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HPD Investigating Stabbing

In breaking news from the Hastings Police Department, Chief Bryan Schafer gave KDWA information about a crime involving a Hastings man.

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The name of the victim has not been released, and the chief noted that the investigation does not suggest that the general public is in danger from the assailant. We will follow this story and bring you more information as it becomes available.

   

US Vet Talks Independence Day Meaning

For some, the display of pyrotechnics are much more than a way to light up the night. John, a US veteran, talked with us while loading a large supply into his crowded car. We asked him why he participates in this holiday in a big way.

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He also told us the important reason behind the holiday.

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We asked whether he thought troops might be celebrating as well.

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Mayflies Are Back, Downtown Cuts Lights

In a message from the Hastings Public Works, they're baaaack.....crews have started to notice an increased presence of mayflies in the areas near the rivers, and in anticipation of a larger hatching event, they are turning off the street lights in the Downtown area to minimize the attraction of these annual visitors. The lights on the bridge will also be turned off and residents are advised that these pesky fly by nighters, can add to the irritation factor for vehicles and pedestrians alike. Caution should be used when navigating thru areas that may affected with large swarms of the unwelcome visitor. Once the hatch peaks, which typically happens during the first weeks of July, The lights will be turned back on.

   

Prescott Mayor Vetoes Liquor License for Carbone's

In a reversal of anticipated support for the owner of Prescott's Carbone's Pizzeria, Mike Magler tells KDWA about his reaction to the recent decision made by Prescott Mayor Dave Hovel to veto the actions of the council in the awarding of the city's only remaining Class B liquor license. This type of license is limited by the state based on population.

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With a council vote of 5 to 1 in favor of the license initally held by the now defunct Cabana Jo's, once the Steamboat Inn, located at the entrance to the city, Mayor Hovel responded with an email read to KDWA by Prescott City Administrator Jayne Brand.

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We asked Magler if the access to and from Hwy 10, one of the Mayor's main objections was something that could be corrected, given the constraints of the property.

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The mayor's letter as read by Brand, addressed reserving this license to court a larger investor such as a possible hotel/restaurant instead of an existing business, such as the one owned by Magler, who purchased the business in 2014 as an indepent owner of the Carbone name.

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The council could vote to overturn the veto with a 2/3rds vote of 4 of the 6 members. A final decision is likely to be made when the council takes up the issue at the July 13th meeting which begins at 6:30 in the City Building Library.

   

Body Found in St. Paul Park

The Washington County Sheriff's Office received a call of a found body located on the Mississippi River near Hidden Harbor Marina in St. Paul Park on Tuesday morning. The body was located by Minnesota DNR employees in a side channel south of the marina who were in the area doing research. Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. Paul Park Police and Fire departments responded. The body was recovered and turned over to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for positive ID. The body has been in the river for some time and this will slow the identification process.

   

Blood Drive Coming Up

The American Red Cross will be accepting blood donations at Power Within Chiropractic in Hastings, on Wednesday, July 15th from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Donors of all blood types, (especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative,) are needed. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

   

Chief Schutt Talks Fireworks

Numerous fireworks displays, both public and private, will be occuring across the state this weekend. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt talks about what's happening in the Hastings area.

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McNamara's Name Cleared After Complaint

The Minnesota House Ethics Committee met Tuesday and determined the complaint filed by Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) against Rep. Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) was without probable cause. Rep. McNamara issued the following statement in response the Committees findings.

"I want to thank the Committee for their work and for seeing Rep. Kahn's complaint for what it was: frivolous. Throughout this process I have sought to highlight that votes cast by members of the legislature, whether Republican or Democrat, should never be held against their family members. As I made very clear, my integrity is not for sale and I'm glad today that my name has been cleared."

   

Transformer Catches Fire at Car Show

The Hastings Fire Department responded to an electrical fire downtown during last weekends Saturday Night Cruise-In. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt explains.

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Chief Schutt also talked about possible causes of the fire.

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There were no power outages in Hastings as a result of the fire.

   

School Board Passes 2015-16 Budget

The Hastings School Board voted on the budget for the 2015-2016 school year at its meeting on June 24th. ISD 200 Superintendent Tim Collins spoke to the board about the improvements to this year's budget.

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The Board passed the budget with a unanimous vote.

   

HFS Seeking Fresh Produce

Hastings Family Service is hoping to take advantage of the growing season by offering fresh produce to its clients. Executive Director Chris Koop puts out the call to those with a surplus in their garden.

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Koop went on to talk about being able to offer those in need nutritious food.

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Fire Captains Chosen

The Hastings Fire Department has spent the past few months conducting a rigorous evaluation process, including testing from outside agencies, in its search to hire three full-time fire captains. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt shares the results of that process.

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Car Stolen from CG Crashes in Eau Claire

A Cottage Grove resident noticed an unwelcome sight in his driveway last week. Captain Pete Koerner, Deputy Cottage Grove Public Safety officer fills us in on the event.

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Not only was the car missing, but Captain Koerner adds it traveled quite a distance and caused further headaches to its owner.

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City Hall Paving Project

The Riverfront rehabbing has been a big part of our local news stories with many developments along the downtown. Nearby, the Hastings City Hall grounds are also experiencing some revitalization. As you cross the bridge into town, you may have noticed the work being done on the north side of City Hall around the Early Hastings metal sculpture. The piece, donated by Hazel Jacobsen Theel, is placed in the center of the lawn, and the work being done involves adding a curving path from the 3rd Street sidewalk which extends to the sculpture, then encircles it before continuing in a winding fashion up to the steps of the north entrance. Mike Likes, one of the landscapers in charge of the project talked with us near the completion of the piecework.

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Likes also hinted at further work that will take place later this year.

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(Photo by Kelly Casey.)

   

RRP2 Updates

Riverfront Renaissance construction is progressing on schedule. Hastings Public Works Director Nick Egger goes over some of the work being done on the project.

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Safety Camp Held June 23rd

The Hastings Community Education safety camp was held at Hastings High School on June 23rd. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt talks about this annual event.

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ISD 200 Hires Mental Health Case Worker

ISD 200 Superintendent Tim Collins recently spoke on KDWA about the one of the staff postions most needed according to teachers in the district.

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Collins broke the news about filling that position.

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Collins went on to explain the importance of having a mental health case worker in the district.

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HPD Incidents

Hastings Police were called to a dispute between two Hastings adults, ultimately charging Jeffrey Lee Grinnell, age 35 with two counts of felony assault and one count of false imprisonment which took place June 10th. Officers made the arrest following investigation in which a female accused Grinnell of physical assault and preventing her from leaving the premises following the incident. Hastings Police also charged Diane Elaine Graham aged 67 and Susan Katherine Duncan age 69 with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult in connection with using the debit cards of two vulnerable adults, residing in a Hastings group home. Several thousand dollars were withdrawn using the cards from video surveillance equipped ATM's at a nearby casino.

   

In-Depth Preview: Slavik Talks Parks

First District Commissioner of Dakota County, Mike Slavik, is Friday's guest on a two-segment exploration of some of the green resources that can be found in Dakota County Parks. Among the parks system, Lebannon Hills is a favorite.

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Slavik also spoke about several unique feature of Lebannon Hills Park.

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There are many ways to connect with the Dakota County parks system.

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House to be Burned Down for HFD Training

Ongoing training at a house donated to the Hastings Fire Department will come to an end this weekend. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt talks about the house's final use.

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Chef Schutt also talked about training with other area departments.

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Hastings Police Dept. Update

Conditional job offers have been made to Luke Erickson of Rosemount and Geoffrey Latch of Maple Grove to be the newest Hastings Police Officers. Anticipated starting date for the officers is July 6th, with an official swearing in ceremony at the July 20th City Council meeting. Officer Mike Schmitz and K-9 Ozzy finished 2nd Place in the Apprehension Category of the MN State K-9 Trials in Cloquet, MN. They competed against 76 other K-9 Units from throughout the state. Officer Kyle Linscheid has been selected as the newest Team Leader of the Dakota County Drug Task Force, Kyle has been with the department since 2008 and his assignment came after high recommendations by both his supervisors and peers. There has been a spike in theft from motor vehicles throughout the city the past two weeks, a common trend as summer begins. Officer Paul Young was called to investigate a theft from vehicle at about 6:30am on Wednesday, June 17th and located the suspects a short time later along with the items taken. During the investigation, officers also located additional property from some of the other recent thefts. Calls for comment to the Hastings Police Department could not be returned in time for the news deadline.

   

Downtown Road Construction Beginning

Dakota County is starting road work on 2nd St., which is also County Road 42, east of Highway 61. Hastings Public Works Director Nick Egger talks about the project.

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Egger went on to advise alternate routes during construction.

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HFD Rescues Family Stranded on River

A family of four received a scare Sunday night when the engine of their boat died, leaving them stranded on the Mississippi River. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt talks about the rescue.

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Prescott City Council Meeting Recap

The Prescott City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting last night at city hall. Prescott City Administrator Jayne Brand gives a recap of the session.

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Microsurfacing Highway 55

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin microsurfacing on Highway 55 on Thursday, June 25th. Hastings Public works Director Nick Egger goes over the project.

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MNDOT plans on being finished with their work within the City by Independence Day. Because of the tight timeframe, all work will be done with lane closures while they are in the 4-lane area of the City, likely resulting in traffic congestion.

   

 

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