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A former Rice County inmate, now incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, has been charged with conspiracy to murder Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Dakota County District Judge Rex Stacey. The Rice County Attorney's office on Wednesday charged John Stephen Woodward, 47, with two counts of conspiracy to commit premeditated first degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault - great bodily harm. According to the complaint, investigators learned that Woodward hired and agreed to pay money to another inmate to murder Backstro
Incoming middle school students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School were encouraged to read during the summer months. There would be a special project to complete when they returned. The projects have been completed, and displayed in the school halls for students and staff to view.
When Bethanie Schatz, Doctor of Chiropractic, came to Hastings to begin her business, Power Within Chiropractic, four and one-half years ago, she had hoped to see growth and expanded services. Mission accomplished. About two months ago, Schatz, moved her offices to a larger location (still within the Westview Center), about two doors from her previous location.
The journey to remember has almost been completed at the former Hastings State Hospital cemetery in Hastings. More than 700 graves, with markers, have been dedicated. The remaining 146 markers will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.
An activated Amber Alert led Hastings Police Thursday, Sept. 16, to a suspect's vehicle in the Hastings Wal-Mart, and the subsequent arrest of Rocco Diberardino, 45, Hudson, Wis., wanted for questioning in determining the location of his two minor children. On Monday, Sept. 20, Hastings Police charged Diberardino with being a fugitive from justice from Wisconsin. He has since been transferred to the St. Croix County Jail, where he remains on $100,000 bond. The children were found safe later that day in a Stillwater hotel. According to another criminal complaint filed in St.
A second individual, Daniel Floyd Seifert, 49, Cannon Falls, has been charged in connection with the theft of copper from an irrigation unit in Castle Rock Township. He has been charged with one count of criminal damage to property in the first degree (aid and abet) and one count of theft (aid and abet). Mathew Steven Kimmes, 19, was charged earlier in the week with the same charges. According to complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, deputies were called Sept.8 to a wooded area in Randolph on the reported black smoke.
Competing in two events Sept. 11-12 at Rosemount and Eastview (Apple Valley) high schools' marching festivals, the Hastings Raiders Marching Band was awarded third place at both shows. Plus, The percussion ("Pit and Battery") won "Outstanding Percussion" at both shows. Jenna Moon won "Outstanding Soloist" at the Eastview show. This weekend the marching band travels to Marshall for its next competition. It will also compete at Irondale, Champlin, Chippewa Falls and state finals at the Metrodome.
Eating healthy is the goal. More than a year ago, Dakota County schools began a "Smart Choices" initiative (through Dakota County Public Health), designed to support the health of students and staff by creating an environment that encourages healthy food choices. Hastings Independent School District 200 is one of the seven school districts in the county participating in the program. As part of this effort, the first Farm to School week is being observed next week, Sept. 20 to 24.
When Kari Haege of Hastings went to Liberia in April as part of the adoption process for two children, she did not expect to be impacted as much as she was. The trip has changed her life. In Liberia she saw firsthand what poverty does to a country. For many there, rice is the one and only food. There is no electricity and no running water. Haege wanted to do something to help, and she is. As part of the Orphan Grain Project initiated in Liberia, Haege and some of her family members, church family and friends are holding a benefit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
Interested in learning how to shoot a gun, store evidence, and investigate a case? The Hastings Police Department is accepting applications for its second (the first was held two years ago and 14 people participated) Citizens Police Academy. "We regard the Citizens Police Academy as a tremendous opportunity to provide interested residents a chance to learn more about law enforcement generally and meet many of the experienced and knowledgeable officers who make up the Hastings Police Department," said Hastings Police Lt. Jim Rgnonti, who oversees the patrol division.