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A portion of Dakota County Road 46/47 will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 2, as utilities are replaced and new asphalt is placed on the road. The road will be closed for five days - through Friday, Aug. 6. The affected area is from Highway 61 (Vermillion Street) west to the Vermillion River bridge (just before the county highway shop). It is a distance of about 3/4 mile. According to Ross Beckwith, construction engineer for Dakota County, the project is being coordinated with the City of Hastings and the county. The utilities need to be replaced and the road surface needs improving.
There had been rain and wind earlier, but Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt does not know if that caused a tree branch in the yard of Nate Appert on West Fourth Street to fall against the electrical box on the house Thursday morning. The result short circuit caused multiple fire origins in the Appert basement. The resulting fire in the 1.5 story house did an estimated $50,000 damage. Family members who were sleeping when the fire started after 6 a.m. woke up to the sound of smoke alarms and were able to evacuate the house.
The youth charged in connection with the April 5 Hastings Middle School lockdown incident has pleaded guilty to three felony counts of assault in the second degree. He appeared in Dakota County Juvenile Court Monday, July 26, before Judge Richard Spicer. Spicer ruled the youth as delinquent, stayed an adult prison sentence of 108 months, and placed the youth in a long-term program at the Juvenile Detention Center.
The journey to remember the more than 13,000 people buried in state institutions' cemeteries in Minnesota continues, but at the former Hastings State Hospital cemetery, the end of the journey nears. Many living in the area are still not aware of what is there -- 901 people buried in what had been unmarked graves. Many have no family members still alive. It was a different time in the state's history. Since 1994, Remembering With Dignity has been marking graves in institution cemeteries like the one in Hastings.
Hastings has no primary races, but there is still reason for Hastings voters to cast their ballots at the Aug. 10 primary. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Paul Hicks and at-large city council members Barb Hollenbeck and Mike Slavik are virtually guaranteed re-election because they have no challengers. There is a race for one of the one of the 1st District judges' position, currently held by Timothy Blakely. Stephen Baker and Larry Clark are challenging him. And, of course, there is the Minnesota governor's race.
Every year, Marty Ellsworth has looked for the Edina Realty Rivertown Days medallion. He was close to finding it several years. This year, he was determined to find the medallion. This was going to be his year. And it was. On the third day (Wednesday, July 14) Ellsworth and his brother Mitch, their children and a cousin found the medallion by the Adopt-A-Park sign in Crestview Park, off West Fourth Street.
The case involving the youth in the April 5 Hastings Middle School lockdown incident has been continued to at least Monday, July 26 in Dakota County Juvenile Court. It had been scheduled for earlier this week. In June, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom dismissed his office's request to certify the 14-year-old youth as an adult.
She lived it and now she is writing about the World War II years. Hastings resident Yvonne Cecchini's latest book, "The Seabee and His Sidekick ... A Tale of World War II," is dedicated to her uncle Ed Nesbitt who was a Seabee. He was also the major male role model for Cecchini after her father died when she was a child. Most of the book is written from a child's viewpoint. Cecchini lived with her mother in Washington, D.C., during World War II.
After voters in Hastings Independent School District 200 last fall approved the $19 million for projects on school district buildings, a time of two years was implemented. Now, some of the projects are underway on the building, According to Superintendent Tim Collins. The planning committee for the addition of classrooms at the Hastings Middle School is expected to be brought to the School Board for its consideration and final approval before the end of summer.
The Edina Realty Rivertown Days medallion has been found. Marty Ellsworth found the medallion at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Crestview Park (off West Fourth Street). He did have a Rivertown Days button, so he wins $500.