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    Commissions Seek Members

    The City of Hastings seeks residents that are interested in contributing to the direction and future of the Community. One very good way to get involved in the process is to volunteer with one of several Hastings' Commissions and Committees. Parks & Rec, Planning, HEDRA, Public Safety, and Historic Preservation all have openings to join in 2020. Learn more at HastingsMN.gov, and apply online by October 31.

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    Counterfeit Money Passed

    The Hastings Police Department has been investigating an increase in passing of counterfeit currency in town. Deputy Chief David Wilske explains.

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    Deputy Chief Wilske also encourages businesses to use available resources to ensure the cash being received is real.

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    The name of the suspect was not released.

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    LeDuc Estate Reports Break In

    The LeDuc Historic Estate has been the victim of a recent break-in. DCHS Executive Director Matt Carter explains.

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    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hastings Police Department.

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    OHDS Guidelines Reviewed

    At the Monday evening meeting of the Hastings Historic Preservation Commission, Public Works Director Nick Egger made a presentation to the Commission regarding the background and scope of the Original Hastings Design Standards District Design Guidelines. Egger pointed out that the district was directed for creation in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan in 2000, and in the subsequent Heart of Hastings Plan. He added that it was finally adopted after an infill home was built, highlighting the need with a high amount of neighborhood interest. A recent survey showed half of area respondents supported the district and half were opposed. It was reported that the current OHDS guidelines are confusing, difficult to interpret, and are not clear enough concerning bulk and density and are overly concerned with details. Fortney said he believes newly-proposed guidelines would better protect the OHDS area from incompatible infill, yet allow more freedom to homeowners that propose improvements to their existing homes. The Commission approved a recommendation to a Council Committee that the OHDS regulations in the zoning ordinance should be amended as proposed, and consider adding the Heritage Preservation Commission as a recommending body to the City Council on OHDS application reviews.

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    Prescott Reviews Plat

    At the Prescott Parks and Public Property Committee meeting held on Monday, Greg Adams, and Dustin LaBlonde of Cedar Corp discussed the riverfront assessor plat. During the course of the meeting, the Committee discussed the underpass under the rail bridge, which has been proposed as an easement. There are also sanitary sewer lines and manholes which are on public property. According to the presentation, easements will need to be obtained for these lines. The Eagle Point Condos are within the public right of way of Kinnickinnic Street, so an adjustment in lot lines will be made to correct this issue. St. Croix Liquor and Geister Tattoo have a portion of their building which sits in the right of way, so the right of way was adjusted to give them the land they need. The front of a number buildings on Broad Street is within the public right of way, so this will also be adjusted. There were discussions if the easements should be recorded before the assessor plat is completed, or if it should be after. The Committee decided not to hold up the plat for recording of easements. The assessor plat will now move onto the railroad for their review.

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    Prescott Seeks Grant For Trail Expansion

    The Prescott Parks and Public Property Committee met for business on Monday evening. Among the agenda items was discussion of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Multimodal Local Supplement grant. The Committee opted to write a grant for the trail along the riverfront, the underpass under the railroad, the trail along Second Street to Broad Street, and from Broad Street along Highway 35 to Freedom Park. According to the meeting minutes, the grant needs to be written by December 6th, and Cedar Corporation will write the grant for the city at the cost of $1,000.    

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    Afton Project Awarded

    The American Public Works Association presented Washington County with its 2019 project of the year award in historic preservation for small cities and rural communities for its downtown Afton project. The award was presented to the board Oct. 15, and is for the reconstruction of County State Aid Highway 21 in Afton, and surrounding infrastructure. The City of Afton and Washington County partnered to reconstruct infrastructure within the 160-year-old Old Village of Afton. Together, with financial support from the state's Board of Water and Soil Resources, Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, Public Facilities Authority, and the Valley Branch Watershed District, WSB, the engineering consultant, led an eight-year process that assembled the project vision, procured stakeholder funding, and designed the project. The company also did construction administration and coordination with tribal communities to protect the Rattlesnake Effigy Mound. The project revitalized the Old Village of Afton, while protecting its historic properties. The $20 million effort included a new sanitary sewer collection and treatment system, reconstruction of county and local roads, new trails, levee reconstruction, stormwater enhancements, Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, and provided 100-year flood protection for the Old Village of Afton. To get the project done in one year, the contractor had three pipe crews, two grading crews, and multiple subconsultants working on the project simultaneously.    

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    (Photo: L to R: Wayne Sandberg, Cory Slagle, Lisa Weik, Fran Miron, Bill Palmquist, Wayne Johnson, Gary Kriesel, Stan Karwoski, Ronald Moorse, and Don Theisen. Photo courtesy Washington County)

    Ramp Closure On 494

    As work on the 494/694/94 interchange continues, the ramps connecting southbound 494 to Tamarack Road in Woodbury are scheduled to close on Monday, October 21st, at 6 PM. According to information released by MnDOT, motorists will be directed to follow the posted detour of southbound I-494, to the Valley Creek Road exit, to northbound Weir Drive, and Bielenberg Drive or Weir Drive, to the Valley Creek Road Interchange to access southbound I-494. Both ramps are expected to reopen in mid-November. Motorists are urged to plan ahead and allow more time to accommodate possible delays.

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    County Jail Report Oct. 16, 2019

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Wednesday, October 16th, Hastings Police detained 30-year-old Hastings resident Drey Robert Bauer on a misdemeanor charge of violation of an order for no contact. Bauer remains in custody pending an appearance in court on the 18th. Dakota County Deputies arrested 34-year-old Noah Ante Erickson on felony charges of theft, 3rd degree burglary, and fleeing police. Erickson remains in custody as the charges are processed. And Hastings Police apprehended 53-year-old Hastings resident Donald James Fawcett on two felony charges of 5th degree possession of drugs, and misdemeanor charges of trespassing, sale of drugs, and 5th degree assault. Fawcett remains in custody pending an appearance in court. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    SEAS Building New Rectory

    Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Hastings has begun construction of a new rectory on the northwest section of the church campus on the corner of 15th Street, and O'Connell Drive. According to information published on the church website, excavation began on the 7th, after the church received the building permits for construction. During the next several months, the construction crew will work to complete the building. The completion date for the project is dependent on many factors, but will hopefully take place sometime in the spring of 2020. The current rectory is closer to the SEAS school campus and will be put on the market soon. Fathers Dave Hennen and Matt Shireman will continue to reside there until the new rectory is ready. Church staff state that a generous parishioner left enough money in her will to cover the entire cost of this rectory project.

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    Woodbury Man Charged WIth Animal Cruelty

    25-year-old Woodbury resident Nicholas David Smith has been charged in Washington County with three felony counts of animal torture, allegedly beating his former girlfriend's dog on multiple occasions. The criminal complaint states that a woman reported to Woodbury police that she suspected her boyfriend, Schmidt, was responsible for seriously injuring her dog, Ziggy. The woman said Schmidt often expressed jealousy toward Ziggy and the couple often fought about how much time she spent with the dog. She said Schmidt had lived with her for most of the three months they had been together. During the investigation, Schmidt admitted to officers he was responsible for the dog's injuries and for sending threatening messages. He said he used his fists to repeatedly punch Ziggy and that he had kicked him on multiple occasions. Schmidt was booked October 10 at the Washington County Jail. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance November 18. If convicted, Schmidt could face up to four years in prison and fines up to $10,000 for each count.    

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    St. Paul Park Adopts Purple Heart City Status

    The City of St. Paul Park became an official Purple Heart City during the City Council meeting on October 7th. A proclamation ceremony with Commander Nick Morrison, of American Legion Post 98, and Commander David Bild, of Chapter 5 of the St. Paul Park Military Order of the Purple Heart, was held at the beginning of the Council meeting. Mayor Sandi Dingle accepted two road signs, to be placed at the border of town, with four more on order. The Purple Heart is awarded to military service members killed or wounded in combat. Bild, an Army veteran who lives in Newport, was wounded on three separate occasions during his two tours of duty in Vietnam.     

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    Pierce Co Foodshelf Remodeled

    The Pierce County Hunger Prevention Council celebrated the renovation of the Pierce County Food Shelf on Friday. Renovations were completed with funding from a $127,000 Community Facility Loan from the Rural Development branch of the USDA, and a $1,256 donation from CCF Bank's Jeans for a Cause fundraiser. Included in the renovation is a permanent location, with an outdoor space for garden beds and community nutrition education.

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    Pierce County Accident Injures 1

    On Monday, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office was notified of a single vehicle accident with injuries on CTH F, south of CTH M in Clifton Township, near River Falls. According to a PCSO press release, a Mercury operated by 46-year-old Prescott resident Shawn Brown was traveling southbound on CTH F. Brown's vehicle crossed over left of center and entered the east ditch impacting a tree. After Brown was extricated from the vehicle, he was transported from the scene to Regions Hospital in Saint Paul with undetermined injuries. Assisting the Pierce County Sheriff's Office at the scene was River Falls Area Ambulance and River Falls Fire Department. The cause of accident remains under investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.      

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    (Photo courtesy PCSO)

    Hwy 95 Accident Injures 2

    A three-vehicle accident on Highway 95 in Denmark township has injured two people. According to information released by the MN State Patrol, a Mitsubishi, driven by 41-year-old Melinda Mae Stevenson, of Blaine, was southbound on Highway 95, near 70th Street, when the Mitsubishi crossed the center line. A northbound International truck driven by 53-year-old Hastings resident Steven Vincent Foote swerved to avoid the Mitsubishi, which sideswiped the rear of the truck, then collided head-on with a northbound Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 31-year-old Michael John Friedrich, also of Hastings. Stevenson and Friedrich were injured in the accident, and Stevenson's injuries are said to be life-threatening. Stevenson was brought to Regions Hospital, and Friedrich to Woodwinds. The accident closed the section of highway 95 for several hours as the accident was cleared.   

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    Bilderback Pleads Guilty

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Dustin Allen Bilderback, age 34 of South St. Paul, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree in connection with the July 19, 2018, shooting of two peace officers in South St. Paul. According to the criminal complaint, officers of the South St. Paul Police Department were dispatched to a supportive housing group home to conduct a welfare check on Bilderback. Upon reaching the group home, the officers encountered Bilderback and his mental health caseworker outside the residence. While officers spoke with the case worker, Bilderback walked to his car parked in back of the group home. One of the responding officers followed him to ensure that Bilderback did not leave. Upon reaching his car, Bilderback pulled out a shotgun from the back seat, and the officer turned and ran to take cover. Bilderback shot at the officer, striking him in the left side of the his back, neck and arm. Bilderback continued to walk toward the officers and continued firing at them. He fired multiple shots striking a second officer in the leg. Bilderback fired his weapon a total of six times. Both officers survived. Judge Karen Asphaug ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing date for January 7, 2020 at 9 AM. The additional two counts of Intentional Attempted Murder in the Second Degree will be dismissed at the time of sentencing.   

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    County Jail Report Oct. 15, 2019

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Tuesday, October 15th, Hastings Police arrested 30-year-old Joshua James Duren on a felony charge of vehicle theft. Duren remains in custody pending an appearance in court on the 16th. Rosemount Police apprehended 31-year-old Christopher Jon Eggers on two felony charges of violation of registration requirements for a predatory offender, a felony charge of possession or sale of counterfeit checks, and misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property, theft, assault, disorderly conduct, 4th degree damage to property, and tampering with a motor vehicle. Eggers remains in custody as the charges are processed. And Hastings Police detained 26-year-old Kevin Allen LeClaire on a felony charge of theft. LeClaire was booked and released pending an appearance in court. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    Road Repairs In St. Paul Park

    The City of St. Paul Park has issued a notice to remind residents that Lincoln Avenue, between 13th and 14th Streets will be closed today and tomorrow for scheduled road repairs. Questions can be directed to the Public Works Department at 651-459-3730.   

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    K of C Sausage Supper

    The annual Knights of Columbus Sausage Supper is coming up. Joe Kummer has the details.

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    Armartey Sentenced

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Jonna Kojo Armartey, age 38 formerly of Eagan, was sentenced on Monday to 567 months in prison by Judge Shawn Moynihan in connection with deliberately driving his vehicle into 58-year-old Diane Peterson and 74-year-old Roger Peterson on June 28, 2018, killing them both, while they were walking in Eagan. Armartey pled guilty August 5, 2018 to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional). As part of the sentence Armartey was also ordered to pay restitution. A summary of the criminal complaint stated that shortly before 10 PM on June 28th, Eagan police officers were dispatched to a parking lot on a report of two people in need of medical attention. When officers arrived, they found both Diane and Roger Peterson struggling to breathe. Both were transported to Regions Hospital where they were pronounced dead. The injuries were consistent with blunt force trauma. In an interview, Armartey stated he saw the Petersons and that they "freaked him out" so he ran them over "going fast and hit them hard". Backstrom praised Kathy Keena, who prosecuted the case, and thanked the Eagan Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Dakota County Sheriffs Office for their thorough investigation of this case.   

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    Holiday Hoopla Coming

    Small Business Saturday in Hastings is scheduled for November 30th, and everyone is invited for the 8th Annual Hastings Holiday Hoopla. Downtown will have all the great activities again this year including; Reindeer Sleigh Rides, Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch, a Vendor Fair, and more. It all wraps up with the Lighted Parade down 2nd Street. Events will be held throughout the Historic Downtown area and the shops, restaurants, and other businesses will be open. The 5th annual Lighted Parade ends the day to Holiday Hoopla, starting at 5:30 pm.

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    Raiders Marching Band Wins

    The Hastings Raiders Marching Band was awarded First Place in Class AA at the Youth in Music State Marching Band competition, held at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday. The band also received the awards of Outstanding Visual Effects, Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Winds for their program "The Web We Weave". This is the fifth State title for the Raiders and their first in Class AA. The band is under the direction of Emily Chandler and assisted by Tom Wentzler, Josh Walhstrom, Grace Bauer and Drum Major Jack Raway.

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    County Workforce Board Seeks Nominations

    The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board has announced that the nomination period for several awards has opened. The Board seeks nominations for the Mark McAfee Friend of the Workforce Award, the Business Champion Award, the Willis E. Branning Excellence in Youth Employment Services Award, the Bob Klas Sr. Entrepreneur Award, and the Employer of the Year for People with Disabilities. These awards recognize businesses and individuals for contributions to the workforce in areas of advocacy, use of resources for hiring, and innovation and quality practices. Nominations can be submitted to Mark Jacobs, by email at Mark.Jacobs@co.Dakota.MN.US, or by phone at 651-554-5622.

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    Michalak Graduates From Basic Traning

    The U. S. Air Force has announced the graduation of U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman Andrew M. Michalak from basic training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, San Antonio, TX. Michalak, a 2016 graduate of Trinity School at River Ridge in Eagan, 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, and earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Michalak is the son of Isabelle and Joseph Michalak, of St. Paul.

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    Dakota County Weekly Jobs Oct. 11, 2019

    Dakota County has posted its weekly listing of job openings, which include an assistant county engineer for program development, a child support specialist, a commercial manager, a human resource generalist, and social workers for children's mental health, and family assessment. Complete details, job applications, and application deadlines can be found by logging on to Agency.GovernmentJobs.com/Dakota.

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    County Jail Report Oct. 12, 13, 14, 2019

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Saturday, October 12th, Rosemount Police arrested 38-year-old Steven Jon Esselink on a misdemeanor charge of 5th degree possession of drugs. Esselink was booked and released as the charge is processed. Rosemount Police apprehended 41-year-old Ezra Leija on a felony charge of violation of an order for no contact. Leija is being held without bail as the charge is processed. And Hastings Police detained 36-year-old Hastings resident Joshua Adam Martin on a misdemeanor charge of assault. Bail for Martin was set at $10,000, and he made an appearance in court on the 14th. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Sunday, October 13th, Hastings Police apprehended 31-year-old Sharraminna Rose Cardenas on a misdemeanor charge of assault. Cardenas remains in custody and made an appearance in court on the 24th. Washington County Deputies detained 37-year-old Hastings resident William Garcia Stone on a misdemeanor charge of driving with a canceled license. Stone also has a warrant in Rice County for failure to pay child support. Stone remains in custody as the charges are processed. And Hastings Police arrested 60-year-old Red Wing resident Allan John Cordes on a misdemeanor charge of assault. Bail for Cordes is set at $10,000 as the charge is processed. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Monday, October 14th, Hastings Police detained 55-year-old Hastings resident Jerome Curtis Frazier on misdemeanor charges of violation of an order for no contact, and assault. Frazier made an initial appearance in court on the 14th. 59-year-old Cottage Grove resident Dwight Wayne McGriff was arrested by police in Inver Grove Heights on a felony charge of theft. McGriff posted bail as the charge is processed. And Hastings Police apprehended 61-year-old Hastings resident Susan Katherine Roverud on a misdemeanor charge of assault. Roverud made an initial appearance in court on the 14th. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    Farm To School Grant Period Open

    U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced the opening of applications for the 2020 Farm to School Grant Program available for Minnesota's Second Congressional District. In a press release, Rep. Craig stated that kids deserve healthy and nutritious foods, no matter where they live, and that by bringing together Minnesota farmers, school districts, and community partners, Farm to School creates meaningful community ties and healthier schools across Minnesota. Craig highly encourages schools in her district to apply for these grants to connect more students to the farming community. This program has $10 million to make grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to schools, school districts, nonprofits, state and local agencies, agricultural producers and Indian tribal organizations to develop farm to school action plans.   

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    Banquet Seeks Planning Volunteers

    The Prescott Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is looking for assistance with planning. According to an email sent out by Chamber Coordinator Casey Johnson, anyone interested in participating on this year's Planning Committee, is asked to sign up now. The Chamber would love to have new volunteers and new ideas for the upcoming event. Anyone interested is asked to send an email to ChamberOfPrescott@Gmail.com. Amber Hanson, of WESTconsin Credit Union, is chairing this committee.    

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    ISD Addresses Student Mental Health

    Student mental health is a major concern for staff and teachers at ISD 200. Superintendent Tim Collins recently commented on training to increase educator awareness for elementary-level students.

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    Hear Superintendent Collins' complete show, live on Fridays, with a rebroadcast on Mondays, only on KDWA.

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    Gobble Gait Route Change

    Gobble Gait is fast approaching. The annual race for HFS is on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th. Race organization committee members Jay Kochendorfer, and Mayor Mary Fasbender stopped in to the KDWA studios for an update on the race. Mayor Fasbender announced a change.

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    Visit GobbleGait.com for complete details and schedule of race events.

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    Prescott Compost Hours Updated

    With the end of gardening season upon us, the Prescott Compost Site will change their hours of operation. City Administrator Jayne Brand has the details.

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    See the City website for complete details.

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    Oct. 14 Prescott Meeting Preview

    The Prescott City Council meets Monday evening. City Administrator Jayne Brand provides a preview of the agenda.

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    Peterson Nominated To Library Board

    The Prescott Library has presented a resolution to appoint Penny Peterson to the Library Board to the Prescott City Council. The Library Board of Trustees recommends Peterson for a three-year position on the Board, to be effective beginning in November. The resolution is included on the Agenda for the October 14th meeting of the Prescott City Council.

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    Prescott Council To Consider Recommendation

    The Prescott City Council will be asked to consider a recommendation that Prescott Daze organizers should convert to a non-profit apart from City auspices. The recommendation, submitted by the City's insurance provider, states that, in the past, the provider had agreed to provide insurance for the event, with the understanding that the festival was a function of the City, with the organizing committee under the direction of the Common Council. The insurance carrier now recommends that the City relinquish all control of the festival to the organizing committee, who would then be solely responsible for funding the event, and obtaining special event insurance. The City would remain covered against the possibility of being named in legal action, but the Prescott Daze entity would have autonomy for festival functions, and be responsible for their own liability coverage.

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    County Jail Report Oct. 11, 2019

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Friday, October 11th, Hastings Police apprehended 44-year-old Woodbury resident Jeffery Christopher Husnick on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and driving with a suspended license. Husnick made an initial appearance in court on the 11th. Dakota County Deputies detained 37-year-old Donovan James Winkleman on felony charges of 1st degree burglary, and receiving stolen property. Winkleman remains in custody as the charges are processed. And 44-year-old Hastings resident Chad Everette Dakota was arrested for driving with a canceled license. Bail for Dakota is set at $3,000 and he remains in custody. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    Coordinated Access For Homeless In WashCo

    Residents of Washington County who are homeless, or are facing imminent homelessness are encouraged to contact Coordinated Access, a resource to help secure housing and services. Coordinated Access services are administered by three different agencies, depending on the household needing assistance. Those who are single adults, families with children, or unaccompanied youth can contact Washington County Community Services, at 651-430-6488, St. Andrew's Community Resource Center, at 651-762-9124, or Canvas Health, at 651-251-5214, respectively. Those currently receiving case management services are directed to contact their own case manager for assistance.

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    I35Accident Claims One

    A two-vehicle accident on Interstate 35, just south of Lakeville on Wednesday has claimed the life of one man. According to the MN State Patrol crash reporting website, at approximately 5:20 PM, a Ford Econoline van, driven by 39-year-old Mohammed Abdullah Adam, of Lexington, NE, passed a tractor trailer, and changed lanes in front of the semi. The rear corner of the van caught the front bumper of the semi, driven by 42-year-old Leonid Mashtalyar, of Campobello, SC. The van slid perpendicular to the front end of the semi, and into the median. The van rolled and came to a rest on its roof in the median. Adam was declared dead at the scene. The report indicates that Mashtalyar was not injured in the accident. The MN State Patrol was assisted on scene by the SCSO, and the Elko New Market PD and FD.

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    WCSO Deputy Honored

    Washington County Deputy Edgar Monterrey has been presented with the County's Life Saving Award for actions on June 16th. According to a post on social media, Deputy Monterrey responded to the Wakota Bridge to assist the MN State Patrol with a male who intended to commit suicide by jumping off of the bridge. Upon his arrival, a Trooper was physically holding the male by an arm through the railing, keeping him from jumping. The Trooper asked for Deputy Monterrey's help and he ran to assist. Deputy Monterrey held the male through the railing, immediately beginning to talk with the male, and showed excellent communications skills and maintained a calm demeanor throughout the encounter. Deputy Monterrey was eventually able to talk the male into coming back over the railing. Monterrey received his award at the Washington County Sheriff's Office Awards Ceremony, held in September.

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    (Picture: WCSO Deputy Monterrey with Sheriff Dan Starry. Photo Source WCSO)

    Cannon Falls Woman Charged

    A Cannon Falls woman faces a felony charge of forgery after allegedly altering a well test for a property she was attempting to sell in Red Wing. According to the criminal complaint, Peggy Kay Lorentz, 67, told authorities she cut and pasted an old test result on paperwork that would be sent to parties related to the sale of the 310th Street property. The potential buyers and their real estate agent noticed slightly different text color on the document for nitrate and total coliform results. Suspecting the document was altered, the real estate agent contacted Olmsted County Department of Environmental Resources, which conducted the lab test, to obtain an original version of the document that indicated the property did not pass the water test. A felony forgery charge carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. Lorentz was booked on Oct. 1 and released the following day after a bail hearing. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 30 at the Goodhue County courthouse.

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    DCSO Scam Alert

    On Wednesday, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office issued an alert about phone scams by someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer. The Sheriff's Office has received reports from residents who received a call from a person who identified as a sergeant. The scammer asks for money and gift certificates to resolve an outstanding warrant. A similar scam was reported in September, in Pierce County. In those incidents the caller requested money to bail someone out of jail. Log on to the MN Attorney General's website for more information and resources.

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    $100K Bingo Winner

    Treasure Island Resort & Casino announced that a lucky guest recently won $100,000 while playing the Gaming Arts Bingo Millions 5 Combo in Island Bingo at the casino. According to a press release, Cynthia, the lucky winner, was playing the Bingo Millions 5 Combo when she won the bingo jackpot by hitting her coverall on the 47th ball of the game. Chad Hauschildt, Gaming Operations Manager at Island Bingo remarked that the jackpot was the largest bingo payout so far this year.

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    (Pictured: Chad Hauschildt - Gaming Operations Manager for Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Cynthia - Bingo Millions 5 Combo winner, Moises Navarrete - GM and VP of Technology for Gaming Arts, LLC. Photo Courtesy Treasure Island Resort and Casino)

    HPC Oct. 15 Meeting Preview

    The Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission will meet for regular business on Tuesday, October 15th. The Agenda includes discussion of renovations of a home in the 600 block of Tyler Street, that includes siding, windows, a door, and rebuilding the porch, along with a staff-approved plan to replace the roof. A residence in the 200 block of 4th Street East is requesting a new roof membrane, which staff has also approved. The Commission will also continue review of the Original Hastings Designs Standards District Design Guidelines. The meeting is open to the public.

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    Rotary Studen tOf The Month For October

    Hastings High School Senior Justin Tverberg has been named the Hastings Rotary's October Student of the Month. According to a nomination letter submitted by staff of the high school, Justin is an extremely busy student-athlete who excels in sports, the classroom, and throughout the school. He is a three-sport athlete who competes in Wrestling, Track and Field, and is the captain of the Football team. Justin is also the head commissioner for the Link Crew program and is involved with helping other students in the AVID program. He also excels in the classroom, boasting a 3.617 GPA, all while taking strenuous classes such as AP Literature. Justin enjoys working out, eating as much food as he can, and hanging out with his friends. He will attend Augsburg University for Health Science and will play football.

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    (Pictured left to right: Rotary member Derrick Jaeger, step father Buck Dickens, mother Sara Tverberg, Student of the month Justin Tverberg, Paul Vaith, HHS. Courtesy Rotary Club)

    County Jail Report Oct. 10, 2019

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Thursday, October 10th, Hastings Police arrested 32-year-old Hastings resident Emily Rose Arndt on a misdemeanor charge of assault. Arndt made an initial appearance in court on the 10th. 48-year-old Rosemount resident Michael James Ostrum was detained by Lakeville Police on felony charges of theft and gambling fraud. Ostrum was booked and released as the charges are processed. And Hastings Police apprehended 31-year-old Rosemount resident Katera Latrice Robin Phillips on a misdemeanor charge of assault. Phillips was booked and released pending an appearance in court. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    Planned Pipeline Open House

    Dakota County announced that there will be a meeting October 17th to discuss the Flint Hills Resources pipeline project between the cities of Inver Grove Heights and Rosemount. The purpose is to notify the public and allow comments regarding a proposed underground pipeline approximately five miles in length to transport liquefied petroleum from the Flint Hills Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount to the Flint Hills Wescott Terminal in Inver Grove Heights. The Dakota County Board will hold a special public meeting as required per Minnesota Statue 216G to inform the public. The meeting will be at 5:30 PM Thursday, October 17th, at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, Community Room 1, 8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights.

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    PFD Seeks Admin Assistant

    The City of Prescott is seeking a part-time, 25-hour-per-week Fire Department Administrative Assistant. Primary responsibilities are to assist with the daily operations of the Fire Department business office. The desired candidate will have a strong attention to detail, be able to work with confidential information, have excellent customer service skills, and possess the ability to work in a team as well as independently. A criminal background check is required for this position. This position has a flexible schedule but does require some evening meetings. Starting salary is $15/hr. Please send application, cover letter to: City Administrator, City of Prescott, 800 Borner St., Prescott, WI 54021, or email jbrand@prescottcity.org. Applications may be obtained at City Hall or PrescottWI.org, under the City Hall tab. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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    Geologist Talks Controversial Artifacts

    The public is invited to a free presentation given by forensic geologist Scott Wolter at 7 PM, on Tuesday, October 15th, at the Farmington Masonic Lodge, 326 Third St., Farmington. Best known as the host of the History Channel's "America Unearthed", Wolter will share his quest to uncover truths behind some of the controversial historical artifacts and sites found throughout North America and beyond. According to a report on HomeTownSource.com, Rick Vance, education officer with Farmington Masons, stated that anyone who is interested in conspiracy theories such as Columbus being the first to discover America, or did European settlers or other European explorers get here first, are invited to come and hear Wolter, who has documented ample evidence of those who came here that were pre-Jamestown, Virginia, and before Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.    

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    Augustana Elim Merger

    Park Ridge Housing Director Tammy Hase recently visited the KDWA studios to talk about the merger of Augustana and Elim senior living centers in Hastings.

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    Hear the entire interview on In Depth on KDWA.

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    Pizza Ranch Coming To Cottage Grove

    Pizza Ranch is set to open a location in Cottage Grove, under the ownership of franchisee Cottage Grove PR, Inc. The Cottage Grove City Council recently approved the restaurant with a conditional use permit. The restaurant is set to open next to the Muddy Cow, having access from the intersection of Hardwood Avenue, Harkness Avenue and Oakwood Park Drive in spring 2020. The 8,056-square-foot restaurant will be one of the state's largest Pizza Ranch locations, featuring a fun zone and five party rooms.   

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    Pierce Co Seeks Budget Adjustment

    The Pierce County Board will be asked to approve three changes to the County budget to reflect the state's maximum 2020 operating tax levy at $16.15 million. According to Administrative Coordinator Jason Matthys and Finance Director Julie Brickner, the sum of the budget requests submitted by departments was $94,242 under the states allowable levy limit, due to an increase in the county's equalized valuation. If Pierce County chose not to spend the $94,294 in this recommended budget, the money would be lost over coming years. Suggested uses of the additional funds are an additional .25% cost of living adjustment for non-represented employees, an increase in leave liability, and the purchase of a Veterans transport van. On Oct. 7, the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee sent a unanimous recommendation to the Pierce County Board to approve the changes. A County Board vote for final reading and adoption will take place Nov. 12.    

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    Park Master Plan Under Revision

    Dakota County is updating the Spring Lake Park Reserve Master Plan and creating a new Natural Resources Management Plan for the park. The master plan will include a long-range vision for the park and a 10-year plan to guide future decisions about park activities, improvements, and natural resource restoration. The Natural Resources Management Plan will address restoration priorities and provide management recommendations for natural areas in the park. There are opportunities for the public to provide input. An open house is planned for Monday, October 14th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, 8395 127th St. E., Hastings. To learn more about the plan and to provide comments, go to DakotaCounty.us/Parks, and search Spring Lake Plan.     

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    County Jail Report Oct. 09, 2019

    From the Dakota County Jail booking report for Wednesday, October 9th, Hastings Police detained 18-year-old Andrew Eugene Fabela on a misdemeanor charge of theft. Fabela is also wanted in Ramsey County on three misdemeanor theft charges. Combined bail for Fabela is $900, and he made an appearance in court on the 9th. Dakota County Deputies apprehended 41-year-old Farmington resident Corey Lee Kaldunski on two felony charges of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct. Kaldunski is being held on $100,000 bail, and made an appearance in court on the 9th. And 22-year-old Cannon Falls resident Jordan Scott Lamont was arrested by Eagan Police on a misdemeanor charge of negligent storage of a loaded firearm around children. Lamont was booked and released as the charge is processed. All persons listed on the blotter report are presumed innocent until proven guilty by due process of law.

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    Rosemount Energy Action Plan Results

    Residents and businesses in Rosemount have saved over 1.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity and more than 7,500 therms of natural gas since initiation of Rosemount's Energy Action Plan in July of 2018. Representatives of Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy, which is facilitating the Energy Action Plan, reported findings from Xcel Energy for the first six months of 2019 at the Rosemount City Council meeting on August 21. Estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency indicate greenhouse gas savings like this are the equivalent of what an average automobile would generate in over 3 million miles of driving. Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and the City Council noted the significant contributions of the volunteer Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Task Force (REST) in achieving these results. Rosemount's Energy Action Plan was adopted by the City Council in July 2018. The plan sets goals to cut energy use five percent by 2020 and save Rosemount residents and businesses more than $1 million over the next three years.

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    Farmington Tower Up For Award

    The water tower for the City of Farmington is in the running for recognition as "Water Tower of the Year" in a contest sponsored by Tnemec, a water tank paint manufacturer. According to the City of Farmington website, Farmington's water tower has been nominated for the 2020 Tnemec Tank of the Year. Residents of Farmington can visit Tnemec.com until October 18 to vote for Farmington's tower, and Tank of the Year will be announced October 25th. The winner for popular vote will then be considered for the official Tank of the Year Calendar crown alongside 11 other Tnemec determined runners-up.

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    Creek Rental Shifts Focus

    A resolution to approve a Land Credit Sale and Concept Plan for Creek Rentals, for property on Lightbourn Court came before the Hastings City Council on Monday night. City Economic Development Coordinator Rusty Fifield presented the request.

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    The deal on the original parcel on Spiral Blvd was abandoned after attempts to remove a pile of topsoil on the parcel by sale failed.

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    Hastings Council Approves Subscription

    At Monday evening's City Council meeting, the Hastings City Council deliberated a request to authorize a subscription with US Solar. Administrative Services Director Julie Flaten introduced the measure.

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    US Solar Subscription Manager Erica Forsman gave an overview of the two programs.

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    After deliberation of the Council, including costs, protections, and possible rate changes, the Council approved the subscriptions.

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    Sudanese Woman In MN For Surgery

    An orphaned young woman, named Sida, from South Sudan, in Africa, has come to MN for surgical repair of a shoulder deformity she's had since birth. Mallorie Smith, who brought Sida to MN explains.

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    Smith brought Sida to MN and Summit Orthopedics will do the corrective surgery. The surgeon is donating his time and talent, but $30,000 is still needed to cover other costs. A fundraiser will be held at Hope Glen Farm, in Cottage Grove, on October 20th.

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    MnDOT Plans Signal Upgrades

    The little white flags that have appeared along Vermillion Street and Highway 55 in Hastings have people curious as to their purpose. Hastings Public Works Director Nick Egger has an answer.

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    The timeline for the project is not clear at this time.

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    Stay tuned to KDWA for updates on this story.

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    Kimmes Honored

    The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (DCSWCD) is proud to announce Rodney and Bryce Kimmes of Hastings, MN as the District's 2019 Outstanding Conservationists. According to a District press release, over the past decade, the Kimmes have worked with the DCSWCD and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to install grassed waterways and establish cover crops to protect and improve soil health. Their farming operation has also adopted irrigation water management practices to reduce groundwater use. In addition, they have volunteered their time and expertise to work with the University of Minnesota Extension to complete irrigation water management research and have represented the agricultural community by participating in the Dakota County Ground Water Technical Advisory Group. The Kimmes were recognized at the DCSWCD Board meeting held on October 3rd and will be recognized at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annual convention in December.

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    (Photo: L to R: Laura Zanmiller, DCSWCD Board Chair, Bryce Kimmes, and Rodney Kimmes. Photo Courtesy DCSWCD)

     

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