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With the risk of flooding in the Upper Midwest continuing to grow, Xcel Energy is preparing its facilities as well as providing safety information to customers who may be affected. According to a news release Monday, March 18, 2019: Xcel Energy urges caution for customers who now may experience flooding in their homes and businesses. In certain flood-related situations, Xcel Energy may need to disconnect electric and/or natural gas service to ensure customer safety.
Dakota County has temporarily closed a portion of County Road 54/Ravenna Trail due to seasonal flooding. The road has been closed between County Road 91 and County Road 68 in Ravenna Township. Water has covered the roadway at several locations and the pavement has been undermined in a few locations, causing a safety hazard for motorists. Dakota County Transportation on Friday anticipated the road would be closed for approximately one week. Flooding and repairs will be a short-term issue, but to protect public safety the road will be open only to local traffic.
While watching the news one evening, Tab Hanson saw a familiar face flash across the screen — it was the same man who a few days earlier hopped into the vacant driver’s seat of Hanson’s vehicle, pulled a gun, told him to get out and then drove away, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Plainview Milk Products Cooperative and Hastings Co-op Creamery recently announced a merger. The new company will do business under the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative name, with production facilities in Plainview and Hastings. Consumer milk products will be marketed under the Valley View Farms brand.
With another winter storm forecast to affect the region this weekend, Xcel Energy reminds customers to prepare for severe weather. The company is also monitoring the forecast and is prepared to increase staff or send employees where they may be needed to restore power in the event of storm-related outages, according to a news release.
Due to a winter storm expected to hit the area, the Railway Gallery at Artspace Hastings River Lofts will be closed Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), a leading worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Glenwood City High School. The funding was made possible through the Donaldson Company Foundation, which strives to provide equitable access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines through grants that increase youth engagement and learning in these areas of study.
St. John the Baptist Catholic School made sure its bus drivers felt appreciated during School Bus Appreciation Day on Feb. 27. School staff made cookies in the shape of a bus with the name of each driver on it. Bus drivers also received a thank-you card signed by everyone at the school. St. John the Baptist School's bus drivers are all based out of the Hastings Bus Company. The drivers include: Chris Schaffer (driver for 25 years), Denise Becker (25 years), Lou Hoesly (19 years), Dave Connor (11 years) and Melissa Stahlberg (two years). Submitted photo
Members of the Augustana Choir are preparing for a brief performance tour of the Midwest during spring break, including a stop in Hastings. The focus of the 2019 tour will be "Masterworks of the Sacred European Tradition." The choir is preparing pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Vivaldi, with a set of contemporary pieces as well. Under the direction of guest conductor Steve Grives, the choir will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Hastings. All concerts are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted.
HASTINGS — Jon Kennedy, a sophomore at Hastings High School and son of Eric and Irina Kennedy, earned his Eagle Scout award, the highest in Boy Scouts. Less than 4 percent of Scouts achieve the status.