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Hedin Files for Re-Election

Lisa Hedin has filed as a candidate for re-election to the Independent School District 200 school board. Hedin has been a School Board member since January 2012. She has served as Director and Clerk, and is currently the Vice Chair. She also serves on numerous committees within the School Board, including Facility, Joint Powers, Administrative Negotiations, Finance, Policy and Transportation. Hedin supports the current Vision 2025 initiative and has actively lobbied, both in person and through letters, for strong education funding. She is active in the Hastings community where she mentors and coaches with multiple local youth programs, serves on the Board of the Hastings YMCA, volunteers at Carpenter Nature Center and is active with the American Association of University Women. Hedin has been a stay-at-home parent since 2004, and prior to that time worked for nineteen years as a civil engineer, project manager, and senior administrator for the Corps of Engineers.

   

Preview: Hastings City Council Meeting

The Hastings City Council will meet Monday, August 3rd at 7:00pm in the City Hall. Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks goes over the agenda.

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Prior to the regular meeting, the council will hold a workshop session.

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DNR To Talk Vermillion River Trout

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed changes to regulations for trout on the Vermillion River in Dakota County. The meeting will take place at 7:00pm, September 10th at the Vermillion Highlands Wildlife Management Area office in Rosemount. The DNR is proposing to allow harvest of rainbow trout anywhere on the Vermillion according to regular statewide regulations. All brown trout will need to be immediately released. Currently, both rainbow trout and brown trout can be kept if caught within the city of Farmington. The Vermillion's rainbow trout are stocked annually, while brown trout reproduce there naturally. The proposal under consideration also would extend the trout season on the Vermillion River to make it the same as the season on trout streams in southeastern Minnesota, which runs from the Saturday closest to April 15th through September 14th, with a catch-and-release season from September 15th through October 15th. Those unable to attend the public input meeting may submit written comments by email to metroeast.fisheries@state.mn.us. Comments must be received no later than 5:00pm on September 20th.

   

UWH Small Business Blitz

The annual campaign will take on a different look this year for the United Way of Hastings. Karen Hancock tells KDWA about the Small Business Blitz.

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The new effort will involve some creativity, Hancock continues.

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There is still time to participate. Hancock explains how to be a part of the team.

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Kwik Trip Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting for the Kwik Trip store was attended by several members of the Hastings business community on Wednesday morning. Members of the Ambassadors of the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Paul Hicks and owners LaVonne and Don Zietlow. Community business supporters were also on hand including Chief Bryan Schafer and Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop, who each received a $500 community service check from manager Derrick Struve on behalf of the LaCrosse, Wisconsin-based company that will employ approximately 40 people at the new store on Vermillion Street.

   

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RRP2 Work Mostly at Levee Park

The majority of Riverfront Renaissance Phase 2 construction is now being done in Levee Park. Hastings Public Works Director Nick Egger talks about one of the park's special features.

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Work Continues on New Prescott High School

Work continues on the new Prescott High School. The building process has drawn questions from the community on the student capacity and we received information from the Prescott School district that addresses those questions. The school is being built to accommodate 450 students with seating capacity for 1200 spectators in the gym and 500 spectators in auditorium. Currently, the district, headed by new Superintendent Dr. Rick Spiccuza, lacks dedicated performance space and relies on the gyms of the elementary and Middle schools to accommodate plays, concerts and other community gatherings. Planning for the new building included designing core areas (like the cafeteria) for up to 600 in capacity so they can be useful as enrollment increases over time. The design also includes plans for adding classrooms in the future, if warranted by enrollment increases. It is being built in phases, and we will bring you more information as progress proceeds.

   

Safe Summer Nights Coming to Hastings

Safe Summer Nights is coming to Hastings. The program, sponsored by businesses and volunteers from St. Paul, helps neighborhoods connect with local law enforcement. Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer talks about taking the program to the Westview Village and Whispering Lane neighborhoods.

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Downtown Lots Opening Back Up

The downtown parking lots that were resurfaced as part of Riverfront Renaissance Phase 2 construction will be opening back up this week. Hastings Public Works Director Nick Egger spoke Tuesday about shifting the focus of the work over to Levee Park.

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Giving Opportunities at HFS

Summer can be a difficult time for those in need. Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop talks about some of the opportunities to give.

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Microsurfacing on Hwy 55 West of Hastings

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will continue microsurfacing work on Highway 55 west of Hastings this week. Hastings Public Works Director Nick Egger talks about what drivers can expect.

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Washington County Fair

The last days of July means the Washington County Fair, taking place in Lake Elmo July 29th through August 2nd. Tomorrow (July 28th) is the last entry day for Open Class Entries taken at the Fair Office in Building "B" for entry tags. Advance "Carnival Ride" discount tickets offering five rides for $10 are available for sale in Building B of the Fair Office until 9:00pm July 28th. Wednesday night at 6:00pm is the kick-off parade. Thursday is Family Fun Day with the Paul Bunyan Show, Western Wisconsin Truck Puller show, and the Teen Division Talent Show. Friday Saturday and Sunday have lots of fun including the ATV Big Air Tour on Friday, and the Demolition Derby on Saturday Night. Grandstand events require an additional admission charge. The Main Gate admission for the Fair is $7 per person. Find out more on their Facebook pages.

   

Chief Asks Public to Respect Construction Zones

With construction season in full swing this summer, Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer asks residents to be respectful of the city's construction zones.

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Warrant Sweep Honoring Scott Patrick

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office will lead a warrant sweep in honor of Officer Scott Patrick, in conjunction with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies on Thursday, July 30th. A warrant sweep is a specific day chosen by law enforcement agencies to coordinate efforts toward locating those with pending arrest warrants. Warrant sweeps result in varying amounts of arrests, but all sweeps remind those with outstanding warrants that they will be held accountable. Officer Patrick, a 47-year-old father of two and 19-year veteran of the Mendota Heights Police Department, was shot to death in West St. Paul while conducting a traffic stop on July 30, 2014. Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said, "There is no better way to honor a fellow officer than to do the work Officer Patrick dedicated his life to."

   

ISD 200 Receives Grant

The July District 200 School Board meeting began with a major announcement from Superintendent Tim Collins.

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The grant will be divided to fund several needs. Superintendent Collins describes some of them.

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Collins thanked the team who worked on the grant, although it was unlikely to be received, due to the late start from the Hastings team.

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The award may even bring more dollars to the district, Collins explains.

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We'll have more from the July meeting of the District 200 School on future newscasts.

   

HPD Chief Talks Waste of Resources

A man that claimed his friend was in the river last week along with a man that jumped off the Highway 61 bridge for the fun of it earlier this month both brought out emergency services under false pretenses. Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer talks about this waste of tax-paid resources.

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HFD Announces 75th Annual Booya

The Hastings Fire Department has announced it will hold its 75th annual Booya on Sunday, September 13th. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt goes over the process of preparing the soup.

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HFD Assists Miesville with Sunday Fires

The Hastings Fire Department assisted the Miesville Fire Department with two separate fires that occured on Sunday in that community. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt goes over the incidents.

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Chief Schutt also spoke about the probable cause of the explosion.

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Bella Vista Sidewalk Cafe Approved

The Hastings City Council held a public hearing at its July 20th meeting to consider approval of a sidewalk cafe and liquor license amendment for Bella Vista restaurant in downtown Hastings. City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee presented the amendment to the council.

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The amendment passed with a unanimous vote.

   

KwikTrip Opens Doors

The opening of the area's newest convenience store and gas station took place this morning at 5AM. KDWA's Kelly Casey arrived just minutes before the doors were opened, and talked with several people waiting in the dark for the lights to go on at the Kwik Trip, store #249 located at 1630 Vermillion Street. Kathy was at the head of the line because....

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In the darkend parking lot, several others hovered nearby as Jeff Schaff counted the minutes down.

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At 5 o'clock sharp, the red neon sign was illuminated and the lights were flipped on. The doors were opened by Manager Derrick Struve.

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Employing about 40 people, Struve describes the last busy days before the opening.

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There will be a more formal event taking place next week.

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YMCA's Events at RTD

In continuing coverage of the many events of Hastings Rivertown Days, we checked with Derrick Jaeger from Hastings Family YMCA for a recap of their busy weekend which began with the Glow Run on Thursday Night. Jaeger tells us who took part in the 2nd annual event.

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The last day of the festival was time to cheer on the participants of the annual Duck Race. Instead of a multitude of little rubber ducks, the 7 contestants rode giant inflatable ducks and paddled like ducks do, to the finish line, or as close as they could get. Jaeger tells us how this year put a different spin on this daffy competition.

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City Council Orders TIF Hearing

The Hastings City Council has ordered a public hearing to discuss the establishment of a Tax Increment Finance District for the development at Great River Landing, formerly known as the Hudson Building. Hastings Community Development Director John Hinzman explains how the TIF District will work.

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HFD Dispels Miss. River Rescue Rumor

The story of a person being rescued from the Mississippi River near downtown Hastings Wednesday morning caused a brief surge on social media and was even perpetuated by a Twin Cities television station. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt helps dispel the rumor.

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Sidewalk Cafe at Bella Vista

The Hastings City Council held a public hearing at its July 20th meeting to consider approval of a sidewalk cafe and liquor license amendment for Bella Vista restaurant in downtown Hastings. City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee presented the amendment to the council.

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The amendment passed with a unanimous vote.

     

GRRVLC Seeking Volunteers

The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center at Freedom Park is looking for people that like to interact with the public and share their knowledge of the area. Freedom Park Executive Director Jessica Bierbrauer puts out the call for volunteers.

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