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A one-hour organ concert featuring Jim Hockin will be held 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury. The concert will feature music by Mozart, Clérambault, Bach, Haydn, Gigout and others. It is free and open to all. Submitted photo
Axia Home Loans has opened an office at 830 Vermillion St., Hastings. Axia is the only 100 percent employee-owned mortgage banking firm in the United States, creating sustainable home ownership through responsible lending.
Fluttering monarch butterflies were a common sight at Lebanon Hills Regional Park this summer. For the third year in a row, Dakota County Parks staff raised wild-caught monarch caterpillars and released the adult butterflies in an effort to collect data for migration research and to help stem the species' population decline.
Riders and motorists should exercise extreme caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the road for the Fall Flood Run. As many as 30,000 riders will be traveling between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Red Cross, Sport Clips team up for childhood cancer awareness During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. Those who come out to give blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips via email. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2018, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
The Hastings Area Swim Team (HAST) had a lot to celebrate in July, starting with the BLAST Summer Sizzler on July 12-15 at the Falls Aquatic Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Thirty-seven HAST swimmers competed, teaming up to achieve the following 'new' times: A-1, BB-7, B-10 and C-1. Mitchell LeMay was named the swimmer of the meet. He swam seven-out-of-nine best times and cut more than 37 seconds overall. Mitchell earned a new BB time in the 200 individual medley (IM).
With the ragweed pollen season expected to peak in early-September, now is a good time for allergy sufferers to learn about steps they can take to keep allergies and asthma under control, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Due to the changing climate, allergy sufferers have a much longer season of suffering; ragweed pollen season is now 18 to 21 days longer than it was in the mid-1990s. Pollen for ragweed is highly allergenic and can travel very long distances.
A car reportedly struck a skateboarder Friday, Sept. 7 on Pine Street near Hastings Middle School. A child was taken to Regions Hospital with unknown injuries, according to a police officer on the scene. The crash closed Pine Street from 15th Street to 13th Street. The vehicle involved in the crash appeared to have a broken windshield. This story is developing.
The Dakota County Farm Bureau is holding its 101st anniversary meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Rosemount American Legion. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker, Janet Bremer, is a farmer from Hastings that has many other titles including blogger and Minnesota Dairy Princess coordinator. Bremer was also recently named America's Farmers Midwest Mom of the Year. She is passionate about telling her farm's dairy story through school visits, speaking and writing opportunities, her blog, and other social media.
A Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge video by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office has advanced to the final four in a nationwide competition by USA Today. The Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in voting for the video in the contest bracket. The 2016 video is competing against a video by the police department in Flower Mound, Texas.