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News briefs: Service organization to help preserve Hastings cemeteries; School Recycling Workshop July 12

Service organization to help preserve Hastings cemeteries

An AmeriCorps organization will visit local cemeteries this month to help with preservation of monuments.

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps is sending a six-person crew that will be at Oakwood Cemetery July 11-12 and St. Luke's Cemetery from July 13-14 to reset monuments and raise flat ones.

The service learning organization aims to provide young adults with opportunities in working in historic preservation trades, while also training them in the use and safety of power and hand tools, first aid and more. Participants also receive help in getting their Lead Renovator Certification along with a monthly living stipend and an education award.

Dakota County to host School Recycling Workshop July 12

Dakota County will host its fourth School Recycling Workshop Thursday, July 12, at the Republic Services Recycling Center in Inver Grove Heights. All school personnel, including administrators, teachers, buildings and grounds personnel, kitchen staff and

Green Team leaders are invited to attend this free workshop 8:30—11 a.m. Optional tours of the landfill and recycling facility will follow from 11 a.m. to noon.

New panelists and topics are provided each year in an interactive setting. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about new resources and discuss recycling opportunities, challenges and solutions. This year's agenda includes breakfast-in-the-classroom waste, share tables in the cafeteria, making organics collection successful at lunch, and paper shredding solutions.

To RSVP, visit and search School Recycling Workshop.

94-494/694 interchange to be expanded, repaired

The intersection of Interstates 94 and 494/694 will get a revamp next year.

The $28.5 million construction project will begin in 2019 and be completed in 2020, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The department plans to add two southbound auxiliary lanes along I-694: one from 10th Street to I-94, and another from I-94 to Tamarack Road.

Northbound and southbound "buffer lanes" will be added as well. The extra lanes are meant to increase safety by creating more space for merging on and off loop ramps.

Crews also plan to replace the current northbound and southbound interchange bridges and make them wider, rebuild the southbound to eastbound loop ramp where truck rollovers have been an issue and repair pavement along the interchange.

DWI arrests spike over Fourth of July, stats show

ST. PAUL—The Fourth of July is statistically one of the worst holidays of the year for drunk driving in Minnesota, figures for the past five years show.

Law enforcement has made an average of 3.9 arrests for driving while intoxicated, 2013-2017 statistics from the Minnesota Department Public Safety show. Labor Day and St. Patrick's Day follow at 3.8 per hour.

"With so many ride-share programs available, it's frustrating to know many people continue to get behind the wheel after drinking," said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the Minnesota State Patrol. "A DWI can change your life forever. Whether it's financially or carrying the burden of taking a life, it's not worth it. Line up a sober ride and celebrate the holiday responsibly."

Minnesota plans an extra enforcement and awareness campaign July 6-22, the DPS said.

During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day to Labor Day) in 2017, preliminary numbers show speed played a role in 23 fatalities.

Farmington man killed in collision

A 38-year-old Farmington man died of injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car on Thursday, June 28. The Lakeville Police Department reported that shortly before 11:45 a.m. police responded to the collision at County Road 46 and Eagleview Drive.

Andrew Bader had been riding east on County Road 46 when he collided with a westbound vehicle attempting to turn left onto Eagleview. He was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with serious injuries and died that night.

Bader was a software engineer for Dell. He left behind a young daughter.