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The Dakota County Board of Commissioners receives advice from a variety of volunteer committees. The board invites residents to join a citizen advisory committee and make a difference in local government. The following committees have openings: The Extension Committee, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, assists in approving programs, establishing the budget and evaluating staff to enhance Extension programs. The committee meets four times a year in Farmington.
The public can bring confidential paper such as tax documents, financial statements and medical records for free on-site shredding at nine upcoming events. Shredding is open to all Dakota County residents unless otherwise specified. Only shred what is necessary — documents with personal information such as Social Security numbers or account numbers. The shredding events will be: Saturday, April 21 • 10 a.m. to noon, Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington Saturday, April 28
The first fishing opener of the year is upon us, and the volunteers in the nonprofit conservation group Twin Cities Trout Unlimited are ready. On April 7, about 60 volunteers from all over the Twin Cities metro area worked together with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the City of Savage, to improve the Eagle Creek State Aquatic Management Area in Savage.
A Friday the 13th power outage impacted Hastings around 2:07 p.m. April 13, 2018. Around 1,145 customers were affected by the outage. According to Xcel Energy, nearly 900 customers had their power restored by 2:58 p.m. once crews started working on the equipment failure. Xcel Energy officials said the company is working to restore the power for the remaining customers affected, but there is currently no estimated restoration time. Xcel Energy Outage Map: https://www.outagemap-xcelenergy.com/
The Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter, pushing 12 barges en route to St. Paul, locked through Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings around 1:30 p.m. April 11, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. The Corps considers the first tow to arrive at Lock and Dam 2 as the unofficial start of the navigation season, because it means all of its locks are accessible to commercial and recreational vessels.
Hastings Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) is hosting free winter skills clinics for new and experienced softball players at the 8U/10U levels (birth years of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). New players are welcome, no experience is necessary and no equipment is needed. Clinics will be held on Fridays (6-7 p.m. and 7- 8 p.m.) January 19, February 16, March 2 and March 23 at Pinecrest Elementary gym.
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross asks blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
The Front Porch Players of Rosemount announces the opening of their spring play, "Murder Among Friends," a mystery comedy written by Bob Barry and directed by Keith Reed. The play will be performed at the Rosemount Steeple Center Theater, 14375 S. Robert Trail. Opening will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, and will run at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9 and 16, and Saturdays, March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Tickets are $14 each and are available at the door.
I would like to thank the voters of Senate District 54 for their support in last week's special election. Thank you for the honor of representing you at the Capitol.
Out of the 34 compliance checks conducted in 2017, 28 clerks or retailers — 83 percent — upheld the law and refused the sale of tobacco to Pierce County underage youth, according to the Pierce County Health Department. Two of these retailers, BP Amoco in Prescott and Dollar General in River Falls, were randomly selected to receive special recognition this year. The health department wishes to thank and congratulate all tobacco retailers that did not sell tobacco products to minors.