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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.
Hastings voters also will choose two council members in the Nov. 6 election. Three people filed for those at-large offices: Lori Braucks, Tom Cherney and Mark Vaughan. We asked the candidates about the experience, qualifications and what they view as the top issues facing the city. Here are their responses.
I am the current chair of Hastings' finance, planning and transit committees. My daily work with the City of Eagan for the past 23 years has given me extensive experience with overall budget knowledge and in particular operating budgets. As a Hastings council member, I have worked to help stabilize the water and sewer funds, hold the city's bond rating at AA, and have assisted in lowering property owners tax rate. I currently represent the city on the Economic and Housing Authority and act as the acting mayor when needed. My dedication to serving Hastings is to make good decisions for every corner of the city. No area is more important than another.
It is a great honor to run for a position on the Hastings City Council. I will bring 25 years of senior key leadership management experience directing multiple diverse and complex organizations to the council. My background includes positions in strategic and tactical planning, human resources, emergency management, logistics, crisis management, problem solving, organizational planning, design and coordination, and communications. Quite simply, I now have the time, interest and experience to give back to my community and make a difference for the people of Hastings. I believe this background will enable me to build a bridge between Hastings City Hall and the residents of this wonderful city.
A Rosemount special education teacher has been suspended after posting a message on social media with threatening intent towards recently sworn-in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The instructor, with Intermediate School District 917, posted the tweet “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning, Oct. 10, 2018, across much of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin as 2-4 inches of rain is expected to fall over the next 48 hours.
The Dakota County Historical Society will host a book discussion on "The Last of the Doughboys" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. Admission to the book discussion is free. The first 15 people to pick up the event's discussion packet at the Lawshe Museum will receive a free copy of the book.
According to a release by the City of Hastings, on Monday, Oct. 8, low-level chlorination throughout the city’s entire water distribution system will begin. A low concentration of chlorine will be injected throughout the system while the city researches permanent disinfection options for the public water system. This level is safe for humans and animals to drink, cook and bathe in as normal.