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As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month. A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O. In thanks for helping at this urgent time, all those who come to donate blood or platelets through Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-RED CROSS.
Stan Karwoski and Julie Ohs pulled away from Joe Delaney Tuesday in the Washington County Board District 2 primary race, while five candidates vying for a spot on the ballot in District 2 were much closer in vote totals. Wayne A. Johnson (1,420 votes) and Jeff Swensen (1,405) led the pack in the county's fourth district, according to unofficial numbers on the Secretary of State website .
A forgotten cemetery discovered in Nininger Township caused a stir in 2017. Now Jeremy Jackson, recruiter at Hamline University and avid genealogical researcher from the State Archeologists Office, will talk Tuesday, Aug. 14, about how researchers found the answers to Rose Hill Cemetery. He will speak at 7 p.m. at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a statewide air quality alert due to smoke spreading across northern Minnesota Friday, Aug. 10, and southern Minnesota on Saturday, Aug. 11.
As the investigation continues into an outbreak of a waterborne illness this summer at a Zumbrota campground, state health officials have been working with the business owner to reduce the risk of illness.
DENMARK TOWNSHIP — A suspect was taken into custody Thursday evening after a reported firearm discharge in the 1400 block of 70th Street South. Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded 4:02 p.m. Aug. 9, 2018, to a disturbance call at a residence, according to a news release. While evacuating occupants from the residence, a deputy reported that a firearm had been discharged.
It's been about one year since Dakota Electric Association announced planting pollinator friendly habitat at some of its substations, and it recently announced plans to expand its pollinator friendly habitat at another substation and further explore more locations.
Prepare to be entertained. The Starlifter, a seven-piece band of Air Force men and women, is coming to town. The Starlifter will perform a free concert at the Rotary Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Levee Park 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. The band features two vocalists, a percussionist, bassist, pianist and guitarist who will play any type of music under the sun. The evening will be a mix of rock and pop, country and jazz, as well as old classics and new hits. Starlifters is just one of eight bands that components of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.
Three people filed to replace Mayor Paul Hicks, who is not seeking re-election. Only two will advance to the Nov. 6 general election. The Hastings Star Gazette posed a series of questions to the candidates. Cody D. Jones opted not to participate. The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14. To learn where you vote, go to the Minnesota Secretary of State website and use the pollfinder at https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ .
ROSEMOUNT — The Second Act Players will perform three stage shows of "The Girls of Autumn" this weekend at the Steeple Center. Director Keith Reed shared how the cast of eight looks forward to performing this new production. The script was written by Paul Barile. "It is an old jewel thief gang getting back together in their old age, and it is a comedy of errors and there are some side stories that go on," Reed said.