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Editor's note: This story was published Jan. 2017.
Hastings Reads is about to get started for 2017. Hastings Reads is a community-wide reading program that seeks to encourage reading and discussion of books and the ways in which they can help us understand the lives and experiences of ourselves and others. This year's theme is "The Japanese-American Experience."
Last week, we wrote about a new option for dog owners in this city that allows for a lifetime dog license, eliminating the need for dog owners to renew their license every two years. We've seen some feedback from our readers, and it sounds like there are plenty of dog owners who didn't even know they needed a license, as well as a few who don't think they really need to have one.
Jacob Brown is the Rotary Student of the Month for January. Here is what nominating teacher Paul Olson had to say about Brown:
The United Way of Hastings (UWH) recently welcomed Stoddard Crane, Ben Estby and Lynn Johnson to the Board of Directors.
Look out for mailbox thefts To the editor, After 30 years of delivering mail in this town and doing my best to keep it safe and secured, I had mail stolen from my curbside mailbox last week. We were lucky; someone out for a walk found our torn up letters with the contents missing in the street three blocks away. They were kind enough to return what was found and we began the process to cancel all checks involved.
The Dakota County Government Center and Hastings High School were on lockdown Thursday morning, Jan. 12 after a man allegedly claimed to have a gun. According to a Dakota Counta Sheriff's Office news release, a deputy heard an individual yelling about having a gun in the parking lot of the Judicial Center at about 8:35 a.m. Several witnesses also reported hearing a man yelling in the parking lot.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently published development rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA), an important milestone toward protecting the river’s 72-mile stretch through the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Temporary emergency shelter for neighbors experiencing homelessness is currently available at Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan. Neighbors must be a Dakota County resident and cannot have an open case for public assistance in another county. This shelter is for single adults only. For information, contact the Dakota County Housing Crisis Line at 651-554-5751. After business hours, call the Dakota County Crisis Line at 952-891-7171. Those in need of emergency shelter who also have children should call the Housing Crisis Line.
When we voted in the 2016 general election, we became winners. We have a continued faith in our republic form of government. Through 200-plus years, we have learned about our candidates by mouth, newsprint, radio, TV, computers and social media. We know that those elected would prefer that they become invisible, and not hounded by the media.