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The Dakota County Fair runs Aug. 6-12 in Farmington. Still on deck for the festivities are: Bulls and Barrels, 7 p.m. Wednesday Demolition derby, 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday Bank robbery re-enactment, 3 p.m. Sunday For a full list of fair events, visit www.dakotacountyfair.org/events.
HASTINGS — All are invited to a public open house 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 to hear an update for the Highway 316 Improvement Project . The open house will be held at Crossroads Church, 225 33rd Street W. in Hastings, with a short presentation scheduled for 5:15 p.m.
We are parishioners at St. Mathias in Hampton. Our priest, Father Cole Kracke, is also caring for St. Mary's church in New Trier and St. John the Baptist in Vermillion. This would have been thought impossible years ago. However, ordination to the priesthood has decreased. So besides offering Mass twice on Sunday and nearly every day of the week, Father has been given the responsibility of funerals, weddings, and the sacraments of reconciliation, visitation (the sacrament of the sick) etc. It can be overwhelming.
For the second year in a row, Always Lucy Strong is hosting its primary fundraiser in musical fashion. This year's A Little Summer Jam will welcome Minnesota-based band Porcupine and Kat Perkins of NBC's "The Voice" fame. A Little Summer Jam returns 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Rotary Pavilion in Hastings.
The Hastings High School trap shooting team attended the 2018 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trap Championship on June 19 in Alexandria. Over 8,000 shooters from over 325 teams around the state competed during the nine day-tournament. Being that Hastings has the largest high school team in the state, not to mention the nation, they had 93 students (70 male and 23 female) shoot on the final day of competition. Out of 12 teams shooting in Class 9A, Hastings placed seventh overall with 470 points. The first-place team was Bemidji with 487 points.
I would like to do a shout out to you all—Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, volunteers, sponsors, participants, city staff and Hastings residents—for your man hours and talents to once again deliver a wonderful Rivertown Days. I think you will hear positive comments as I have been hearing. You truly deserve a hung and many kudos for your time. Mary Hoffman Fasbender Hastings
The Hastings City Council held a public hearing and unanimously passed an amendment of city code that increases utilities fees. The amendment will be effective for this month's billing and comes after a 2016 study of utility rates that suggested the city restructure them. The first half of the rate increase was implemented in July 2017, and the financial statements for the year revealed that it was not enough for utility funds to sustain themselves.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Health is warning consumers to not eat Spring Pasta Salad from Hy-Vee if it was purchased before July 17. Six of seven cases in a Salmonella Sandiego outbreak have been linked to people who have eaten Spring Pasta Salad from four different Hy-Vee stores, a news release said. On July 16, the product was removed from all stores voluntarily while health officials have been investigating.
Monday, July 16 • Medallion Hunt • Break out your thinking caps! It's time to search the city. Clues for the Edina Realty Medallion Hunt begins the 16th. Clues will be released daily. Miss one? Not to worry! Clues will be announced on KDWA Radio or will be available at the Edina Realty office at 1640 S. Frontage Road. A winner with a 2018 Rivertown Days button receives a prize of $500. An unbuttoned winner will get $250. Wednesday, July 18 • 2018 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition, Hastings Art Center, 7-9:30 p.m.