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    Vortherms To Retire From Prescott HS

    An announcement was made on Friday and thanks to an exclusive interview with our Sports Director Nick Tuckner we have the breaking news in the Prescott School District.

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    KDWA News will have more on the announcement made by Prescott Principal Dave Vortherms that he will retire at the conclusion of this school year on July 31st. including a comment from Superintendent Spicuzza on who may be named to take over as Prescott High School Principal.

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    CTIB Deadline For Disbanding Nears

    On InDepth programming today, Dakota County commissioner Mike Slavik explains the complicated but critical details involved in the potential dissolution of CTIB. The Counties Transit Investment Board. Dakota County has a big stake in the funding already collected but another county is poised to collect a larger share.

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    Negotiations may even take place today. Slavik explains what may happen if they do not resolve the issue.

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    Tune in today for the complete story with Dakota County Commissioner, Mike Slavik, on InDepth.

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    Public Safety Committee Begins Ordinance Task

    The Hastings City Council Public Safety Committee met to respond to an issue brought before them by petition. Lori Braucks, chair of the committee provides some background.   

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    According to Braucks, the topic is a complex one, with several factors.

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    We'll feature more on this topic in our next newscast including the next opportunity for public comments and several possible facets that could become part of a Hastings City ordinance addressing predatory offender residency.

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    The first meeting was held to discuss crafting an ordinance that provided language on the restriction of residency and possibly, behaviors, of Level 3 predatory offender within the city. Braucks notes some are looking for more restrictions than would stand a legal test.

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    That next meeting is slated for April 6th. In our next newscast, we will hear the three types of restrictions that may be considered.

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    Newport Acts On Ordinance

    With a 4 to 0 vote, the city council of Newport enacted residency restrictions that follow state guideline in the housing boundaries of Level 3 predatory offenders. The cities of Apple Valley, South St. Paul and West St. Paul have already enacted their version of similarly crafted ordinances that address residency and behavior restrictions. The public safety committee in Hastings is also in the process. The terms of the Newport ordinance, passed on March 16th, states that offenders cannot live withing 2000 feet of any school, daycare , child care facility or regular place of congregation by children. With a sample home lot around 50 frontage feet, that means about 4 homes in between the facility and the border line. Newport also stated that Predatory offenders would violate the ordinance if the subject was found to be physically present closer than 100 feet of a facility for children or day care provider. Violators would be charged with a misdemeanor for each violation day. The action also affects landlords and property owners who must verify that the potential renter is not on the state's list and gives landlords that ability to evict renters if they are indeed a level 3 offender. This brings more responsibility to property owners who can lose their ability to rent Newport property if they are proved to knowingly rent to an offender inside of the boundary lines. A few exceptions are noted including the ability for immediate family members to provide housing for a grandchild, son, brother, father or spouse who wishes to live in the home. The City of Newport will also be required to maintain a current map that lists the areas of the city where those persons cannot reside. More on this topic and how the creation of a similar ordinance has begun in Hastings, in upcoming newscasts.

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    South Washington Co Schools Settle Lawsuit

    South Washington School District 833 will settle in a 2015 lawsuit that named a district administrator in a charge of racial discrimination. Michele Walker was employed as a psychologist by the district in 2014 , but her contract was not renewed by Julie Nielsen who was then the principal of one of the district's elementary schools. Nielsen is now one of the District's Assistant Superintendents. Walker claimed the reason she was not renewed was racially based. Walker a black woman, argued that her performance was satisfactory and blames an incident that involved a disagreement centered on the intake of a black special education student for the non-renewal of her contract. The district was represented by Riverport Insurance whose contract allows that firm to settle claims without District approval. Attorney for District 833, Trevor Helmers, stated that settlement of the claim does not involve the district admitting to wrongdoing and that the settlement of $7500 the full amount requested,will mean no lengthy trial that could have been even more costly to the district.

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    Dakota County Fleet Best In Nation

    The Dakota county department that cares for 690 fleet vehicles and 400 vehicles from other agencies ranging from snowplows to construction equipment and service trucks to watercraft received a national honor on Tuesday at the Dakota County Commissioners meeting. The men and women of Dakota County Fleet Management received the 2017 Fleet Master Award, using telematics data since 2005 to calculate the cost per mile/hour for many of the county's vehicles. That includes looking at factors such as equipment use, operator behavior and maintenance scheduling. They've analyzed the data and gleaned ways to save; contributing to a 34 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions and creating a capital savings of more than three million dollars during the last 10 years. The Association of Equipment and Management Professionals named the department as the nation's top for medium-sized fleets. ( photo provided by Dakota County)

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    Superintendent Spicuzza Looks Ahead

    The Prescott School district is reviewing demographic data regarding general population as it relates to course and sports enrollment in the District. Superintendent Dr. Rick Spicuzza explains.   

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    Dr. Spicuzza also summarized how the district is adapting to mental health care needs.

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    Neighborhood Improvement Moves Ahead

    During the Hastings City Council meeting held on Monday night, City Engineer Ryan Stempski updated the Council on the status of the 2017 Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Project slated for the Ashland and Forest Street areas north of Highway 55 in Ward 2. Mr. Stempski provided a timeline going forward from Mondays Public Hearing on the project.

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    The City Council discussed other concerns on the project including snowplowing of alleys, lighting in the area near the tennis courts, neighborhood anticipation and engagement, replacement of fire hydrants due to the area being designated an historic district, and the plight of Ash trees located in the project area.

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    Stempski also presented the Council with an update on some of the changes and other issues that will be part the Improvement Project involving the Ashland and Forest Street areas north of Highway 55 in Ward 2. Council member Tina Folch raised concerns about the potential for diseased ash trees in the project area. Mr. Stempski explained how the project will handle this concern.

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    He also noted that more information will be needed and more community outreach will be forthcoming.

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    Hastings YMCA Completes Campaign

    The Hastings YMCA announces the completion of its yearlong capital campaign, achieving their goal of raising the final 1.4 million dollars needed to fully fund the new additions to their campus. A new gymnasium anchors the 3 and a half million-dollar upgrade that was funded partly by the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities as well as local business and individual donors making the project possible. The Hastings YMCA will host a community open house from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday,March 30-31.Community members can access the Y for free during the open house period to learn more about programs that serve kids, teens, families, adults and seniors. Visitors will have access to group fitness classes for all ages and abilities, high-quality aquatics programs, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, free supervised activities for kids while parents work out, and more. In addition to free access to the Y, community members can receive a blood pressure check and body composition test to begin the path toward health and wellness. Visitors must present photo identification to enter the Y. To learn more about the Y, visit ymcamn.org.

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    Tobacco Bust Biggest In State

    The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Washington County Attorneys Office recently charged Mohammad A.M. Abdul Majid and Iman Gencehan Ugurlu, both from Bridgeview, IL, with one count each of felony aiding and abetting possession of untaxed tobacco products and one count each of felony aiding and abetting aggravated forgery. According to the complaint, a Minnesota State Trooper on I-94 stopped a rental truck occupied by the two for bypassing an open weigh station and not wearing seatbelts. The men allegedly stated that they were making a delivery for Mr. Ugurlus uncles business, Statewide Distributors Inc., but could not produce the companys USDOT number. The men revealed that the truck was carrying tobacco products and they reportedly provided an invoice for their shipment to the trooper. Neither the distributor, Statewide Distributors Inc., nor the wholesaler, Hudson Wholesale, LLC, were found to exist at the addresses listed on the invoice. The trooper seized the vehicle and its contents until it could be thoroughly investigated. Once a warrant was obtained, Department of Revenue staff assisted in removing and itemizing the tobacco products. The departments investigator determined that the retail value of the tobacco products seized was over 78,000 dollars, which indicated that more than 74,000 dollars in tobacco taxes should have been paid. This is the largest known seizure of untaxed tobacco products in Minnesota history.

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    Wisconsin Crash Kills CG Man

    On Sunday March 19th, at approximately 10:15 PM the Pierce County Sheriffs Office was notified of a two-vehicle accident with injuries on US Hwy 10 near County Rd O, in Trimbelle Township. A 2012 Ford F350, driven by Charles E. Hill, 38 years old from Ellsworth, WI was traveling westbound on US Hwy 10 and collided head-on with a 2008 Infiniti G37 traveling eastbound, being driven by Jacob T. Stanger, 21 years old from Cottage Grove, MN. Both operators were the lone occupants of their vehicles. Mr. Stanger was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Hill was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN with undetermined injuries. The highway was shut down for about 3 hours while the Wisconsin State Patrol completed a reconstruction of the accident. The accident remains under investigation at this time.

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    Spring Update From DCTC

    Updates and Springtime Information received from the campus of Dakota County Technical College include two presentations and announcement of the location for this year's graduation ceremony.

    Dakota County Technical College will hold the colleges 2017 Commencement Ceremony at Grace Church in Eden Prairie on Friday, May 12, 2017. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. The annual commencement ceremony recognizes students who have completed their programs of study and are ready to continue their education or begin their new careers. Because of the space available, DCTC graduates are encouraged to invite as many of their friends and family as they wish.

    The LBGT Resource Center at St. Cloud State University is presenting Creating a Safe Space on Campus Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Room 1-630 on the main campus of Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota. Hosted by the colleges Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Association in partnership with the Diversity Council the training event takes place from 1 p.m. till 2 p.m. and is open to all students and faculty. Topics covered will include:Learning how to make a classroom inclusive Basics of LGBTQA and the terms and How to have tough conversations in the midst of conflicting views

    Five members of the Student Senate at Dakota County Technical College attended Student Leadership Conference/Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Cheryl Brogger , Student Senate president, participated in the Minnesota State College Student Association event along with senate members, Israel Gray ,Ayuba Dansoho ,Margaret Steeves and Nafisa Mohamud. Israel, Ayuba and Nafisa also serve as DCTC student ambassadors The student senators met with Senator Matt Little (DFL), District 58, and Representative Erin Maye Quade (DFL), District 57A , to advocate for student interests, including lowering the cost of tuition and textbooks.

    Minnesota Health Care Opposing Views

    A topic we covered last week, the reinsurance bill, was passed by the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday night. The 600 million dollar Health Care Reinsurance bill passed 37-31 .Senator Dan Schoen voted against the bill citing the extreme cost for a temporary solution as the bill only funds this program for two years, the structural budget problems regarding the funding mechanisms of the program, and the huge payment to insurance companies with no guarantee that the legislation will lower costs for Minnesotans. According to the statement provided by Schoen, The bill takes money from the Health Care Access Fund, which we use to help fund programs like MinnesotaCare, to fund health insurance for the sickest and the poorest, and sends it to insurance companies with no assurance premiums will decrease or access to health care will increase. There is simply no accountability. I offered a sensible amendment to guarantee a 20 percent decrease in premiums for health insurance companies to be eligible for any money. Unfortunately, my amendment was voted down. The truth of the matter is, this bill does not assure us premiums will decrease, takes money from lower income people to provide millions for insurance companies, doesnt provide more health care options for all areas of the state, and places our budget in structural danger, said Senator Schoen. We feature comments, next, from a proponent of the bill, Representative Tony Jurgens,

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    The Reinsurance bill was passed by the Minnesota Senate on Wednesday night. The 600 million dollar Health Care Reinsurance bill passed 37-31. Senator Dan Schoen voted against the bill citing the extreme cost for a temporary solution. In the House, however, representative Tony Jurgens had this to say about the bill

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    We'll have more on recent action taking place during the 2017 Minnesota legislative session on Wednesday when we talk In Depth with Representative Jurgens about the Highway 316 Speed reduction, and the proposed increase in legislators pay that will take affect July 1st.

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    ArtSpace River Lofts On the Rise

    Progress continues on the 12.6 million dollar mixed-use Artspace Hastings River Lofts project rising from the site of a former tannery listed among some the previous uses for that eastern corner of downtown Hastings. Community interest has been high from the initial survey to determine interest, to the design and development of the 37 unit affordable live/work space that will be completed late this summer. Besides the residences, the building will include a 1,600 square foot resident gallery , and 2,110 square feet of retail space for arts-friendly businesses and nonprofit organizations. Other amenities are expected to be added, including a performance space on the north side of the building facing the river, continuing the versatility of this multi-faceted property. A community meeting took place Wednesday night, with several residents seeking more information on rental policies, features and opportunities for retail placement. A public hard hat tour event is scheduled for May 2nd and completion is projected for the end of July. View more information at www.artspace.org/hastingsriverlofts

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    Dakota Co Inmate Motivational Conference

    The Dakota County Jail recently held it's annual Motivational Conference. The event provided resources to help inmates find success upon release.On Day 1, 68 inmates attended the event and listened to a panel of former offenders share their stories of success and overcoming barriers in their lives. They also heard from a victim of domestic violence who shared her story of strength and resiliency to overcome the trauma of her experience.Then,on Day 2, 115 inmates were in attendance to hear from community organizations and resources that can assist them in planning for a successful re-entry to the community. They also heard from special guest speakers Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel who shared their inspiring story of reconciliation and personal change.The event is conducted to explain and demonstrate tangible methods of returning to a productive life after their release.Several speakers provided practical, real-world steps to gain a better chance of successful transitioning in the areas of housing, employment and educational opportunities.

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    Pierce County Accident

    According to Pierce County Sheriff's office an early morning crash took place on Monday just south and east of Prescott when a propane truck driven by 61 year old Danial Brunkhorst of Prescott was struck by a vehicle driven by 25 year old Alex Hoyer a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Hoyer vehicle slid through the intersection striking the rear axle of the propane truck causing it to slide sideways and overturn, blocking both lanes of traffic. There was an initial leak of propane from the truck that was quickly controlled by fire department personnel from Red Wing and Ellsworth. Hoyer received medical treatment on scene and was not transported for further medical attention. Brunkhorst was reportedly uninjured. The investigation continues by the Wisconsin State Highway Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff's department.

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    Township Election Results

    Township elections took place on Tuesday, March 14th, with a number of offices decided in area races. According to the preliminary tally,a total of 982 votes were cast in the county for 13 township races held this spring. Beginning with Marshan Township, Gloria Pinke received 22 votes cast for Town Supervisor with John Maher receiving 20 votes for Town Treasurer. In Douglas Township, Jeff Reed received 23 votes for Town Supervisor and Molly Keiffer was named Town Treasurer with 23 votes as well. For the Town Supervisor postion in Empire Township, Terry L Holmes received 22 votes. In Hampton Township, Jim Sipe received 20 votes as Town Supervisor. In Randolph Township, 28 votes were cast for Don Marthaler for Town Supervisor and Lori Wiik besting competitor Chris Meyer receiving 22 votes to Meyer's 7 in the election choosing town Treasurer. For the election held in Vermillion Township, Bruce D Lohmann was named a Town Supervisor while Ralph Stoffel was elected Town Treasurer. Carl Reuter was named Town Supervisior for Ravenna Township in the lone office decided this year. In Ninninger township, 3 offices were on that ballot, with Robert Rotty named Township Supervisor with 86 votes versus 31 cast for unspecified write in candidates. For Ninninger Township Town Clerk, Judy Krupich received 103 votes versus 3 write-ins for the office. In a special election, Janet Bremer received 108 votes for Town Treasurer. For the town of Castle Rock, Jeffrey Partington received 37 votes for the seat of Town Supervisor C. Eureka Township had the closest races for two offices of Town Supervisor, the first seat won by Donovan Palmquist with 193 votes over Allen Novacek who received 183 votes. The second Town Supervisor Seat in Eureka Township was won by Butch Hansen with a 50.8 percent 195 vote over competitor Nancy Sauber who garnered 189 votes. All races were posted on the Dakota County government site with totals to be verified Thursday.

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    Mayor Bailey Gives First State of City Address

    Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey delivered the very first State of the City Address for Cottage Grove on Wednesday, March 15th. Mayor Bailey opened his speech on a positive note

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    KDWA will feature more of his speech in upcoming broadcasts.

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    Mayor Bailey also addressed the new single- and multi-family dwelling projects that are on the schedule for Cottage Grove.

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    355 units are planned for the area bounded by 60th and 65th Streets and Ideal and Inwood Avenues. These units are expected to be built over the next several years.

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    Prescott Council Assement Talks

    During an open hearing regarding special assessments for Prescotts 2017 street improvement project, Prescott resident Thomas Langenfeld requested that Council members Joshua Gergen, Rob Daugherty, and William Dravis recuse themselves from voting on the assessment.

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    According to statements made during the public hearing, Mr. Langenfeld felt that due to past legal proceedings involving himself and the council members in question, he did not feel their votes would give him what he called a fair shake regarding the assessments. Mr. Langenfeld did not provide details regarding the past legal issues. The Council has tabled the vote on the special assessment to refer the matter to the City Attorney. KDWA spoke with Mr. Langenfeld regarding his concerns and we'll bring you that interview in upcoming news broadcasts.

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    Alongi Updates Presidential Bid Progress

    Tony Alongi released an update on the progress of the campaign he has mounted to run in the 2020 election for United States President. Alongi, a former Hastings City Councilmember announced his intention in January and reports a campaign team, fundraising component and website have taken shape as well as revealing positions on key issues such as the treatment of Seniors, Veterans as well as the standards for healthcare, education, immigration and employment. His 2020 Vision for the Nation centers on reuniting the country and addressing real problems faced by its citizens. Alongi plans to expand his effort in coming months to bring a positive, inclusive alternative to the current administration. Alongi notes his aim is to connect with others using social media and online resources to engage possible supporters. His website is alongi2020.com

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    Car Seat Clinic Addresses Safety

    A recent carseat clinic was held at the Hastings Fire Station. Injury prevention specialist for Regions Hospital Shawnette Doggett reveals how the program helped those looking for answers to properly fitting a safety seat.

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    She also explained common questions and the solutions to problems.

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    More important tips given by Dogget will be featured in our next newscast.

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    The carseat clinic held this month at the Hastings Fire Station involved some common mistakes made by parents and grandparents who struggle with the proper installation of child safety seats. Injury prevention specialist Shawnette Doggett explains that one size does not fit all when it comes to purchasing and securing the seats.

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    More information on the techniques can be found online with links provided by Regions Hospital and Doggett suggests more clinics will be announced in our listening area .

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    LOOP Bus Marks Milestone

    The DARTS Loop Bus celebrates six months of service to the Hastings Community. DARTS Program Director Courtney Whited provided KDWA with an update on the service.

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    The LOOP Service is hoping to secure 2000 dollars in donations for operating costs. To donate log on to the DARTS website at darts1.org.

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    Blair Captured

    The South St. Paul Police Department has reported that Christopher Donald Lee Blair was taken into custody on March 12, 2017. South St. Paul Police Chief Bill Messerich.

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    Blair had been listed as non-compliant and missing since February 24th. Blair is also wanted for a new 1st degree criminal sexual conduct offense. Blairs arrest came as a result of an interagency effort involving the South St Paul Police Department, the U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force, the Minnesota BCA and Minneapolis Police Department.

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    Sports Boosters Warn Of Fake Fundraiser

    A case of false advertising was brought to the attention of the administration of District 200. According to a statement made by Trent Hansen, Athletic Director for the Hastings High School ,a man using the name of Josh Gerken was in the city on Saturday selling what was represented to be a fundraising card that benefitted the HHS athletic program. Hansen received first hand collaboration of the selling with the use of names within the program to attempt to solidify the fake card's authenticity. Hansen assures the community that there is not a fundraising effort using sportscard sales at this time and that if anyone has been approached by an adult or youth they don't know and are asked to purchase the cards, to please contact the Hastings Police. A similar case of fake sports benefit cards have been found in other areas of the Metro. More information is currently being gathered and will be updated when we have it to pass along to you.

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    Results Revealed In Economic Development Survey

    Continuing coverage of the recent findings from the Economic Development Plan

    Interest in presenting Hastings in its best light took center stage with the unveiling of the Economic Development Plan as designed by WSB Consultants. Morgan Hill, Economic Development Coordinator unveiled the findings at the March 6th City Council meeting. The report provided data that suggests many existing characteristics make good selling points to forming business partnerships.

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    She also acknowledged that financial incentives could be improved upon to make our story as attractive as possible to those considering Hastings for relocation or expansion.

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    In our next segment, we look to the opportunities noted in the extensive report.

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    One of the tough topics addressed in the recent economic development study completed by WSB Consultants, listed some of the threats and weaknesses responsible for limiting growth in population, business strength and overall expansion for the City of Hastings. Several of the perceived threats involve the classic location factor. Being a border town is not considered an asset, when it comes to differing tax, policy and business climates influenced by legislative bodies and differences in municipal policy.Being a big town amongst smaller communities also presents a challenge with incentives such as lower fees extended to potential suitors by those without the burden of extensive overhead. A lack of intercity transit was another hurdle as was lack of adequate senior housing to keep pace with the need of the next 2 decades. Young families are also looking for quality,affordable housing which is noted to be in short supply according to the study. One issue that was of great intrest, was how Hastings compares in it's fees charged for SAC and WAC usage. The findings were split.

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    This is not the only priority, however, as Hill continues.

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    Hill explained that the findings are fluid and recommended the criteria be reviewed annually to adjust for changing dynamics and situations that will affect each finding.

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    Prescott School Board Meeting Review

    The Prescott School board met in February to complete district business as well as hear presentations from several school department heads. Kjurstin Langer, the Malone Intermediate Guidance Counselor presented information on Acedemic and Career planning engagement for students in grades 6-12. High School Athletic Director Kyle Igou gave information on the upcoming spring scheduling for the Community Recreation Fields and also brought up the topic of potential and policy for naming rights procedure within the district. More definition on current policy is needed. The Prescott District, as a whole, is considering how to enact a formal fundraising policy with input desired by administration before a final decision is made.

    The STEP program, which stands for Senior Tax Exchange Program, providing an incentive for those who help out in the district with a reduction in their school property tax burden in lieu of payment to the taxpayer. The IRS has enacted guidelines that no longer make it possible to offer such savings for work in kind and the board will investigate another avenue to possibly continue some form of compensation.

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    Dakota County Seeks Better Settlement

    Dakota County is looking for a better deal to agree to the dissolution of the Counties Transit Improvement Board. In action by CTIB on Wednesday, an offer of 16 million was made for Dakota County to join the other 4 counties, Hennipen, Ramsey, Washington and Anoka, to disband the coalition begun in 2008. A significant obstacle was the disparity Dakota county says is in the division of monies already collected by the quarter percent tax levied in sales tax and vehicle excise taxes. According to Dakota county officials, 122 million have been contributed by Dakota County to the board, while they have received only 53 million in return that was to be used for the development of the Red Line rapid transit bus that services the Cedar Avenue area. Ramsey county has received 139 percent of the monies it in on record for contributing. Dakota county is asking for 29 million as their portion of the funding, versus the 16 currently offered. If the dissolution does not go forward, the county stands to lose nearly 50 million in combined collected taxes and its share of the debt still incurred on the Green Line rapid transit project. The longer that CTIB exists, the more money is collected adding to the existing delima on how it will be distributed.

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    New Title for Jacobsen

    An announcement came on Thursday that Hastings High School Band Director Jim Jacobsen has been named the Head of the Music department starting the 2017/2018 school year. Jacobsen is the director of the Varsity Band, The Wind Ensemble, Jazz l and ll and co-director of the Percussion ensemble. He came to District 200 in 2010 and looks forward to continuing the strong instrumental music program that Hastings has cultivated for many years.

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    Public Meeting For Neighborhood Construction

    A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 20th during the regular City Council meeting for the 2017 Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Program. People living in the area to be improved are asked to provide comments on the scope, features and anticipated costs of the program. The streets to be improved in the area are 6th St. W. from Spring St. to Maple St., Ashland St. from 6th St. W. to Hwy 55, and Forest St. from 6th St W to 7th St. W. Also included in the project are alleys in the 600 block of Eddy and Spring Streets and the 600 block of Ashland and Forest Streets. A separate hearing for the special assessments to be levied will be held on Monday April 3rd. According to Public Works Director Nick Egger, the assessments are anticipated to total $314,027.

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    Speed Zone Change Challenged

    State Representative for District 54B Tony Jurgens introduced his bill to maintain a 35 mile per hour speed limit on highway 316 on the south end of Hastings to the Transportation Policy Committee. The committee reviewed the bill on Wednesday evening. Representative Jurgens reports the results.

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    According to reports, Hastings City Council members in attendance were Trevor Lund, Tina Folch and Joe Balsanek.

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    City Meetings

    HEDRA and the Public Safety Advisory Committees have meetings tonight, March 9th, at City Hall. Both panels will meet at 6:30 PM and commission meetings are generally open to the public. If you have concerns about economic development in Hastings or public safety concerns, please feel free to attend tonight. And, the weekend of March 10th and 11th will see the City Council holding a strategic retreat at the LeDuc Historic Mansion.

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    St Joes Corned Beef Dinner

    A traditional Holiday Dinner will take place at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Miesville this Sunday , March 12th, featuring their Corned Beef and Cabbage fundraiser. The menu includes Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Irish Soda Bread, Dessert and Beverage. Hot Dogs will be available for wee lads and lassies. Wine and Beer available for purchase. ToGo orders also available.This annual event will take place at the church from 11am until 3 pm . Silent Auction items will also be on hand for bidding. Tickets at the door $12 for Adults/$10 in Advance; Children 6-12 at the door $5/$4 in advance and under 6 Free. For More information please call the St. Joseph Parish Office- 651-437-3526.

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    Sheriff Department Takes the Plunge

    Members of the Dakota County Sheriffs Department , including Sheriff Tim Leslie, took part in the annual South Metro Polar Plunge which aided in raising 165,000 dollars for Minnesota Special Olympics. They joined in the crowd of 750 plungers that donned Brown Department shirts, swim trunks and a few winter hats to make the jump into the icy waters. Deputy Jen Lenarz coordinate the groups involvement and thanks everyone who pledged on their behalf.

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    Daddy Daughter Dance Registration Open

    More details announced as registration opens for this years Daddy Daughter Dance, to be held at the Hastings Middle School on Saturday, April 22nd. It promises to be a magical evening from 5-7:30 pm,with Beauty and the Beast at the 10th annual event. Early bird registration will take place until March 17th. An important change to this years schedule, Dinner will not be served this year, replaced by a dessert bar and other treats as part of the fun in addition to activities and take home sway bags for the participants. This event is for daughters ages 3 to 13 and the father in their lives. Admission price until March 17 is 30 dollars per couple and 5 dollars for each additional daughter. Cost from March 18th thru April 19th will be 35 dollars per couple and 5 dollars for each additional daughter. Registration will then be completed until the evening of the event, with registration at the door priced at 40 dollars per couple and 5 dollars each for additional daughters. Register online at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com or at the office located in the Tilden Community Center.

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    Dakota County Sheriff Takes the Plunge

    Members of the Dakota County Sheriffs Department , including Sheriff Tim Leslie, took part in the annual South Metro Polar Plunge which aided in raising 165,000 dollars for Minnesota Special Olympics. They joined in the crowd of 750 plungers that donned Brown Department shirts, swim trunks and a few winter hats to make the jump into the icy waters. Deputy Jen Lenarz coordinate the groups involvement and thanks everyone who pledged on their behalf. Photo supplied by Dakota County Sheriff Social Media

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    All District Band Concert Success

    The all district Band Concert took place Monday night at the Field House of Hastings High School. More than 400 musicians from 5th through 12th grades took their places by grade, filling the gymnasium floor with nearly every musical instrument in District 200. Bass drums, xylophones and shiny brass bottomed timpani were carefully transported from the middle School to provide enough instruments for the event. Each band was featured in turn with the massive combined piece played by all to conclude the presentation. The concert is presented every other year to showcase the progression of the talent and ability of students who continue to master and grow with their musical education, also providing a real timeline for parents to see and hear just how far their student has come by the time they are part of the High School Band programs.

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    Cities Examine Short Term Rentals

    Given the hype surrounding several high profile events and the growing popularity of online businesses that match travelers with those wanting to profit from the short term rental of their home or apartment, some cities are investigating the language of their ordinances that address such practices. Short term rentals, generally 2 weeks or less, are becoming a competitive money maker for those owning property that is nearby to events such as the Super Bowl , other sporting or musical activities as well as those near popular tourist attractions, such as the Mall of America or other attractions. Online resources such as AirBnB and HomeAway have made such lodging practical for travelers and profitable for some property owners. Many communities do not currently have language that permits anything other than officially arranged rental properties, that require inspections and licensing in some areas, that are generally rented by the month or year. Some fear the practice would blur the lines between legitimate lodging or Bed and Breakfast type businesses and possibly lead to issues of operating a business in a residential neighborhood without regard to enforcement of safety or security regulations. This is a question we will explore further, bringing you the results in upcoming newscasts.

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    Dakota Co Waits on CTIB

    The Dakota County Board of Commissioners will meet to decide the next step should the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) disolve prior to March 31st. Dakota County had already notified the board of their intent to withdraw citing substandard return on monies invested from the one quarter of one percent MTA sales tax used to improve metro transit reach. It was determined that the millions of revenue generated by Dakota County funding was not benefitting Dakota county projects. If CTIB does disband, monies already collected would also need to be distributed, with each county currently vieing for a portion of that fund. If all counties agree to disband, and an agreement on distribution of existing funds could be made, Dakota County would then replace the current MTA with another equal tax called the Greater Minnesota Transportation Sales and Use Tax which could be used for transportation purposes with proceeds, directly benefitting Dakota County, estimated to be 166 million over the 10 year period.There are currently over 500 million dollars in Dakota County projects that are in need of funding. Should CTIB disbandthe Board could consider potential projects for use of the Greater MN Tax on March 7 or 14, 2017 and consider action to enact a portion of the Greater MN Tax on March 21, 2017.

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    CG Mayor Bailey On City Security

    As many communities deal with the reality of transitioning those who have been designated as registered predatory offenders, city councils are hearing from residents who are looking for assurances of safety and security. Mayor Myron Bailey has some experience in handling the calls for concern.

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    The public safety committee for the City of Hastings is currently looking at ordinance language that could provide more direction in the approved locations where such persons could be housed.

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    Hastings City Council Agenda Items

    Items listed on the March 6th Hastings City Council Agenda include approval of a Street Dance hosted by the Busted Nut and Grill on September 16th as a special event. The Street Dance is an annual event sponsored by the Busted Nut in conjunction with the Downtown Business Association. This will be the fourth annual dance that the Busted Nut has hosted. The event will be held on the 100 block of 2nd Street East.

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    They will also propose to accept the 2017 Teamsters Local 320 Sergeants Unit Contract, which includes a 1.5 percent wage adjustment on January 1st and August 1st of 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding in the contract allows retiring sergeants to place all of their sick time that is eligible for payout into a post retirement health care savings account. Also included in the agenda is approving the sale of vehicles confiscated in recent DWI cases by the Hastings Police Department. These vehicles are scheduled to be sold through online auction. Proceeds from the sale will be applied to the Police Departments forfeiture account in accordance with MN State Law. The vehicles in question are a 2000 Ford Taurus and a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck.

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    The agenda also summarizes bills the city is due to pay and authorizes those payments. Audited payments issued on the 28th of February total 174 thousand dollars and audited payments scheduled for March 7th total 117 thousand dollars. The Agenda also approves the 2016 disbursements from the Simmons Residuary Trust to the Le Duc Historical Estate operations fund. Half of the money received to the operation fund is designated for the Dakota County Historical Society, in accordance with an operations agreement. According to information submitted to the City Council, a regular audit of the account is scheduled for late April.

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    Lewis Calls For Reduction In Government Reach

    Minnesota Congressional Representative Jason Lewis has introduced a resolution to restore planning authority to local governments. The resolution comes as a result of what Lewis calls an overreach by the Department of Transportation to expand their authority using the Metropolitan Planning Organization rule. Lewis said that the rule takes power away from local municipalities and states and could allow the Met Council to levy taxes outside the cities to fund special projects. In December of 2016 the DOT published a final rule which allowed Metropolitan Planning Organizations to expand their boundaries to include an entire urbanized area, as well as any contiguous area that was expected to be urbanized within 20 years. According to Lewis this is a gross overreach of the Congressional intent of the Fixing Americas Surface Transportation Act and deprives local municipalities and states the ability to make their own decisions when planning projects that best meet their needs. Lewis resolution, H. J. 84 would undo the MPO rule and restore local planning authority. In addition, Lewis, along with Illinois Representative Dan Lipinksi have coauthored a bipartisan bill that would have the same effect.

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    Blair Search Update Wednesday

    The South St. Paul Police Department provided an update Wednesday in the weeklong search for non-compliant registered offender Christopher Donald Blair. Blair, 35, is wanted on a new charge of criminal sexual conduct involving a juvenille female before leaving his South St. Paul residence, violating his terms with county supervisors who monitor those placed in communities by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Blair has some identifying marks, that were released to help the public identify him. Blair is missing 2 fingers on his right hand, and has possibly altered his appearance by shaving his hair and beard. He also has unique tatoos, a chinese symbol at the nape of his neck, the name Skylar on the inside of his right forearm and another Large Letter T and C intertwined on the left arm. Anyone who thinks they may have seen Blair should not approach him, but instead, call 911 or the South St. Paul Police.

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    Teacher Shortage Impacts All

    The Minnesota Department of Education has issued a report indicating that a shortage of teachers in the state is becoming more serious. The 2017 Report of Teacher Supply and Demand in Minnesotas Public Schools shows several reasons for the shortage, including a 46 percent increase of teachers leaving positions as compared to the 2008-2009 school year, a competitive job market and low salaries making teacher retention difficult, a limited number of applicants, and schools having problems hiring short and long term substitutes. Strategies for teacher retention from the report suggest an increase in support for teacher autonomy so teachers are empowered to meet the needs of an ever-changing student population, providing additional financial benefits to teachers, investing in quality professional development, and giving more attention to mental health and well being of teachers, especially for teachers in so-called high needs schools. The report goes on to suggest strategies for recruiting a diverse and talented teaching force, including creating programs to promote the teaching profession to high school students, providing resources to school districts and teacher training institutes to assist with recruiting efforts, and additional financial support to potential teachers by way of higher starting salaries and effective loan forgiveness programs. The report is produced by the State every two years and can be found on the web at education.state.mn.us.

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    Spring Road Restrictions Enacted

    The early spring weather has resulted in the ending of access for some area waterways. Lake Byllesby in Stanton Township now prohibits all motorized vehicles on any remaining ice at that location. Lake Pepin access at Methodist Campus and Hok-Si-La Landing is also closed and will result in a citation to anyone violating the access signage which is now posted. Another casulty of the warmer weather is the condition of some area roads, in the outlying areas of the city. Gravel roads have become unpassable in certain locations with frost heaves creating an unstable roadbed until drying and warmer weather solidifies them again. Heavy equipment, implements, farm utility vehicles and oversized vehicles should observe posted signage listing weight restrictions thru the Spring.

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    Pierce County Levels Racketeering Charges

    The three Wisconsin residents that were charged in January with racketeering, will face a Pierce County Court this week in the case that reportedly resulted in more than 275,000 dollars in losses over the course of nearly 3 years. Those charged have been transferred into the Pierce County Jail where 48 year old Daniel W. Briese of River Falls, Deborah D. Johnson, 65, and Bruce R. Williams, 60, both of Trego, each face maximum penalties of 10 years in prison if convicted. The complaint stated that Briese was employed by Trinity Meyer Utility Structures in Hager City. Williams and Johnson operated the Redeye Express trucking businesses located in Trego, Wisconsin. The practice of inflating the contratcts that Trinity paid for hauling by Redeye amounted to the charges of racketeering, or unduly profiting from an illegal arrangement to financially benefit one or more of the parties involved at the expense of the unknowing owner. Records discovered by authorities show nearly 220 thousand dollars was misdirected to Briese during the past four years.

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    Crops Day Marked in Dakota County

    Crops Day will take place on Wednesday, March 15th, in Farmington to bring University and agency specialists to Dakota County to share local research results and crop management strategies with producers and other agricultural professionals. Topics covered in this 11th year of hosting the event will include soil health & nitrogen fertilizer research, understanding corn root zone water use, the nitrogen fertilizer management plan in Dakota county, energy conservation, citizen involvement in local watershed planning and weed control. The Southeast Minnesota Irrigators Association will also hold their Annual Meeting after lunch. The event requires a RSVP to Jackie at 651-463-6319 or by email to jbauer@dakotaelectric.com. Start time is 9am concluding at 1PM. Lunch will be provided, thanks to sponsors Dakota Electric Association and Kimmes-Bauer Well Drilling.   

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    Mayor Bailey State of City For CG

    Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey will deliver his 2017 State of the City address Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 12800 Ravine Parkway S. Anyone interested in learning more about the direction of the City is invited to attend. For those unable to attend, the speech will be shown live on SWCTC channels 16 and 18 on Comcast.

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    New Vet Tech Program For DCTC

    Dakota County Technical College is launching a new Veterinary Technician program that aims to be ready for the fall semester 2017. The 60-credit A.A.S. degree would give students the knowledge and skills they need to become certified veterinary technicians, or CVTs. Vet techs serve as key components on animal healthcare teams in a variety of veterinary settings. Gayle Larson, dean of academic operations, liberal arts and sciences at the college, reported that Nicole Nieman, CVT, and Niki Wagner, CVT, contacted DCTC with a proposal to start a new Veterinary Technician program.Nicole and Niki were instructors for a very successful flagship program at another college, Gayle said. When that college closed down, they took the initiative and looked for ways to reestablish their program at a new institution. The new program not only offers welcome opportunities for students with a passion for animal care, but also benefits the veterinary industry in Minnesota. The Veterinary Technician program at DCTC is designed to deliver hands-on learning in pharmacology, surgical preparation, animal care and more. Roughly 90 percent of students will be working in the field in their first semester as a way to gain valuable, marketable experience. All students are required to complete an internship to earn their degree. Graduates are prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination, or VTNE, given by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. Certified veterinary technicians, or CVTs, have passed the VTNE.

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    Hastings Police Log Incidents

    From the Hastings Police blotter, a report was called in to the Police Department on Feb 14 regarding a husband allegedly threatening his wife via text messaging. Investigating officers arrested 53-year-old Hastings resident Michael Kelly Dahedl for assault and making terroristic threats. On the 16th of Feb, officers were called to the 900 block of Tyler Street in response to a report of assault. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Michael Anthony Stevensen, 31, of Hastings. And, also on the 16th, a report of harassment filed at the Police department initiated an investigation that resulted in the arrest of 52-year-old Hastings resident Kevin Alexander Johnson. Johnson was arrested on charges of stalking and sharing images deemed to be private in nature without consent.

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    On February 15th, officers were called to the 1500 block of Vermillion Street to investigate a report of theft. Responding officers cited 38-year-old St. Paul resident Chance Amos Schwersinske for shoplifting. Officers were also called to the 800 block of General Sieben Drive on the 15th for a report of a disturbance. Investigating officers arrested Aric Thomas Hood, 47, of Hastings for theft. Hood was booked into the Dakota County Jail. And, on the 16th, Hastings Police were called to the 1700 block of North Frontage road to investigate a past action shoplifter. According to reports, the unknown male stole approximately 151 dollars worth of merchandise. Hastings Police continue to investigate the report.

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    Deadline Nears for Vermillion Cooridor Proposals

    As the City of Hastings gears up for redevelopment of Vermillion Street, the deadline on a request for proposals comes at 4PM on Friday, March 3rd. The Request for Proposals asks for the creation of a plan to revitalize the Vermillion Street Corridor. After review of the proposals, the City and HEDRA anticipate beginning to interview selected contractors in early April, with the project itself starting in May. Projected completion of the renovation project is December of 2017. According to the Citys website, the budget allocation for the Vermillion Street Corridor Study has not been released.

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    Fire Chief Herpst to Retire

    On Tuesday, Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery announced the retirement of its long-time fire chief Pete Herpst, who is stepping down after being a key part of the refinerys fire department for more than 25 years. The military veteran, handyman, and longtime volunteer firefighter joined the Pine Bend team in 1990. He managed a crew of 132 individuals, including 87 volunteers, who keep the refinery safe for its workforce and onsite contractors as well as assist local municipalities in responding to incidents. In addition, the Pine Bend refinery fire department provides free training sessions for firefighters from across the Midwest. Herpst is known at Flint Hills for his commitment to training future generations of firefighters. Throughout his career, he regularly hosted firefighters from stations of all sizes to practice extinguishing fires, defensive cooling, and teamwork exercises. Herpst will be replaced by veteran Flint Hills employee Ed Steele, who has worked at the Pine Bend refinery for nearly 20 years. Steele has worked in a variety of roles during his career at Pine Bend, including Production Specialist, Shift Safety, and Fire Department Battalion Chief.Photo courtesy of Flint Hills Resources.

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    Senate Passes Sunday Liquor

    The Senate passed the Sunday Liquor Bill just after 12:30 PM on Monday,allowing for optional sales of liquor on a vote of 38-28. Cottage Grove DFL Senator Dan Schoen voted to approve the repeal of the ban which had kept the state just one of 12 remaining in the county to prohibit sales on Sunday. Minnesota was also the last of the upper midwest states to limit sales on Sunday. Governor Dayton has pledged to sign the bill which could mean liquor sales on Sunday as soon as August 1st. According to numbers released by neighboring Wisconsin licensed beverage sellers, the border towns that were the recipient of out-of-state sales could lose millions when the law in enacted, allowing Minnesotans and tourists to purchase Sunday liquor closer to home.

        

    School Board Faces Budget Challenges

    The District 200 School Board Meeting took place on February 22nd with some issues before the board that will require some difficult decisions. Superintendent Tim Collins outlines the preliminary process involving workshops and finance committee number crunching. The results indicate the need to reduce a half million dollars from next year's budget. The district will utilize monies already in a budget fund balance to prevent the need to cut three times that much in staff and programs.

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    As the process continues Collins acknowledged the origins of the fund balance.

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    Superintendent Tim Collins noted that although the district has a 12.8 million dollar fund balance, a policy preserves over 7 million of that amount to give the board more latitude in making difficult desicions. He also acknowledged a history of taxpayer support that funded that surplus.

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    More meetings will take place as the board pares down the budget with results known in the weeks to come.    

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    Dakota County Gets Social

    Dakota County has a new way of reaching residents and it involves social media. County Commissioner Mike Slavik and Director of Communications, Mary Beth Schubert will be my guests on Tuesday for an InDepth conversation on how social media platforms will add to the ways information is shared with Dakota County residents.

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    Bluebird Monitors Needed

    Thousands of bluebirds will soon make their annual trip to Minnesota, and volunteers can learn how to support them in a class on March 22. Participants can spend as little as 20 to 30 minutes once a month in neighborhood parks in Rosemount to monitor the bluebird population. The work helps the small birds survive in the midst of competing species and predators. Nest boxes have been located in Ailesbury, Bloomfield, Erickson, Innisfree, Schwarz Pond, Shannon, and Winds parks in Rosemount. Bluebirds typically winter in Kansas and Missouri and spend April to August in Minnesota, where they raise their young. The 90-minute training session begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, at the Robert Trail Library, 14395 South Robert Trail in Rosemount. The instructor will be David Schmidt, a Minnesota Master Naturalist who is the Dakota County Coordinator for the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program. Attendees are asked to RSVP to bluebirdsafe at gmail.com. To learn about other volunteer opportunities, contact Diane Erickson, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at derickson at wspmn.gov, or 651-208-4840. (photo by Audobon Society)

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    Citizen Asks For Council Action

    The Hastings City Council addressed a request by neighbors affected by the transition of predatory offenders. Mayor Hicks offers the plan of action.

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    As stated at the community meeting, a petition was presented to the council showing support of such an ordinance. A citizen, John Langenfeld, also spoke at the meeting.

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    County Fairs Prepare For Summer

    February is the time to start gearing up for all the planning necessary to prepare for county fairs. Although it's a long time until July and August, fair boards in Pierce, Washington and Dakota Counties have met to determine entertainment, carnivals, food vendors and all the details that are required to have a successful fair. Dates for the Washington County Fair, in Lake Elmo are August 2nd thru the 6th. This will be their 144th Fair. In Dakota County, with their fairgrounds in Farmington, the dates are August 7th thru the 13th. Wisconsin's 134th Pierce County Fair will be held in Ellsworth August 10th thru the 17th. Each fair has a website and social media presence to keep visitors up to date with the latest developments and last year, new technology brought live streaming video from the Dakota County fairgrounds showing the world just what they are missing.

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    Hastings Police Log Activity

    From the Hastings Police blotter, a suspicious vehicle call in the 600 block of 18th Street on February 9th resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old Hastings resident Elizabeth Mary Wright. The charges against Wright are possession of drug paraphernalia and a small amount marijuana in a motor vehicle. Later in the day, a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Market Boulevard resulted in the arrest of James Wesley Falkingham, 53, of Hastings for 2nd degree DWI. Falkingham was booked into the Dakota County Jail.

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    Hastings Police are also investigating an identity theft allegation that was received from the 1800 block of Forest Street on Feb 9th. The victim has notified authorities of usage of a financial transaction card outside of the area. Investigating officers have completed identity theft paperwork and continue the investigation to identify a suspect. A so-called past action fraud issue was reported to Hastings Police on Feb 10th from the 3400 block of Leroy Avenue. The victim reported that an unknown person used the victims identity information to obtain insurance for a vehicle. The investigation into this issue is still ongoing.

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    St Johns Students Prepare For Ash Wednesday

    Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School-Vermillion prepare for the coming of Ash Wednesday by participating in a prayer and blessing of the palms before burning them with Fr. Cole Kracke.Students and staff of the school gathered in the parking lot to burn the ashes that came from palms used last year on Palm Sunday. The ashes will be applied in the shape of a cross to the foreheads of the faithful at Ash Wednesday masses. (Submitted Photo)

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    Council Announces Liquor Check Penalties

    The majority of a lengthy Hastings City Council meeting on Tuesday, involved the reaction to a series of failure by four Hastings establishments in the compliance checks done earlier this year by Hastings Police. Compliance checks are conducted twice each year to make sure businesses do not sell to those under 21. The council had lengthy debates on several aspects of the possible penalties both in monetary fines as well as temporary suspension of the ability to sell alcohol as retribution for the offense. Questions were asked by members of the council as to how Best Practices Server training is currently handled by the businesses. City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee explained the procedure that has been used in the past

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    One of the factors brought up by council and representatives of the businesses charged, were that employees may take the training in a variety of ways and at different times of the year, but most businesses are most affected by turnover of staff reducing the compliance level. They acknowledged other resources where new servers can train to receive their Minnesota Responsible Alcohol Training certificate. A cost is incurred with each training , however, ranging from $15 online to approximately $50 when done through a presentation from the Department of Public Safety. City Attorney Dan Fleugel outlined the three criteria needed for all businesses to remain in compliance in the sales of alcohol.

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    Each of the businesses were given the stipulation of enrollment in the Best Practices Program prior to March 1st to stay the 3 day license suspension along with a varying financial penalty ranging from $500 each for Wyatts Twisted Americana, BreakAway Arts Caf and El Mexican Restaurant and a $1,000 penalty for Cub Foods Liquor for the same offense.

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