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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
The first fishing opener of the year is upon us, and the volunteers in the nonprofit conservation group Twin Cities Trout Unlimited are ready. On April 7, about 60 volunteers from all over the Twin Cities metro area worked together with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the City of Savage, to improve the Eagle Creek State Aquatic Management Area in Savage.
A Friday the 13th power outage impacted Hastings around 2:07 p.m. April 13, 2018. Around 1,145 customers were affected by the outage. According to Xcel Energy, nearly 900 customers had their power restored by 2:58 p.m. once crews started working on the equipment failure. Xcel Energy officials said the company is working to restore the power for the remaining customers affected, but there is currently no estimated restoration time. Xcel Energy Outage Map: https://www.outagemap-xcelenergy.com/
The Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter, pushing 12 barges en route to St. Paul, locked through Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings around 1:30 p.m. April 11, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. The Corps considers the first tow to arrive at Lock and Dam 2 as the unofficial start of the navigation season, because it means all of its locks are accessible to commercial and recreational vessels.
Hastings Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) is hosting free winter skills clinics for new and experienced softball players at the 8U/10U levels (birth years of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). New players are welcome, no experience is necessary and no equipment is needed. Clinics will be held on Fridays (6-7 p.m. and 7- 8 p.m.) January 19, February 16, March 2 and March 23 at Pinecrest Elementary gym.