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Dozens of area Minnesota National Guard soldiers arrived at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait on a nine-month deployment to the Middle East, according to a news release Monday, Nov. 5. They join more than 600 soldiers in the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division leading Task Force Spartan, designed to build capacity, regional self-reliance and stability in 20 countries.
Voters will find statewide, regional and local candidates on ballots Tuesday Nov. 6 for the midterm election. Here are some resources to help get informed before heading to the polls.
Normal operations resumed Oct. 26 at Prairie Island nuclear plant following a five-week refueling and maintenance outage that included replacing the plant's main generator. The replaced generator was original to plant when it opened more than 40 years ago, according to Xcel Energy. The refueling and maintenance work was completed by around 600 plant workers and 1,000 contractors.
RiverTown Multimedia recently held its annual Advertising Sales Department Awards recognizing multimedia sales representatives and their achievements this past fiscal year. Steve Engelhart, RTM advertising director, and Jean Brown, RTM sales manager, presented awards to the following: • 1st place Salesperson of the Year: Donna Kauffman • 2nd place sales: Nancy Knudsen • 3rd place sales: Nancy Long Special awards were also given to: • Top Specialty Digital Sales: Scott Thompson • Top TV Week Tab Sales: Joni Juliar
HealthPartners will hold its annual Halloween candy trade-in Thursday Nov. 1 and Friday Nov. 2 at 31 locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Collected candy will be shipped to military service members in care packs along with handwritten notes by local children. The trade-in is put on by the HealthPartners PowerUp program designed to help families eat better and get active. Children donating candy will receive a PowerUp prize. More than 2,000 pounds of candy was collected in the area in 2017, HealthPartners says.
The Lakeville Area Arts Center is featuring the artwork of Annie Young acrylic paintings Nov. 1 through Jan. 2, 2019. Exhibit viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening hours vary based on building activities.
Cub Foods celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 50 Acts of Kindness contest that put Hastings Family Service in the running for a grand-prize $50,000 grant. To be eligible for the grand prize, nonprofits were nominated by the public via Cub Foods' Facebook page. The top 50 vote-getters were then pitted against each other for the $50,000 grant. Although, each nonprofit in the top 50 automatically received $5,000 and that is what HFS ended up with.
October 2018 was proclaimed Let's Talk Month in Minnesota by Gov. Mark Dayton, part of a nationwide initiative encouraging parents and caregivers to have open conversations with young people about sexuality and healthy relationships.
The Dakota County Historical Society will host the annual Harvest Haunting and three Candlelit Tours at the LeDuc Historic Estate on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Harvest Haunting event will start at 5 p.m. and the Candlelit Tours will begin at 7 p.m. Admission to Harvest Haunting is $6 a person or $25 for a family. The Candlelit Tours admission is $10 for adults and $6 for ages 17 and under.
The American Red Cross is calling on donors to give blood or platelets in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Cancer patients may need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month.