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Prescott Planning Commission Meeting on Sept 2nd

The Prescott Planning Commission will be meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd, for thier regular scheduled meeting at 6:30pm in Prescott City Hall. City Administrator, Jayne Brand, goes over the meeting's agenda.

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Hastings City Council Meeting on September 2nd

The Hastings City Council will be meeting for a regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd, in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 7pm. Hastings Mayor, Paul Hicks, goes over the night's agenda.

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2nd Annual Teachers Luncheon

On Wednesday, August 27th, the Prescott Chamber of Commerce had their 2nd Annual Teachers Luncheon, to welcome new teachers to the school district. This year there were 12 new teachers who participated, as well as 14 chamber members. The event was held at Carbone's Pizzeria and Trisha Huber, from the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, has the Luncheon details.

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Ride United On Saturday, August 30th

The United Way of Hastings' 1st Annual Ride United Motorcyle Ride and Poker Run will be happening tomorrow, Saturday, August 30th. The ride will begin at 11am at the Point Restaurant, and there will even be a Party Bus for people who don't have a motorcycle but still would like to participate. United Way Executive Director, Mari Mellick, has all the details.

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River City Revue

On Friday, August 22nd, the River City Revue was a chance to paddle in a voyageur canoe while taking in lovely views of the Mississippi River from Hastings to Prescott. Freedom Park Executive Director, Jessica Bierbrauer, took part in the Revue and talks about it.

(Photo Courtesy of Mississippi River Fund)

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Primary Election Recount Results

On Thursday, August 21st the Primary Election vote recount took place at 9am at the County Administration Center in Hastings. The recount was requested by Terry Donnelly, who lost by 11 votes. According to the Dakota County Voting Office, the results of the recount were exactly the same as the original count of Mike Slavik with 1940 votes, Mark Henry with 640, and Terry Donnelly with 629. That means Mike Slavik and Mark Henry will be opponents in the General Election on Tuesday, November 4th.


AAUW Scholarship Winner: Amanda Pass

The Hastings Branch American Association of University Women has been giving out college scholarhips to top ranking seniors since 1971. On May 19th, AAUW announced Hastings Senior, Amanda Pass, as the winner of their annual scholarship. Hastings Branch AAUW Chairwoman of Funds Jan Junkman tells us more.

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Father Cole Kracke Day: August 28th

On Sunday, August 24th after the 9:30 am mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church,Father Cole was surprised by Mayor Hicks with an early birthday gift. Mayor Hicks proclaimed that Thursday, August 28th would be Fr. Cole Kracke Day. Hicks tells us more.

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Father Cole talks about the surprise gift.

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Saturday Night Cruise-In

The Hastings Saturday Night Cruise-In took place this past Saturday night on August 23rd. There were all sorts of vehicles there from old police cars, vintage cars, and even Mater from Disney's Cars. Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer gives a recap of the evening.

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What Will Happen to the CVS Remains?

There are lot of questions going around about what will happen with the remains that were found at the CVS construction site. Hastings Police Chief, Bryan Schafer, was able to get in touch with Susan Myster, the Professor of Anthropology at Hamline University, who is working with the remains and asked her that question.

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Jason Reuter Benefit

On Saturday, October 11th, a benefit will take place celebrating Jason Rueters life. This event is a fund raiser to help support the two sons he left behind. The event will take place at Hastings Coliseum Bar starting at noon. Shannon Caneff, one of the event coordinators, goes over all the details.

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Tempers Flare During City Council Meeting

The drainage at Conzemius Park has been and on-going probem that spilled over at the Monday night, August 18th city council meeting. During the discussion, Mayor Hicks kept saying that there was a meeting scheduled to address this issue on September 2nd. Kevin Burke of Park Lane still wanted to talk about the issues right then, stating that the city wasn't doing enough to fix the drainage issue, and began to talk about how the last meeting went.

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Council Member, Joe Balsanek, offered his opinion on how the meeting happened.

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2nd Annual Benefit For K9s In Law Enforcement

Vested Intrest in K9s, the company who donated a bullet and stab protective vest to K-9 Ozzy of the Hastings Police Department will be holding an event to help raise funds to donate more vests in Minnesota. So on Saturday, September 27th, the 2nd Annual Benefit for Minnesota K9s in Law Enforcement will be taking place at Cajah Salon, in St. Paul. Vested Intrest in K9s Board Member, Krichel Estrella tells us more.

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Safe And Sober Project

This past weekend you might have noticed an increased police presence in Hastings or even saw other local city's police departments pulling people over. The reason is because there was a Safe and Sober Project going on in town. Hastings Police Chief, Bryan Schafer, talks about the safe and sober weekend.

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Terry Donnelly Has Requested a Recount

Primary Elections were held on Tuesday, August 12th, and the results showed an 11 vote difference between Mark Henry and Terry Donnelly, with Mark Henry leading. After the votes had been canvassed, on Friday, August 15th, Terry Donnelly submitted an offical request for a recount. For Primary Elections candidates have 5 days after the canvassing board has met to submit the request. So, on Thursday, August 21st the recount will take place at 9am at the County Administration Center in Hastings. Manager of Elections and Vital Statistics for Dakota County, Andy Lokken, explains the reason for having a recount.

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Authorities Search The Vermillion River For Evidence Connected to Reuter Homicide

On Monday, August 18th the Dakota County Dive Team was on the Vermillion River, just south of 18th street in Hastings, doing an "article search" for some possible evidence pertaining to the Jason Reuter Homicide. Hastings Police Chief, Byran Schafer, talks about the activity on the river.

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Local Teen Traveling To Alaska

17-year-old Natalee Chapin, of Hastings, is a Key Teen Opinion Leader with Helping Kids Succeed, she is currently raising funds to go to Nulato, Alaska, for a Mentor Trip. So far, Natalee is the only youth who is certified in the Student Support Card, which allows her to speak publicly plus teach people about Helping Kids Succeed's web of support. On Friday, August 15th, Natalee was outside Coborns, in Hastings, sellling hotdogs, brats, and soda to help raise the $2000 for her plane ticket to Alaska. Prior to the hot dog fundraiser, she had already raised $1000. Natalee goes over the trip details.

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Man driving through Prescott Caught With Drugs

On Sunday, August 10th at 8:54pm an individual was leaving the Dairy Queen parking lot, in Prescott, and forgot to turn on their headlights. This simple violation turned into something more, as police pulled the vehicle over to address the headlight issue. Prescott Police Chief, Gary Krutke, with the details.

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Hastings Snow Emergency Survey

The City of Hastings is reviewing its options regarding snow removal efforts and Snow Emergency policy for the upcoming winter season. Snow removal is one of the most challenging and time consuming services that the city provides residents and they seeking new and improved methods or ideas to provide the highest level of service. To get your input, they City has created an online survey, and City Communications Coordinator, Lee Stoffel, talks about the survey.

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IRS Phone Scam

Phone scammers are getting very creative these days. The most recent scam you should be aware of is a person calling you and pretending to be from the IRS. They either claim that you are entitled to a large refund or that you owe the IRS money. It has even gotten to the point where these people have managed to "spoof" or imitate the IRS toll-free number on your Caller-ID to make it appear the call is official. Dakota County Chief Deputy Sheriff, Tim Leslie, talks about the scam.

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Primary Election Results

The Hastings City Council will be meeting on Thursday, August 14th to canvass the election results. Canvassing is where the Council gets together to do an official count of the votes, then vote on that number to apporve it, and that's when the count becomes offical.

Here are the election results from the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 12th:

Dakota County Commissioner District 1

Candidate                                Total Votes                        Percentage

Mike Slavik                                                     1940                                                   60.45%

Mark Henry                                                       640                                                    19.94%

Terry Donnelly                                                  629                                                    19.60%

That means that Mike Slavik and Mark Henry will continue forward, and be put on the General Election ballot on Tuesday, November 4th.

Hastings City Council At Large Seats

Candidate                                Total Votes                        Percentage

Mark Vaughan                                                 756                                                      33.63%

Lori Braucks                                                     551                                                      24.51%

Joanna Bayers                                                 349                                                      15.52%

Tom Wright                                                       287                                                      12.77%

Ian Martin                                                          212                                                        9.43%

Blaine Hornbuckle                                              93                                                        4.14%

The top 4 candidates will move on to the General Election on November 4th. Since Tom Wright has decided to drop out of the race, the candidates moving forward will be: Mark Vaughan, Lori Braucks, Joanna Bayers, and Ian Martin.


Drug Bust at Hastings Country Inn

On Sunday, August 10th, the Hastings Police Department received a complaint around 9pm, about possible drug dealing or drug usage going on at the Hastings Country Inn. Hastings Police Chief, Bryan Schafer, talks about the incident.

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Crash On Highway 52

On Wednesday, August 6th, the Hastings Fire Department, Dakota County Sheriff, and State Patrol all responded to a single vehicle crash on highway 52, just north of 180th street. There was also an accident on highway 52 and 190th and Hastings Fire Chief, Mike Schutt, has the details of the accidents.

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New Historic Directional Signs for Downtown Hastings Coming Soon

The City of Hastings has been working with MNDOT to form an agreement that will allow the placement of a new sign directing motorists to downtown and to highlight its historic significance. One of the main issues in getting this new sign, was the wording the City of Hastings wanted to use vs what was authorized by MNDOT. The signs are expected to be installed in September. City Engineer, Nick Egger, tells us more.

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August 12th Primary Elections

On August 12th, voting for the primary election will be held from 7am-8pm.

For Hastings area voters, the election is for the two at-large City Council positions and the County Commissioner District 1 position. The candiates for the City Council At-Large seats are: Joanna Bayers, Lori Braucks, Ian Martin, and Mark Vaughan. While Blaine Hornbuckle and Tom Wright are still on the printed ballot, they have both dropped out of the race. The candidates for District One Dakota County Commissioner are: Terry Donnelly, Mark Henry, and Incumbent Mike Slavik.

There are eight polling places located throughout Hastings:

Ward 1, Precinct 1 is a mail-in ballot.

Ward 1, Precinct 2 polls at City Hall,

Ward 1, Precinct 3 polls at Hope Lutheran Church,

Ward 2, Precinct 1 polls at St. John's Lutheran Church,

Ward 2, Precinct 2 polls at Our Savior's Lutheran Church,

Ward 3, Precinct 1 polls at Calvary Christian Church, which is a new polling location,

Ward 3, Precinct 2 polls at Hastings United Methodist Church,

Ward 4, Precinct 1 polls at St. Phillip's Lutheran Church,

Ward 4, Precinct 2 polls at Knights of Columbus Hall.

For Prescott Voters, polling will take place at City Hall. The main race at the county level is for sheriff, which is Nancy Hove vs. Bill Parks. The Senate race is between Republicans Bill Ingram and Mel Pittman to run against Democratic incumbent Kathleen Vinehout. The race for governor is between Democrats Mary Burke and Brett Husley to take on Republican incumbent Scott Walker.



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