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Hastings High School senior Lauren McQuade has been selected as the Hastings Rotary Student of the Month for December. According to HHS Principal Mike Johnson:
When Gov. Mark Dayton and I took office in 2011, Minnesota faced a $6 billion shortfall, and the state's public schools had weathered more than a decade of inconsistent funding and even outright funding cuts. Graduation rates were stagnant, full-day kindergarten was only a dream, and public preschool options were limited or nonexistent.
A missing White Bear Lake teenager has been found safe in Minnepolis, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Crime Alert Network.
Washington, Dakota and Goodhue counties were included in an air-quality alert issued for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to the alert:
The American Red Cross will hold the sixth-annual 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Inwood Oaks, 484 Inwood Ave. N., Oakdale. It is Minnesota's largest, one-day Red Cross blood drive.
Hastings Bierstube will host author Frank Weber on Thursday, Dec. 20. The author event is free and open to any person or club members that enjoy reading mystery/thrillers. Weber will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Bierstube's "new addition." Attendees are invited for a meal or beverage before the event begins. Books, including Weber's newly released book, "The I-94 Murders," will be available for purchase and personalization at the event.
A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall on an infant ibuprofen product distributed to Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar retail stores. The product was found to have potentially higer levels of ibuprofen than what is listed on the box, according to a news release Dec. 5, 2018 .
Lane closures are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 on I-494 in Woodbury and I-694 in Oakdale for median work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The first two musical acts were announced Monday, Dec. 3 for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair Grandstand lineup: 90s rockers and the parody song king.
The Dakota County Public Art Citizens Advisory Committee is seeking original works of two-dimensional art for its Community Art Exhibition. The exhibit is one of the ways the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee is working to make local art more accessible to residents. Artists looking to display their work can submit digital images. All ages are welcome, one entry per person. Entrants must live in Dakota County. The submission deadline varies by season: Dec. 1 — winter art, March 1 — spring art, June 1 — summer art, Sept. 14 — fall art.