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When the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced June 4 that the team of Lunda/Ames would be the apparent contractor for the new Highway 61 bridge, Mn/Dot officials were somewhat surprised by the low bid. So were many others. Still the cost savings are in line with what Man/DOT is seeing for other projects this year. "From what I've been told, the cost savings we're seeing on the Hastings bridge project are pretty much in line with what we are seeing on other large projects," said Mn/DOT public affairs coordinators J.P. Gillach.
After almost a year of attorneys' arguments and motions regarding a confession he made, Tyler James Hokanson, 23, will finally have his day in court. He is charged with murder in the second degree (unintentional) in connection with the June 19, 2009 death of his stepson, Nicholas Arthur Miller. A jury trial for Hokanson, who has been lodged in the Dakota County Jail since his arrested last year, has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov.
Longtime Hastings friends Trish Davison and Sheri Griffith love clothes. Come into their new consignment shop at 110 E. Second St., and they enthusiastically describe many of the women's and girls' clothing, accessories, candles and other items already on display. More new items, such as sandals and purses, are coming within the next weeks. Davison and Griffith owned and managed a Sister Friends in Red Wing for two years before deciding this spring to move it to Hastings where both have lived for years. "We love it here," Griffith said. She is originally from St.
Dan Hansen has been working on cars and trucks ever since he graduated from high school in 1985. For 12 years, he owned and managed Hansen's Auto Care in Cottage Grove. Now, he is in Hastings, in the Hastings Business Park - 671 E. 31st St., ready to provide all necessary services for his customers. Take Highway 61 (Vermillion Street) south to Highway 316, turn left. Turn left again on East 31st Street. Continue for about three blocks. "I've always enjoyed the diagnostic end of the business," he said.
It's official -- Paul Schnell becomes Hastings police chief as of Monday, June 28. On a unanimous vote Monday night, the Hastings City Council approved the recommendation of the Police Civil Service Commission and the Council's Public Safety Committee. Schnell, currently the public information officer for the St. Paul Police Department, will be paid about $89,200 a year.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) announced Friday afternoon that the team of Lunda/Ames is the apparent contractor for the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings. Its bid of about $120 million is about $100 million less than expected for the project, scheduled to begin later this year. A final contract for the project is expected to be finalized in three to five weeks, or right after July 4, according to project manager Steve Kordosky.
The financial documents of the three potential contractors for the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings - Flatiron/Kiewit, Lunda/Ames and PCL/Edward Kraemer and Sons - are expected to be submitted Friday, June 4, to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). The three potential contractors were chosen through a selection process last fall.
By early Tuesday afternoon, there were only between 200 and 300 Centerpoint Energy customers in Hastings were still without natural gas service.
It is rare, very rare, for an incumbent judge to face a challenger, let alone two. But this particular judge's seat in the 1st District, which covers Dakota, Goodhue LeSueur, McCloud, Scott and Sibley counties, and is currently held by Timothy Bakely, already has three candidates for the position (as of Tuesday). There will be a primary election in August. Blakely, who was publicly reprimanded by the Supreme Court last year for his conduct while serving on the bench, has filed for another term.
A former Hastings resident, who has served this country for more than 20 years, will be the Hastings Memorial Day speaker Monday, May 31. Col. Jeffrey McDougall of the United States Army has been deployed twice to Bosnia-Herzegovina and twice to Iraq. The Hastings community will honor those men and women who served the country and those who did not return in ceremonies planned at four Hastings locations. The Lyle Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1210 and Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47, and their auxiliaries, sponsor the Memorial Day programs. The observances begin at 9 a.m.