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Communications Coordinator for the City of Hastings Lee Stoffel was honored with an award for communication and marketing at the Leaders in Local Government Award Luncheon on Sept. 12.
Local author Diane Davies' "Life in the Neck: New Friends" was named a Gold Award Winner by the Mom's Choice Awards. "Life in the Neck: New Friends," which was released this past August, is the first in a series that follows the animals who live in the Neck, and is also Davies' first children's book. To be considered for the award, the book was sent to five evaluators with the MCA. From there, the evaluations were submitted to the MCA Executive Committee, which does the final review and approval.
As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the City of Hastings staff completed the chlorination and flushing processes to clean a section of the city's water system that reported E. coli bacteria Saturday, Sept. 22. The Minnesota Department of Health took various new samples around the affected area after chlorination process was complete. Results of the new tests can take 18 to 24 hours to complete, the city said in an update Monday. "It is unknown if the boil water advisory will be lifted at that time," the update said.
The City of Hastings detected E. coli bacteria in a portion of the city’s water system Saturday, issuing a boil water advisory for the areas affected. Until further notice, residents and businesses in the areas of the map below are advised to use boiled or bottled water for any drinking, food preparation, ice making and brushing teeth. The city expects the issue to be resolved in three to five days, according to a press release sent out by the City.
The Hastings Raiders Marching Band took first place at a competition in Rosemount Saturday, Sept. 15. In the second competition, its show, "Stagecoach," competed against five other high school bands. The marching band also took home the awards for "Outstanding Winds," "Outstanding Drumline" and "Outstanding Color Guard." Each was earned by getting the highest score in its class in the specific category. The next competition will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 in Marshall.
The Hastings Police Department received roughly a dozen calls over the weekend of thefts from vehicles. The cars were located in the areas of 31st Street West, Bohlken Drive and 23rd Street West. The thefts occurred between midnight and 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, according to Police Chief Bryan Schafer. "It looks like someone was going through the neighborhood, going through cars, rummaging through glove compartments and consoles," Schafer said. Schafer stated that items taken from the vehicles ranged from purses and iPads to spare change.
The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department has postponed the Wednesday, Sept. 19 Concert in the Park event due to weather concerns. The event, which will feature the horn tribute band, Hornucopia, will now be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park. Admission is free.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard was awarded with the "Farm Families of the Year" award from the University of Minnesota Extension. The award was presented to Nan Bailly, owner and winemaker, at the Dakota County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4. The award is given out to one farm in each county in Minnesota by the university every year. The program has been around for over 30 years.
Hope you don't get lost! Afton Apple Orchard has announced its 2018 corn maze theme — Bee Amazing. The maze will feature 24 stations of bee and honey-related trivia. "Bees are disappearing and we don't really know why." manager Sarah Parkos said. Afton wants to use this year's maze as an educational tool for their visitors. "People will learn about where our food comes from and the importance of how our crops are able to grow," Parkos said.
The LeDuc Historic Estate travelled back in time Sept. 8 and 9 for Civil War Weekend put on by the Dakota County Historical Society. Community members enjoyed a variety of events and hands-on activities from medical demonstrations to doll making and daily readings of the Gettysburg Address. Due to an increase of funds from sponsors, DCHS was able to add new features to the event such as food trucks and different pricing options for children, students and families.