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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.
Many of the incumbent office holders have already announced they are seeking re-election this year. Now, they can put their pens to the papers - actually Affidavits of Candidacy - starting Tuesday, May 18, and continuing to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. This year's filing period is more than a month earlier than usual due to changes in the state's election law. The changes include moving the state's primary election to Tuesday, Aug. 10. City of Hastings The seat for mayor and two at-large City Council positions will be on the ballot.
The documents are due this week. The three teams selected to submit bid documents for the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings - Flatiron/Kiewit, Lunda/ Ames and PCL/Edward Kraemer and Sons - will submit their paper work to the Minnesota Department of Transportation by May 17. Within several weeks, the contractor for the new bridge across the Mississippi River will be selected. The bridge design will also be selected. MnDOT project manager Steve Kordosky said the requests for proposal for the best value bids are in the hands of the three contractors eligible to submit bids for the project.
Tami Woodley Anderson was planning to attend a benefit planned specifically for her Saturday, May 15. She will not be able to attend. That's OK, though. The former long-time Hastings resident received a special gift Monday afternoon - a new heart at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She had been on the heart transplant waiting list since the fall of 2008. Woodley Anderson lived in Hastings most of her life. She is a 1985 graduate of Hastings High School. Her husband, Kevin, is the son of Hastings residents Gordon and Dolores Anderson.
The Hastings Ministerial Association is a group of Hastings ministers who come together for theological discussion and prayer. Now they are reaching out to the community to join them in prayer on the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 6. The National Day of Prayer is a day designated by the U.S. Congress when people are asked to turn to God in prayer and meditation. The law formalizing its observance was enacted in 1952.
Monday's fatal crash just north of the Highway 61 bridge raised ongoing questions about the speed and length of the J-type concrete median along that portion of the highway. The crash occurred in the area where there is no concrete median and the speed limit is 40 miles per hour. At the top of the hill, the speed limit is 60 miles per hour.