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Public and private health care insurance plans play important supporting roles in the current U.S. coverage strategy. Neither sector can do it alone. People need to keep that fact in the forefront as the "Medicare-for-all" debate heats up, talk grows of a crippling national debt and seniors scramble to change their Medicare supplemental plans before the open enrollment window closes. Some key details make up our reality. First, 2018 brings a dramatic change in the Medicare enrollment process.
The United Way of Hastings continues its monthly free Life 101 workshops for teens and young adults on Thursday, Nov. 28. The workshop will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. with an optional question-and-answer session 7:30-8 p.m. in the lecture hall at Hastings High School.
All new property owners or qualified relatives who changed residences during the past year and use the residence for homestead before Dec. 1, 2018 must apply for homestead status with their county assessor by Dec. 17. Property owners or qualified relatives who want to classify property as homestead that was not classified as homestead in the past must apply with the Dakota County Assessor's Office to receive homestead for property taxes payable in 2019.
Diane Davies, a retired Hastings teacher and published author, is spending part of November and December visiting classrooms at Pinecrest Elementary School sharing her book "Life in the Neck: New Friends" and doing activities with kids in every classroom.
All romaine lettuce consumption should be avoided while a multi-state E. coli outbreak is investigated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. There have been 32 reported cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in 11 states — including Wisconsin, but not Minnesota — as of Nov. 19, the CDC says. An additional 18 cases have been identified in Canada.
The Fort Snelling Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution placed its little library during its monthly meeting Nov. 1 at the American Legion Post 47. The little library is located at the corner of Pine Street and 15th Street West. Sue Nolan of DAR said she expects a lot of activity with Hastings Public Library closed for renovations.
The Northfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Joseph Camplin, 42, of Northfield. According to an alert issued Monday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2018:
The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce had its annual Business Excellence Awards on Nov. 9. The event recognizes local businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals for their outstanding work and impact on the community. "So many businesses and individuals do such great things for this community without seeking attention for themselves," said Maureen Scallen Failor, president of the Dakota Regional Chamber of Commerce. "The awards are our chance to highlight them and to show our gratitude to them for helping make Dakota County a great place to work and live."
The Dakota County Historical Society is seeking applicants interested in joining the organization's board of trustees. Applicants should fill out a statement of interest form and return it by Saturday, Dec. 15, to the Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. Forms can be found at www.dakotahistory.org , by contacting the museum by phone at 651-552-7548, or via email at email@example.com .
A northern pike caught by Woodbury fisherman Matthew Swanson this past May on the Rainy River is now the largest on record in the state's new catch-and-release record program. Swanson reeled in the monster pike — measuring 45 and 1/4 inches long — while on an annual fishing trip with his father and brother up north along the Canadian border, according to a news release Monday, Nov. 19 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.