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Editor's note: The Gazette's 2018 graduation photos are available to purchase here . Standing in front of 341 of her peers, Shae Archambault opened Hastings High School commencement with a bit of perspective.
At 15, K. Coleman was left in the snow on the side of Highway 61 in Cottage Grove, bloody and bruised after being raped by three men. She experienced the brutal horror again years later when, at 19, she was forced by a group of strangerS with weapons into an unknown home. "I just started crying. 'I'm not here by choice, I need to get out,' and it didn't really phase him," she said. "So he assaulted me, but he kept saying, 'I'm sorry.'" Twice in five years Coleman found herself reporting rapes, talking to police and nurses, feeling lost and alone.
Dakota City Heritage Village is planning a Family & Friends Fun Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, during Dew Days. People are urged to bring a Dew Days button and bring a picnic lunch. Free popcorn will be offered. The outdoor museum will be open to see horse-drawn buggies and farm machinery from the past. Children can play vintage games, watch the blacksmith at work in his forge and see a woodworker creating a project.
Dakota County is providing free travel training to help people increase their mobility and independence. Travel Training is a service offered through the new GoDakota initiative to improve access to communities for older adults and people with disabilities in Dakota County. The training teaches individuals and groups about public and private transportation options available across the county and how to use them.
Randolph Public Schools will host an open house June 7 so people can learn and ask questions about the Dakota County Road 88 reconstruction. The county proposed rebuilding County Road 88 in Randolph Township from Highway 65 to Highway 52. The purpose is to improve safety, increase mobility and improve pavement quality, according to a news release from Dakota County.
The candidate filings for public office wrapped up Tuesday, June 5, and Hastings has two contested races, including one that will require a primary election. Three people filed for City Council — Lori Braucks, Tom Cherney and Mark Vaughan for the two seats available. There also are three candidates for mayor — Mary Fasbender, Cody Jones and Danna Elling Schultz. The primary election Aug. 14 will narrow the race to two.
A spaghetti dinner/bike rally/silent auction/raffle/bake sale will take place from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at the VFW Red Barn in Cottage Grove, 9260 East Point Douglas Road. The benefit dinner will be held for Denyse Kruger, who is currently battling bone cancer. To learn more on Kruger’s story and to donate, go to www.gofundme.com/DenyseKrugerWillRideAgain .
The Regina Hospital Auxiliary honored members for their years of service to Regina Hospital and Retirement Center at a recent spring luncheon.
A front page cutline May 24 for a photo about Hastings' annual officer memorial ceremony inaccurately referred to the site as the Dakota County Courthouse grounds. The building is Hastings City Hall but also the historic former Dakota County Courthouse. Hastings prom Junior class President Mac Wilson, junior class Vice President Lynden Wilson and junior class Secretary Maddie Junker were incorrectly identified in a Hastings High School prom photo published May 24. These class officials put