district provided the opportunity to get out the positive message.

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    More inforamation about the program can be found on their website- www.unitedwayofhastings.org

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    Hastings Public Safety Commission

    Abbreviated minutes of the most recent Hastings Public Safety Commission meeting included call to order by Chair Bryon Ascheman with opening of new business. There were no representatives from the Fire Department due to schedule conflicts from the Chief and Assistant. In Police Department Updates, information was conveyed about new process for hiring that will take place in August. Preparations for Rivertown Days and the new Levee Park Venue were discussed with plans being made to meet the needs of the large number of people that will be in the city for the 3 day festival, July 20-22. Topics included the new carnival and entertainment location, parking changes and needs for the parade. Student Resource Officer Kline will be assisting in numberous events this summer including appearances at SPARK events.

    Under old business, a recap of the Police Open house in May with plans to better address the picnic supplies which ran out before the end of the event. Another community gathering, National Night Out, held on Tuesday, August 7th, began planning to host again this year at Lions Park. Target had been a big contributor, and outreach will begin to replace that resource. A planning workshop for NNO will take place on July 12th beginning at 6:30 pm. Work continues on the Police Mission Statement and significant strides were noted. The next Hastings Public Safety Commission meeting will be held on Augst 16, for a recap of National night out and to address development of the mission statement.

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    Rate Increases Proposed

    At the July 9th meeting of the Hastings City Council, the Council will conduct a first reading and act on a request to order a public hearing for July 23rd, in consideration of an ordinance amendment adjusting Utility fees. In 2016 the City conducted a utility rate study and took an in-depth look at the structure of the utility funds and sustainability. The study recommended a rate restructure, which was passed and implemented in July of 2017. The current rate adjustment request is part of the recommendations of the 2016 study. The proposed rate increase is included in the 2018 City budget. It is anticipated this increase will create a neutral or positive revenue stream from each of the utility funds. This is the last so-called catch-up increase for Utility funds. Rate increase requests in future years will be evaluated based on fund health, and are expected to be in line with inflationary measures. If approved, the updated fee structure will be effective with the July 2018 billing cycle. Specific rate increase information is available online at hastingsmn.gov.

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    Helping Hastings Kids Succeed

    Building a web of support is a cornerstone of the Helping Kids Succeed program, sponsored by the United Way of Hastings. In an upcoming IN Depth program, Jayne Newmiller Bustad and Amy Schafer explained how the program works as well as who is involved.

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    Older students are mentors and the district provided the opportunity to get out the positive message.

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    More inforamation about the program can be found on their website- www.unitedwayofhastings.org

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    Prescott Police Commission July 5

    The Prescott Police Commission met on Thursday evening, July 5th for another closed door session with the agenda revealing only that it was to address the investigation of charges against a Prescott Police Officer. Members of the Commission, Chair Bill Pryor, Bill Fetzner, Niel Riley and Mark Pierce were in attendance with Cheri Johnson absent. Represeting the city was Administrator Jayne Brand. The meeting was called to order then adjourned into closed session.

    A Prescott Police officer was allowed to attend closed session with Brand and other public removed from council chambers. The meeting reconvened, a vote taken to act on recommendations made in that closed session, then adjourned. Request for the vote or topic of the meeting was met with no comment. Request for the name of the officer under investigation was also denied. Another meeting has been set for 3pm on Monday, July 9th in Council Chambers with the agenda again stating it will be a closed session to address investigation of charges made against a Prescott Police officer.

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    Open Your Heart This Summer

    Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has announced the 8th annual Summer Challenge Grant to boost donations to MN food shelves when they need it most. Each participating food shelf, including Hastings Family Service, receives a proportionate match based on the amount raised throughout the month of July. The more funds donated to HFS in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. Every dollar donated to HFS through July 31st will count toward the proportionate match. Go to hastingsfamilyservice.org to make your gift or to learn more about this matching gift opportunity.

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    Invasive Starry Stonewort Hunt

    Dakota County and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center are seeking volunteers on Saturday, August 18th, from 8:30 AM to 1 PM for Starry Trek, a search for starry stonewort, a type of algae that is Minnesotas newest aquatic invasive species. Meet at Camp Sacajawea Retreat Center in Apple Valley for training before checking nearby lakes for starry stonewort. After the survey, volunteers will return to Camp Sac to report findings. No equipment or experience is necessary. Receive a gift for participating. Register by Aug. 6th by following the link provided at KDWA.com.

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    https://www.maisrc.umn.edu/starrytrek (Registration Link)

       

     

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