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Crisis services are a critical piece of the mental health system. During Mental Health Month this May, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is highlighting services that get people in crisis the help they need, when they need it. One of 5 Minnesotans face mental illness each year, and one in 25 people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Fortunately, there are more treatments, services and community support available, and many people with mental illness can and do recover.
The City of Hastings has been chosen as one of three finalists in the southern region of Minnesota to participate in the Minnesota Timberwolves' "Our Courts, Our Future" program. This summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will travel across the state of Minnesota refurbishing four courts chosen by popular vote.
Property taxes on Dakota County real estate for the first half of 2018 are due by Tuesday, May 15. Property taxes can be paid online, by phone or by mail. Mailed payments must be postmarked by midnight May 15 to be considered timely. Payments can also be made in person at the following times and locations: • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings
Nationwide nearly 22,000 student athletes represent over 800 high school approved teams in 20 states participating in the USA High School Clay Target League. In Minnesota there are 349 trap teams with 40 conferences and nine classes as well as 33 skeet teams with five conferences and two classes based on team size statewide for fair competition. Minnesota has the highest participation in the league with 11,598 trap and 338 skeet athletes. Hastings trap is in class 9A, conference 21 which includes Albany, Bemidji, Lakeville South and Northfield.
Dakota Electric Association will hold its annual Energy Trends Expo, May 10, at the Eagan Community Center. The event, sponsored with the Lakeville Friends of the Environment, provides an opportunity for people to learn about the latest in renewable technology, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Visitors can talk with electric vehicle owners about their experience driving electric cars, ride on Minnesota's first electric school bus and attend free seminars about energy-efficient home design and cold-climate air-source heat pumps.
Dancers from Jan's School of Dance, Inc. started their competition season strong with 14 Platinum Awards and 32 High Score Awards at the Legacy Dance Competition the first week in April. The studio also earned the prestigious "Sportsmanship Award".
By Brenda Green, contributor The Hastings Area Swim Team (HAST) finished out the Fall/Winter Short Course season swimming at the Minnesota Senior State Championships, March 15-18, and at the Minnesota Age Group State Championships March 22-25.
Local gymnasts on the Perpetual Motion gymnastics team competed at their championship meets recently, ending their season on a high note. Gymnasts competed at the Minnesota State Championships, and then qualified to compete at the Region 4 Championships against gymnasts from the seven-state area.
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners receives advice from a variety of volunteer committees. The board invites residents to join a citizen advisory committee and make a difference in local government. The following committees have openings: The Extension Committee, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, assists in approving programs, establishing the budget and evaluating staff to enhance Extension programs. The committee meets four times a year in Farmington.
The public can bring confidential paper such as tax documents, financial statements and medical records for free on-site shredding at nine upcoming events. Shredding is open to all Dakota County residents unless otherwise specified. Only shred what is necessary — documents with personal information such as Social Security numbers or account numbers. The shredding events will be: Saturday, April 21 • 10 a.m. to noon, Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington Saturday, April 28