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Last week, a Rosemount area bridge was dedicated in honor of a Vietnam War military member who died during his service. On Sunday, July 14, the packed basement of St. John's Lutheran Church in Rosemount was filled with memories of Dennis Groth, a former U.S. Army chief warrant officer who was killed in the Vietnam War at 21 years old. Family members, friends, fellow veterans and a handful of local politicians participated in the service to commemorate Groth, sharing stories and speaking to the importance of veterans.
Taylor Wickberg always dreamed of teaching overseas. Now, as a member of the Peace Corps, the Hastings native is doing just that. Wickberg left for Gambia in early June to teach literacy and assist teachers in the African country. It's the third time she's done some form of work overseas, she said. "I'm just really excited to go over there and do my job," Wickberg said. "I'm only 23, I'm making a huge jump. I'm super ready."
On Saturday, First District Judge Jerome Abrams sat in a Washington Technology Magnet School classroom in St. Paul. On his left and his right were typical courtroom employees, clerks and a courtroom reporter. For the day, Abrams split time with fellow judge Jamie Cork away from their typical Dakota County courtrooms. The two were spending their time at a warrant resolution event meant to help people with misdemeanors find a resolution — which could range from paying fines to rescheduling a court date or other ways to move forward.
As Dakota County's population increased at an estimated 7.5% from 2010-2018, Hastings grew just 4.35%, according to Metropolitan Council population data released earlier this month. Data from the regional planning organization shows most of the county's growth came from its western side. While eastern county communities like Hastings and Inver Grove Heights grew slower. "I think we'd like to see our growth a little bit higher here," said John Hinzman, Hastings community development director. "We've got the ability with adjacent land to the city for growth."
The Dakota County Historical Society will haul its World War I exhibit — mock trench and all — to the Mall of America on Memorial Day weekend. The exhibit contains a range of displays, from interpretive text banners, propaganda posters, a roughly 10-by-10-foot wooden replica trench and more. The historical society hopes that the event will expose a far greater audience to its offerings than it typically gets in a year.
We're coming up on the end of Slim Down with Rivertown and kudos to you for keeping up with it to the best of your ability. The final weigh-in is on May 8 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls and it will be exciting for the prizes awarded and the general celebration of the last 13 weeks. Over the course of the challenge, we've covered a wide breadth of topics — from wellness tips, workout tips and some mental health tips, too.
A partnership between Dakota County and ridesharing service Lyft is giving certain county residents on Medicaid waivers a new transportation option to and from their place of work. The partnership is a pilot project focused on assisting people with disabilities find work in non-public transit locations or hours, the county announced in a press release on Monday. Any residents who receive home and community-based services are eligible for the free program that started in April.
A Google search for "diet" brings up over 1 billion results. On the first page you will find a mix of weight-loss diets, warnings of bad diet habits and advertisements that rank diets by weight loss, among other things. The second page somehow gets a little more broad and specific at the same time: a diet for arthritis, a diet webpage from the federal government, The Mayo Clinic Diet. It goes on like this for result after result, page after page — what must be 1 billion results minus the 20 results on the first two pages.
Later this month, Hastings students will be encouraging community members to stop using hateful language at two stands located in the community. The March 29 Spread the Word to End the Word event, which will have two information areas at the YMCA and Walmart, aims to encourage people against using the word "retarded" and other hateful language while spreading inclusion. Hastings High School and the middle school held similar events in hallways earlier this month.
I've been struggling to consistently workout since Slim Down started. Last month, I wrote about dedicating myself to cooking more and attempting to eat out less. It's healthier for me and my wallet, and that's been going well. Almost every week I cook five or more times and it's almost always something healthy.