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News Briefs ...April 27, 2006

City's Spring Cleanup Saturday

On Saturday, April 29, the city of Hastings will be putting on its seventh annual Spring Cleanup at the Public Works Garage, 1221 Progress Drive.

The cleanup provides an opportunity and place for citizens to rid themselves of unwanted or expended household items they cannot dispose of.

This year, the city is working with Dakota County to provide a drop off at the Spring Cleanup for hazardous waste material.

Most items that contain labels with the words: caution, warning, danger, or poison are acceptable. Examples of hazardous items that the cleanup will accept include: paint, motor oil, fertilizer, household cleaning products and fluorescent lights.

Hazardous items will be accepted at no charge, but the city will charge a small fee for other items depending on their size. The charges are needed to cover the cost to dispose of the items in proper places. Waste Management is planning to handle the non-hazardous items.

Some of the items received at last year's Spring Cleanup: 71 appliances, 600-plus feet of carpet, 110 electronics, 16 Chairs, four sofas, one table, 25 mattresses, 40 auto tires and 105 other misc. items.

Tootsie Roll weekend

The Hastings Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Tootsie Roll Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 28 to 30. Volunteers will give out free Tootsie Rolls and will accept contributions to help people with developmental disabilities in the Hastings area.

Police Reserve applications

The Hastings Police Department is accepting applications to become a member of its Police Reserve until Monday, May 1. Applicants should contact Steve Scharfe at 480-2300 for more information, or obtain an application at the police department between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Taylor joins HFS

Natasha Taylor has joined the staff of Hastings Family Service. She is a resident of the Hastings community and has experience working with families with unstable housing situations and families with limited work experience. She will be working with volunteer and emergency services.