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Highlights From Hastings City Council Meeting

The City of Hastings seeks to collaborate with Dakota County on improvements for county roads within the city. Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik discusses the idea in a presentation to the Hastings City Council.

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The City Council has approved an increase in fees for the City of Hastings ambulance service. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt talks about the need for the increase.

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The Hastings City Council held a public hearing to give Notice of Intent to apply for US EPA Site Clean Up Grants for the Hudson Manufacturing facility. Hastings Community Development Director John Hinzman explains.

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The Hastings City Council has approved the Levy and Budget for 2015. City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee gives an overview of the tax and spending for next year.

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Riverfront Renaissance Phase 1 Completed

Work on the Riverfront Renaissance Phase 1 has concluded successfully for 2014. Hastings City Engineer Nick Egger explains.

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Planning for 2015 street construction happens during the winter months. Nick Egger goes over the process.

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Dakota County Property Tax Increase

Dakota County has increased property taxes for 2015. In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners voted to increase the County levy by 1 percent next year. The county levy has changed only 1% over the past five years compared to a 10.2 percent change in the Consumer Price Index. The increase is due in part to cost pressures from contract service providers, service demands and infrastructure investment.

   

Holiday Train Success

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has succeeded in bringing out holiday donations. Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop talks about the train's recent stop in Hastings.

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Chris Koop also reaches out to all those in need of help this holiday.

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Fit Testing at the Hastings Fire Dept.

On Thursday, December 11th the Hastings Fire Department conducted its annual physicals and fit testing for its firefighters. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt explains.

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Live Nativity put on by St. Joseph's Church

Parishioners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville presented a live Nativity on their church grounds on Sunday, December 14th. The story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus was reenacted in a stable, complete with music, live animals and a real baby! The church has typically presented this program every 2 years, but hopes to make it an annual event.

   

Andy Langenfeld Announces Resignation from Black Dirt Theater

Members of the Black Dirt Theater announced on KDWA Radio that there would be a major change in the leadership of BDT. Andy Langenfeld talks about his resignation and how it will impact the local theater group.

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Langenfeld also described the strong position of the organization and who will guide the future of Black Dirt.

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Co Founder Libby Waslyk, explains how Black Dirt will move forward and what the public and performers should expect from this change.

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Fatal Crash on Ravenna Trail

A fatal two-car crash early Thursday evening closed Ravenna Trail south of Hastings. Some of the passengers involved were transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Two people have died as a result of the accident. As more information becomes available, KDWA Radio and kdwa.com will report it.

HFS Sees Large Turnout for Holiday Giving Events

The holiday spirit has been strong in Hastings this week as holiday giving events have experienced large turnouts from local residents. Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop explains.

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Hastings Family Service is still accepting applications for Holiday assistance. Chris Koop tells us how to apply.

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SEAS School Happenings

Here's St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Principal Tim Sullivan to talk about what's going on at SEAS School.

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Sullivan also talked about something new the 6th graders at SEAS are trying.

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Finally, Sullivan talks about the Christmas Concert that happened earlier this week, as well as what events are coming up at SEAS School.

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Man Found Dead in Car at CG Holiday Gas Station

A man was found dead in his car on Tuesday, December 9th. 26-year-old Tylor David Johnson of Hastings was parked outside a Holiday gas station in Cottage Grove where he appeared to just be taking a nap in his car. Captain Pete Koerner of the Cottage Grove Police Department tells us more.

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Dakota County Seeking Volunteers for Annual New Year's Eve Party

Dakota County Parks is seeking volunteers for its annual New Years Eve party at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. The Parks Department needs help lighting luminaries from 1-4 p.m. before the event. From 3:30-8:30 p.m., volunteers are needed to tend bonfires, help with registration, patrol trails, administer snowshoe rental and more. Volunteers must be 16 or older, or supervised by an adult if age 15 or younger. A hot meal will be provided to volunteers as a thank you for their assistance. For more information call 651-554-6532.

Chamber Award Winners Announced

KDWA radio welcomed the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce President Michelle Jacobs to our studios for the announcement of the 2014 Chamber awards.

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Recipients will be honored at an awards dinner on January 27th, 2015 at the Hastings Country Inn.

   

2014 Construction Season Wrapping Up

The Hastings Public Works Department is wrapping up its 2014 construction season this week. Hastings City Engineer Nick Egger gives the details.

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The Hastings Public Works Department will spend the cold weather months planning for the 2015 construction season. Hastings City Engineer Nick Egger explains.

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Prescott City Countil Meeting

Here's Prescott City Administrator Jayne Brand with a recap of the Prescott City Council meeting.

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Hastings Planning Commission Meeting

At their December 8th meeting, the Hastings Planning Commission voted for recommending approval of the amended code on exterior lighting to the City Council, after striking a prohibition on strobe, laser and flashing lights. Community Development Director John Hinzman goes over the amended code.

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The Planning Commission also recommened approval of an amendment to an ordinance that would allow the Hastings Creamery to continue legal operations at its present location. Community Development Director John Hinzman explains.

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Washington Co. Sheriff's Office Dealing with Phone Scam

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is being rocked by a phone scam. Commander Cheri Dexter sorts the situation out.

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WESTconsin Holds Food Drive

WestConsin Credit Union is holding a food drive this year. WestConsin Office Supervisor Julie Moe tells us more.

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Red Bulb Added To HFD's Wreath

A red bulb was added to the Hastings Fire Department's White Wreath that hangs on the Fire Station to indicate the number of preventable structure fires this holiday season. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt explains.

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Homestead Property Tax Information

Here's Dakota County Assessor Teresa Mitchell with a reminder for anyone who owns property in Dakota County.

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Holiday Train Visits This Week

The community of Cottage Grove will once again turn out for the annual visit of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, which pulls into town on Wednesday, December 10th. Chamber representative Colleen Stelmach tells KDWA news just what to expect and where to get the best view.

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This event has garnered thousands of dollars for the area food shelf and Stelmach talks more about the goal this year.

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AH-HA Wins "Golden Beet" Award

A Healthier Hastings 4 All won a "Golden Beet" award last month. Lisa Damon tells us more.

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King's Place Has 8th Annual Toy Drive

King's Place in Miesville will be holding their 8th annual toy drive on Tuesday, December 9th from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. Chris Koop from Hastings Family Service tells us more.

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SEAS School Happenings

Here's SEAS School Principle Tim Sullivan with some happenings from the school.

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Hastings TLC Announces 6th Annual Gala

Hastings Total LifeCare Center is having their 6th Annual Gala on January 31st. Hastings TLC Administrative Assistant Rachel Kisby tells us more.

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