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The Mississippi River at Hastings is expected to reach flood stage Friday, March 19, and continue rising through the middle of next week. In its latest flood warning update, as of March 16, the National Weather Service in Chanhassen is forecasting the river will reach flood stage of 15 feet by Friday. As of 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 16, the river was at 12.6 feet, an increase of more than two feet since Monday morning. If the river reaches flood stage, the First Street railroad underpass begins to flood. That's it.
The trend is a downward one. According to the annual report released this week by the Dakota County Assessing Services, the majority of property market values in Dakota County showed a decrease this year. The information was presented this week to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. It showed that most residential properties values have decreased between 7 percent and 8 percent for 2010. Apartments are experiencing an aggregate reduction of 7 percent, while commercial properties have decreased 6 percent. Estimated values for agricultural land decreased 25 percent.
It's new and combines boating and fishing on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, and all area seniors and kids are invited to participate. Plus, the Hastings Area Rotary Club has bought a pontoon boat for use in the new venture. A Hastings Let's Go Fishing! chapter is about to be organized, with the Rotary Club involved in getting it started. An informational meeting for all interested will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the second floor event room at Premier Bank, 909 Vermillion St. Lunch will be catered by the Green Mill Restaurant. Price is $3 if reserved by April 1.
The Sts. Barbara /John Catholic Aid Society, with the support of the tri-parishes of St. John the Baptist Catholic, Vermillion; St. Mathias Catholic, Hampton; and St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Trier; are sponsoring a special presentation of a play, with the proceeds benefiting their Catholic education and Little League baseball. The comedy production, "Til Death Do Us Part - Late Night Catechism 3," will be presented by Entertainment Events Inc. at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Hastings Middle School.
She was a victim of human trafficking when she was tricked into coming to the United States from Nigeria and then forced into slavery in Minnesota. Bukola Oriola, now an award-winning journalist, will talk about her experiences when the United Methodist Church women's group, Mugs and Muffins, hosts her talk at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the church, 615 W. 15th St. Bukola has been an award-winning journalist for 10 years. She covered the education beat for six years in Nigeria before coming to the United States.
Bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the community, and share in the growing of the kingdom with more people in Hastings. That is the mission of Community of Hope in Hastings as it holds a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive. (Enter from the student parking lot.) Ryan Kowlessar is the outreach coordinator. Community of Hope in Rosemount has been preaching God's word and has been an evangelical presence for eight years.
Proceeding on schedule. That's the word about the planning and the work being done in anticipation of the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings. Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager Steve Kordosky said the scoping, environmental impact documents, and right-of-way work has been completed, and the request for proposal for the best-value bids are in the hands of the three contractors eligible to submit bids for the project.
This year's Hastings Tastings was the most successful in the 15-year history of the event. A total of 20 restaurants participated, 424 guests (up from 275 in 2009) enjoyed the food, and the event raised $18,766 (up from $11,509 last year).
The 8.5-mile Highway 61 concrete overlay (resurfacing/rehabilitation) project in Denmark Township (north of Hastings to 70th Summit Street in St. Paul Park) will be the topic of an open house from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The new sheriff will soon have a top deputy. On Monday, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows announced he has appointed Tim Leslie as the new chief deputy sheriff in the Dakota County Sheriff's office. Under state law, the sheriff can appoint a new top deputy (when the position is vacant) and it does not have to be someone from within the department. The same process was followed 10 years ago when former Sheriff Don Gudmundson selected a top deputy after the retirement of Rich Thul.