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    Hydrant Flushing Has Begun

    Hastings' annual water system flushing and hydrant inspection program has begun, and will carry on for approximately two weeks. According to Public Works Director Nick Eggers, flushing can affect the appearance of water as it comes into a residence or business.

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    City workers flush the system beginning closest to the water towers and working outward towards the edges of the City. For concerns contact the Public Works Facility at 651-480-6185.   

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    Trash Pickups Modified

    The City of Hastings has issued an advisory regarding trash pick up in town. According to the advisory, starting immediately, Tennis Sanitation will only collect bagged trash. No loose trash items will be handled or picked up. City staff ask that overflow trash be contained in tightly sealed trash bags next to bins on pickup day. All recycling should be loose in the cart as usual, not overflowing. If it doesn't fit in the cart, please call Tennis for another pick up or hold overflow items until the following week.

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    County Trails Still Open

    Although the State is now under a "Shelter-In-Place" directive, that does not mean being confined to one's abode. Dakota County Disease Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Supervisor Christine Lees stated that not everything in the County is closed.

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    Questions can be directed to the County at 651-437-3191.

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    Water Main Break Repaired

    A water main break reported early Friday morning was quickly repaired by Hastings Public Works. On Friday, KDWA News spoke with Public Works Director Nick Eggers, who reported on the progress of the repairs.

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    He also revealed the age and composition of the water main.

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    There was no interruption of service for area residents.

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    Hastings Council Suspends Activities

    At a special Hastings City Council meeting on Thursday, City Administrator Dan Wietecha asked the City Council to cancel all City sponsored activities and all activities taking place at City facilities through May 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. During deliberations the Council discussed why May 31 was chosen, following the Governor's orders for school dates, and the staff's desire to be clear events may be re-scheduled as soon as practical. The Council also discussed the plan for outside playgrounds, and the need for clarification on the executive order regarding playgrounds, and the possibility of investing in fences to close playgrounds if necessary. Councilmember Balsanek made a motion to cancel all City sponsored activities and events occurring at City facilities until such time there is a Governor's executive order that would be appropriate to opening all City activities and events with the stipulation that the Parks & Recreation Department would be sensitive to preparing for such an executive order. The motion passed unanimously.

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    Senior Center Closes

    In following with the school schedule, the Hastings Senior Center will be closed through Friday, May 1. Senior Center staff are hoping together they can help keep the virus from spreading. According to Senior Center Coordinator Laurie Thrush, the Center will only open when it is safe for members to be back together. At this time, they are not sure when that will be. The center plans on keeping members updated via email with any new information regarding the Hastings Area Senior Center. Members that have a serious need, or are concerned about someone else, are asked call 651-480-7689.

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    OSEL Blood Drive Scheduled

    Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 400 West 9th St. will host at Blood Drive, on Monday April 20th, from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and Tuesday April 21st, from 1 to 7 PM. Right now, American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. To schedule an appointment go to RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-855-210-1278, or call Gail 651-248-1173.   

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    Matrix Relocates Individuals

    In partnership with Dakota County, Matrix Housing Services was able to close the Matrix Emergency Shelter on Friday, and open the Matrix Hotel Sheltering project. This means all Matrix Shelter guests will move into hotels. Matrix is working with Extended Stay America in Eagan and have an agreement in place to serve as many as 40 individuals and their pets for a few months. According to a press release issued by Matrix, this was the best response to managing the current pandemic for shelter guests, staff, and volunteers. Matrix will continue to have staff work with guests in this program to make sure their needs are being addressed and progress is being made towards housing stability. The Matrix Resource Center will also operate by appointment only at this time, 612-720-3409.

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    State Legislature Acts On More Funding

    The State Senate has passed a $330 million relief package for the COVID-19 outbreak. Senator Karla Bigham explains.

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    Hear more from Senator Bigham on Community In Depth, only on KDWA.

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    Hastings Legion Ready To Serve You

    Another essential business in Hastings that will be keeping us fed throughout our current situation, is the American Legion, downtown along the river, serving some of the best food in town, and Assistant Manager Andrew Swanson joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Friday, talking about business since Curbside Service began, the menu, some great deals on Family Dinners, hours, and much more!

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    Water Main Break In Hastings

    Early Friday morning, a 10 inch water main ruptured under Pleasant Drive, between 4th Street and Featherstone Road. KDWA spoke with Public Works Superintendent Mark Peine about the break.

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    Peine also assured local residents that their water supplies should be fine.

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    Crews worked diligently and quickly to repair the break.

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    Search For Superintendent Narrows

    The search for a permanent Superintendent of ISD 200 continues, and an initial pool of 25 applicants has been whittled down to 6 finalists. School Board Chair Kelsey Waits explained the process.

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    Even with current restrictions in place for the COVID-19 outbreak, the School Board expects to complete the process and name a new Superintendent by July.

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    State Prepares for Unconventional Election

    It is possible that the COVID-19 outbreak will affect the General Election in November. MN Secretary of State Steve Simon and his staff are already addressing the issue.

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    Ballot by mail and extending absentee balloting are two options under consideration.

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    Mellick Announces Grant Program

    United Way of Hastings has initiated a Resource and Recovery Grant program for businesses in the Hastings area impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Executive Director Mari Mellick provided the details on applying for a grant.

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    UWH also seeks donations to the fund.

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    Mar. 31 HPC Meeting Preview

    The Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission will conduct a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 31st, by telephone, or other electronic means. Agenda items include a design standards review for a new home in the 400 block of 5th Street W, and Certificate of Approval reviews for buildings in the 300 block of 7th Street W, and the 100 and 200 blocks of 2nd Street E. The Commission will also consider the postponement of the Preservation Awards Ceremony. The meeting will be televised on Hastings Community Television, at HastingsTV.org. Although no public hearings will be conducted at the meeting, the public may provide comments prior to the meeting via email at PublicComment@HastingsMN.gov or by telephone, at 651-480-2355.   

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    Parks And Rec. Dir. Bernstein Passes

    Former and longtime Hastings Park and Rec Director Barry Bernstein passed away unexpectedly on March 21st. Bernstein, 54, who lived in Minneapolis, is said to be a man of humor, friendship, advice, and was coach for the SW Mpls sports community. He was an amazing husband, father, brother, and friend. He grew up in SLP, went on to Winona State where

    he played football and then Metro State for his Masters. Barry was a Dir. of Parks/Rec lastly for the City of Apple Valley. Barry is survived by Sherri, his wife of 28 yrs; children, Raina and Ayden. In response to COVID-19, funeral will be private; celebration of life to follow at a later date. If you would like to share your condolences or a story, please go to Facebook and post on Barry's page. Memorials preferred to Bet Shalom Congregation, 13613 Orchard Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305.

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    (Photo: Barry Bernstein. Source: Facebook)

    SBA Offers Recovery Loans

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses that are suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to an SBA press release, eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses, and the interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process at 1-800-659-2955.   

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    Army Seeks Retirees

    The U.S. Army is reaching out to gauge the interest of retired officers, non-commissioned officers and Soldiers who would be willing to assist with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic response effort should their skills and expertise be required. According to the Defense Finance and Accounting Services, soldiers from the medical field are being asked to consider coming out retirement to help battle the COVID-19 outbreak. The call-out directs interested retirees to contact Human Resources Command, Reserve Personnel Management Directorate at Fort Knox, Kentucky, or call 502-613-4911, providing contact info and MOS.

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    Eagan Sailor Recognized

    Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Nielsen, a native of Eagan, has been named "Sailor in the Spotlight" while serving at Commander, Surface Division Eleven (COMSURFACEDIV 11) in San Diego. Nielsen is a Navy electronics technician (ET), who is responsible for being the littoral combat ship (LCS) maintenance project manager. "Sailor in the Spotlight" shows recognition to those sailors that are continuously working hard and staying motivated during everyday tasks. "LCS gives me a chance to work outside of my comfort zone and expand my knowledge and capabilities beyond what would be available in the rest of the fleet," Nielsen said, adding, "it's hard work, but it's good work." According to Nielsen, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Eagan, stating that Midwesterners place a very high value on hard work and dedication.

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    (Photo: ET-1 Nielsen. Courtesy USN)

    Business Change Updates

    Today's listing of changes to local business due to the COVID-19 outbreak include a new method of outreach and online worship for Joy Lutheran Church in Prescott, a statement of continued operation from Spiral Natural Foods in Hastings, and UWH has initiated a Response and Recovery Fund. Also, Hastings Dental has suspended all non-emergency appointments. Stay up to date with these and other closures and changes at KDWA.com/Corona-Virus-Update.

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    Ruben Custom Sawmill Keeping Busy

    Did you know that Hastings and the surrounding areas have their own family-owned and operated custom sawmill right in their own backyard? Matt Ruben, Owner and Operator of Ruben Custom Sawmilling joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner for a fun In-Depth Interview on Thursday, to talk about their family business, how it came to be, their products, species of trees used for projects, and much, much more on the subject of wood, and the sawmill itself!

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    Prescott Superintendent On Safer At Home

    With the Safer At Home Order in place for those in Wisconsin, Superintendent of Prescott Schools, Dr. Rick Spicuzza explained why the restrictions are necessary, especially for the school district.

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    Hear his complete interview, only on KDWA.

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    Governor Walz Issues Shelter In Place Order

    On Wednesday, MN Governor Tim Walz issued a shelter in place order for MN.

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    Compete details can be found by visiting the State of Minnesota website.

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    Local Farmer Offers Eggs

    In the midst of supplies being short in the KDWA listening area, local farmer Charlie Swanson has the following announcement.

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    Local Pastor Encourages Families

    One particular aspect of the current COVID-19 outbreak is the effect that public commentary may have on children. Pastor Paris Pasch provided a reminder, and encouragement for parents.

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    Hear more of Pastor Pasch, on Community In Depth, only on KDWA.

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    YMCA Adapting

    The fitness business is taking a particularly hard hit during the current COVID-19 outbreak. KDWA's Nick Tuckner talked with YMCA of Hastings' Executive Director Derrick Jaeger.

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    Tuck Visits With Duff Meats 2

    KDWA's Nick Tuckner checked in with the fine folks at Duff Meats 2 to see how the outbreak was affecting the butcher business.

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    Efforts To Support Local Business Started

    In continuing efforts to support local businesses, the Hastings City Council, HEDRA, and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, among others, have begun meeting together to brainstorm ways to help businesses stay solvent. Chamber President Kristy Barse provided an update of their efforts to date.

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    Questions may be directed to representative of the Council, HEDRA, and the Chamber.

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    City Council To Hold Special Session

    The Hastings City Council will hold a virtual Special Meeting tonight at 7 PM, to consider the following agenda. Postponements of public hearings for special assessments of the 2020 Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Plan, and Municipal Consent of the final layout of the Highway 316 Project. The Council will also deliberate Cancellation of all City-sponsored activities. Under the heading of Administration, the Council will consider an emergency ordinance to authorize the waiver of late fees for utility bills, approval of personnel policies impacted by COVID-19, and update city procedures, services and plans for conducting City Council meetings and public hearings. The meeting will be available to view at the link providedhere.

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    Pierce County Building Closes to Public

    In response to Wisconsin Governor Evers most recent order of "Safer At Home", Pierce County Offices will be closed to the public with the exception of those necessary services, effective Wednesday, March 25th at 8AM. Pierce County is committed to providing those necessary services to its citizens, even during these times of uncertainty. Citizens are encouraged to conduct services that they can by phone and email but the County will provide in person services for those in need. For those needing in person services, you are encouraged to contact the necessary department to schedule an appointment.

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    Sheridan Story Supplies Lunch For The "Y"

    The Sheridan Story and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities are partnering to provide free, nourishing food to families in the community to ensure youth have food during this unprecedented pandemic. According to a YMCA press release, over 10,000 food bags containing nearly 40,000 meals are being provided by The Sheridan Story and are available at 26 YMCA locations in the Twin Cities, Hudson and Rochester, including the Y in Hastings. Beginning March 25, families can stop by the front doors at designated Y sites and pick up a free bag of food. YMCA membership is not required. Supplies are limited. Please practice social distancing when picking up food. Meals are available 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

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    Business Change Updates

    Here is a list of some businesses still offering services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Auto Doctor Car Care Center, at 1370 S. Frontage Rd. 651-437-9699 and online at AutoDoctorMN.com, Blessings Academy of Arts and Music, offering piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, beginner saxophone, violin, viola, cello, bass. Contact them at HastingsArtsCenter.org, and Meloy Park Florist is open, although with reduced hours on some days. Call 651-437-3184 for delivery or pick-up of flowers, plants and gift items. Local Farmer Charlie Swanson is offering eggs at $3 per dozen. Call 651-436-5451. The Hastings Y and Sheridan Story are supplying lunch for families, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, M-F, Pierce County Offices are closed to the public, and the Hastings City Council will hold a special meeting tonight regarding Pandemic Response. Stay up to date with these and other closures and changes at KDWA.com/Corona-Virus-Update.

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    WI Issues Safer At Home Order

    On Tuesday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home Order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions, as clarified and defined in the order. According to a press release from the Governor's office, the Order is in effect from 8 AM, Wednesday, March 25th until 8 AM, Friday, April 24th, or until a superseding order is issued. The press release states that individuals do not need permission to leave their homes, but must comply with the order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an essential business or operation as defined by the order, it does not need certification or documentation to continue work done in compliance with the order. The order contains detailed information regarding exemptions provided to certain businesses. If a business is unsure whether they are exempted from the order, they are urged to contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at the link provided at KDWA.com/News.

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    UWH Announces Recovery Fund

    The United Way of Hastings (UWH) has established the UWH Response & Recovery Fund to meet the immediate needs and recovery in the Hastings area in response to the COVID-19 virus. While many valuable organizations are already meeting needs and may have fundraising initiatives in place, UWH will work alongside organizations and look to meet gaps in the needs throughout the community. The UWH Response & Recovery Fund will provide funds for unmet needs that may be food, shelter, clothes, water, prescriptions, daycare, and other needs not covered by government programs and other traditional relief sources. 100% of gifts to the UWH Response & Recovery Fund will go to help local community members and the Hastings community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. To give, visit UnitedWayOfHastings.org/ResponseFund.

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    Buses Bring Lunch

    The Hastings Bus Company is assisting with daycare routes and lunch delivery for ISD 200 students. Terry Johnson of Minnesota Coaches explains.

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    More information can be found by visiting the ISD 200 website.

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    Businesses Supporting Businesses Launches

    River City Stitch in Prescott is initiating an effort to help businesses raise some money and stay positive during this time, called "Businesses Supporting Businesses". Kim French, owner of River City Stitch explains.

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    The website is RiverCityStitch.com.

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    Rep. Craig Urges IDEA Funding

    On Monday, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig, Pete Stauber and Jared Huffman, sent a letter to House leadership urging the inclusion of additional funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As school districts adapt to closures due to the Coronavirus, the Members advocated for additional funds to continue meeting special education requirements while distance learning, as the House considers additional funding in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. According to a press release from Craig's office, across the country, schools are closing and distance learning is being implemented. The members were joined by more than 25 colleagues to ensure every student, including those who receive special education, continue to get high quality education. To do this, schools need additional IDEA funding to support all of their students.   

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    Sen. Bigham Provides Update

    State Senator Karla Bigham has announced updates from the Capitol regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

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    Senator Bigham gives regular updates by email, and on her Facebook page.

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    Dak. Co. Launches COVID-19 Hotline

    Dakota County has announced the launch of a COVID-19 public health hotline on Tuesday to answer questions residents have about Coronavirus. The public health hotline supports the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotlines that are receiving hundreds of calls a day. Dakota County's COVID-19 hotline number is 952-891-7834. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 hotlines will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For school and child care questions, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, and for health questions, call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. And remember to visit the COVID-19 Page of DakotaCounty.us for other information.

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    MN Extends Tax Filing Deadline

    In line with the state's continued peacetime emergency response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced that taxpayers filing their annual Minnesota Individual Income Tax return for tax year 2019 now have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file and make their payments without any penalties or interest. This includes estimated tax payments for individual income taxes due for the 2019 tax year. This grace period does not include estimated tax payments for individual income taxes due April 15, 2020, for the 2020 tax year. The Department of Revenue is analyzing how other tax types may be impacted by this announcement. Up-to-date information will be available on the Department of Revenue's COVID-19 website, including how to request abatements for penalty and interest for other taxes.   

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    Darts Altered Schedule Begins

    DARTS has started its adjusted ridership restrictions to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. According to Transportation Program Manager Janet Hix, until further notice, DARTS LOOP bus capacity is one rider per trip. Instead of scheduled stops, riders must call to schedule a pickup. Drivers will take the rider directly to their destination and set a return time. Call DARTS at 651-455-1560 for more information or to schedule a ride. Dispatchers are available 7:30am-4:00pm.

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    Updated List of Business Interruptions

    Here is your daily updated list of closure and business operation changes due to Coronavirus in the KDWA listening area. The Afton Museum has suspended operations, the State of Wisconsin has issued a Safer-At-Home order, income tax return filing deadlines for Federal and State taxes in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been extended to July 15th, and Dakota County has opened a COVID-19 hotline. Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has delayed the opening of all visitor centers, beaches and project offices to the public. Stay up to date at KDWA.com/Corona-Virus-Update.

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    Duffs Meats 2 Steady During Outbreak

    KDWA's Nick Tuckner caught up with Family Butcher Collin Doffing from Duffs Meats 2, on Vermillion Street, in Hastings, to talk about the steady business Duffs is getting through the Coronavirus outbreak, more on the supply chain, and a small list of the tasty morsels that Duffs Meats 2 offers on a daily basis. You can always reach Duffs Meats 2 at 651-437-9500. (Photo Courtesy of Duffs Meats 2 Website)

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    Businesses Adapt To COVID-19

    The COVID-19 outbreak has made adapations to regular business a necessity. Doug Erickson, of Hastings Ford explains what has occurred in his dealership.

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    Most area businesses will have current information on their operations on their websites and social media outlets.

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    Rosemount Closes City Hall

    The City of Rosemount has shuttered City Hall as the COVID-19 outbreak is active in the area. According to City Administrator Logan Martin, the door to city hall is locked, and there will be a rotating, sparsely-populated skeleton crew operating behind the door of city hall to respect social distancing but to still make sure they are able to provide service. Permit applications and utility bill payments are still being accepted, but Martin said they encourage residents to do them online. Otherwise city employees are working from home, but the Rosemount police and fire departments are still active. Updates are posted on the City Website.

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    Hastings COVID-19 Update

    KDWA has received an update on the COVID-19 outbreak as it applies to the City of Hastings. City Administrator Dan Wietecha made the following statement.

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    He also urged continued adherence to established protocols.

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    Stay tuned to KDWA for updates on the COVID-19 outbreak.

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    Hastings Forms Community Group

    A community partnership group has formed online to assist with matching needs with willing volunteers. According to City Administrator Dan Wietecha, this page is designed to allow businesses to advertise what modified services they are offering, offer relevant business updates, organizations post their needs and their available resources, and citizens post needs and/or willingness to help each other in the Hastings area. Join that page at the link provided here.

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    Hastings Starts Pandemic Response

    At its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 16, the Hastings City Council adopted the updated Pandemic Response Plan as well as the Declaration of Public Health Emergency. These actions quickly set in motion the City's Pandemic Response. Most noticeably, all City buildings were closed to public visitors until further notice. This was done specifically to protect residents and staff. Similarly, building rentals, commission meetings, Parks & Recreation activities, and other events have been canceled for the foreseeable future. According to City Administrator Dan Wietecha, the Emergency Declaration is a legal requirement in order to set the up later to request financial assistance from state and federal agencies, if such funding becomes available. The City Council also decided to suspend water shutoffs for unpaid bills during the COVID-19 response.   

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    WI Extends Tax Deadline

    Both federal and Wisconsin income tax payment and return due dates are automatically extended to July 15, 2020. Wisconsin law will automatically extend time and waive interest and penalties for taxpayers due to a presidentially-declared disaster. According to a WI DOR press release, tax filers do not have to file any extension forms to be eligible for this new due date, and there is no limit on the amount of payment to be postponed, and there are no income exclusions. This applies to individuals, trusts, estates, partnerships, associations, companies or corporations, and this relief is solely for income tax payments. Estimated income tax payments and returns are still due on April 15, 2020. The DOR also stated there will be no interest or penalty for the period of April 15 to July 15, but interest, penalties, and underpayment interest for failure to make quarterly estimated tax payments with respect to such postponed federal income tax filings and payments will begin to accrue on July 16, 2020. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin, visit Wisconsin.gov/COVID19.

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    Allina Accepts Donations

    Due to an outpouring of community support and desire to make donations of needed protective equipment, Allina Health is standing up collection sites at many of its facilities to receive donations. Health care organizations, including Allina Health, are in need of additional masks to help meet ongoing health care needs and to help conserve existing personal protective equipment (PPE) for providers engaged in the coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Additionally, Allina Health welcomes notes of gratitude and encouragement that they will share in a safe manner with caregivers. Masks can be safely donated daily through April 5, from 9 AM until 1 PM. Donations sites are at most Allina Health hospitals, including Regina Hospital, 1175 Nininger Road, Hastings. When you come to donate masks, remain in your car. A staff member will come to you to accept your donation. Details on specific locations at each facility will be available on AllinaHealth.org.

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    County Map For Student Lunches

    A new real-time online map can help families obtain free lunches for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The free student meals map is a collaboration of Dakota County, and cities and school districts that allows restaurants and other food providers to include themselves as resources on the map. Many children rely on school to provide breakfast and lunch during the day. Following the closure of schools due to COVID-19, Dakota County school districts and restaurants have offered to give free lunches to students in need. Users are encouraged to check the map regularly for updates and additional resources. The map can be viewed by going to DakotaCounty.us, and searching school updates.   

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    Updated List of Business Interruptions

    In a continuing effort to provide the most accurate information, here are more businesses that have experienced closures, or reduction of provided services. Hastings Family Service has closed the office and Rivertown Treasures, but assistance can still be obtained by logging on to HastingsFamilyService.org. The United Way of Hastings office is closed, but services are available through UnitedWayOfHastings.org. Hastings and Rosemount City Halls are closed to the public, as is the Prescott Police Department lobby.

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    Jaeger Provides YMCA Update

    The YMCA in Hastings is going through some changes themselves, as they forage through the Coronavirus situation, with the rest of the community, and YMCA Executive Director Derrick Jaeger joined KDWA's Nick Tuckner on Monday, to talk about the changes, which include child care for employees of essential businesspeople. Jaeger also lauds the YMCA staff for being flexible during these tough times.

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    Perkins Changing Hours To 8am-8pm

    Perkins Family Restaurant in Midtown Hastings will have a change in hours until further notice, as they will be open from 8am until 8pm, and will still feature Curbside To Go pickup, and also Doordash delivery services. Hastings Perkins Manager Becca Caneff joined KDWA Radio on Monday, to talk about their new hours, the menu, and ways to order!

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    Wash. Co. Deputy Not Guilty

    Washington County Deputy Brian Krook has been found not guilty of charges of manslaughter, stemming from the officer-involved shooting of 23-year-old Benjamin Evans in Lake Elmo in 2018. According to reports, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, whose prosecutors handled the case because of a conflict of interest in Washington County, said in a statement he accepts the jury's verdict and appreciates the time they took to hear the case. Sheriff Dan Starry said he hopes that his deputies and the Evans family can heal, adding that he is proud of the men and women of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and have no doubt they will continue to serve and protect the citizens in Washington County with the utmost respect.

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    LOOP Bus Changes

    In light of increasing concerns regarding COVID-19, DARTS Loop Bus is modifying services effective immediately. According to Program Manager Jan Hix, to protect passengers and drivers, buses are only allowing one passenger on at a time. Riders will be taken directly to their destination, and the driver will set a return time. DARTS is asking all individuals to call 651-455-1560 to schedule their trip, however, for the coming week, DARTS will stop at all the set residential stops. Hix also stated that because this week's ridership was lower than usual, and in an effort to reach more individuals, DARTS will open up the geographic boundaries of the set routes to include more of the communities in the DARTS service area. Dispatch will be available from 7:30 am until 4 pm Monday-Friday for scheduling rides, and Hastings & Cottage Grove service will be available on Tuesdays. For more information, visit DARTS1.org.

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    Prescott To Utilize Drive Up Balloting

    The City of Prescott will be going to a drive-through option for absentee balloting, starting on Saturday, March 28th. City Administrator Jayne Brand explains.

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    For questions call City Hall at 715-262-5544.

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    Wisconsin Parishes Suspend Public Mass

    In a letter to all priests dated 16 March, Wisconsin Bishop Callahan has suspended the public celebration of Mass of Catholic churches in his Diocese indefinitely. According to information obtained from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prescott, he has said that funerals and weddings could proceed but with a limited number of people. Given the recent recommendations of the CDC, that would mean no more than ten people. Other dioceses have limited funerals to committal services only. With only ten people in attendance for the next 15 days that probably means just a burial service. Bishop Callahan hopes that he can remove these restrictions sooner than May 1st, but that is yet to be determined.   

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    Prescott Council To Teleconference Meeting

    The Prescott City Council meetings are being adapted to a teleconference format due to the Coronavirus outbreak. City Administrator Jayne Brand explains.

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       She also provided the information to join the meeting

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    Pierce Co. Declares State Of Emergency

    On March 19th, Pierce County Board Chairman Jeff Holst, and Administrative Coordinator Jason Matthys, signed a proclamation declaring the existence of a county emergency due to COVID-19. According to a press release, this proclamation is not being enacted because of an increase of or any newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pierce County. The declaration will enable the county to take whatever actions that are necessary and expedient for the health, safety, protection, and welfare of persons and property within Pierce County. Pierce County will be making changes in its Board Rules to allow for the Pierce County Board of Supervisors to attend county meetings remotely throughout this emergency. Ratification of this proclamation will be requested by the County Board of Supervisors at their next meeting. Pierce County's decision is in concert with recent decisions of the U.S. President and the Wisconsin Governor declaring a public health emergency. Should the emergency status of Pierce County elevate in the coming days/weeks/months, with this authority in place, the county will be better prepared to more quickly enact whatever means necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in the best interest of the County, staff and the community. County officials ask that citizens not construe this action as a reason for concern but rather viewed as a tool the municipality has to effectively respond to public health and other significant emergencies.

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