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News briefs: TLC of Hastings to celebrate 9th annual banquet

Kristan Hawkins will be the keynote speaker at the TLC of Hastings banquet Feb. 17. Submitted photo

TLC of Hastings to celebrate 9th annual banquet

The TLC of Hastings 9th annual banquet will be Feb. 17 at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Banquet Hall. The theme is "You are the Missing Piece." There will be two events this year: the luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. and the dinner program will begin at 5 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Kristan Hawkins, a Minnesota native and president of Students for Life of America. Hawkins became interested in the pro-life movement after volunteering at a pregnancy resource center while in high school. She began a students for life group and eventually started Students for Life of America. She has helped more than triple the number of pro-life groups in the United States.

There is no charge to attend the event, but registration is required. More information about the banquet can be found online at or call the center at 651-437-4200.

AARP tax assistance program

Community members will have the opportunity to get help filling out and electronically filing basic state and federal tax returns by trained volunteer tax preparers.

Appointments started Feb. 5 at Tilden Community Center, 310 River St., and will be held 3-6:30 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Appointments will also be held at Pleasant Hill Library on Feb. 17 and March 10. Appointments can be made by calling 651-480-7689.

The program is for seniors and low income individuals/couples who have basic tax returns. Individuals are asked to bring their last year's tax return. If it is their first year filing, individuals are asked to bring their social security card and picture ID.

Commission on Judicial Selection recommends First Judicial District candidates

ST. PAUL — The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota's First Judicial District. This vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Michael A. Fahey, and will be chambered at Hastings in Dakota County.

Patrick Goggins: Goggins is a partner at Wornson, Goggins, Neisen, Morris & Brever, P.C., where he has a private general practice. He is also defense counsel at Le Sueur County Drug Court, and previously was an attorney at the First Judicial District Public Defender's Office and a law clerk in the Dakota County Attorney's Office. Goggins is a member of the St. Wenceslaus Grade School Board, former president of the New Prague Chamber of Commerce and the Eighth District Bar Association, and a youth coach for both the New Prague Hockey and Baseball Associations.

Martin Fallon: Fallon is a partner at Maslon, L.L.P., handling complex commercial litigation. Previously, he was an associate at Maslon, Edelman, Brand, and Borman, L.L.P., an associate at Faegre & Benson, L.L.P., and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable David S. Doty, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Fallon has been a mentor at St. Thomas School of Law and serves on the Ramsey County Historical Society Board, the St. Joseph's Church Parish Finance Council, and the North Hennepin Community College Paralegal Program Advisory Board.

Tanya O'Brien: O'Brien is an assistant Ramsey County attorney, where she prosecutes a variety of felony crimes, including homicides. Previously, she was an assistant Scott County attorney and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lynn C. Olson and the Honorable Ellen L. Maas, Minnesota 10th Judicial District. O'Brien is an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, the secretary of the Prior Lake Athletics for Youth Board, and is a volunteer at Saint George Eastern Orthodox Church, FOCUS Minnesota, La Ola Del Lago, and St. Thomas Academy.

Minnesota's First Judicial District consists of Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott, and Sibley counties.

Musicians and bands may apply for Make Music Day

Musicians and bands interested in playing at Make Music Day in Hastings are encouraged to fill out an application by April 15, 2018. The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department have developed a Make Music Day application to keep the event organized and structured with performances, while still providing a free, informal setting.

Last year was the first year Make Music Day was held in Hastings. The event is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21.

The application can be found on the City's website at The deadline to fill out the application is April 15, 2018.

Hastings Music to raise money by recycling

Flatten and deposit paper materials in the outdoor, "self-serve" dumpster at Terry's Hardware, located at 375 W. 33rd St. Cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, magazines and any boxes may be deposited to the dumpster.

Materials must be flatted. Contributions may be made through the month of March.

Hastings City Council and Tennis Sanitation partners with local organizations to provide a simple fundraising program and needed service.

Pleasant Hill Library hosts open house to review renovation plan

Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings will hold an open house 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Floor plans, 3D renderings and concept images will be available to view and Dakota County staff and consultants will be available to answer questions.

Dakota County has selected Minneapolis-based Kodet Architectural Group as the designer for the renovation. Design meetings began in January 2018. The library has not undergone renovation since its construction in 1994. The renovated library will feature a larger community meeting room, an iLAB, conference room, family restroom, a larger space for teenagers and more.

The design process in anticipated to be completed in July 2018 with a detailed schedule for construction made available after the bid is awarded in late summer.