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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.
Minnesotan actor and comic book writer Harwan Thomas Altman and his friend and fellow actor Landyn Banx were walking in downtown Hastings when they stopped at the aged Riviera Theatre. Altman, to some effect, said "this is where Frank will live." He was referencing detective Frank Boon, the main character of his forthcoming comic book "The Big Bad Book of Boon," a murder-action-thriller story. "I wanted him to have a definitive base of adventures like the batcave for Batman or the fortress of solitude for Superman," Altman said. "Frank's got the Riviera Theatre."
Record snowfall in February led to high costs for Dakota County and multiple, long shifts for the workers who run the plows. "This is the toughest (month) that I can remember where we just had to keep going and going," said Todd Howard, an assistant county engineer with Dakota County. "No one snowfall was especially noteworthy, but they just kept stacking on top of each other."
My family has always loved eating out. We make it a priority to eat out often when we're together and so when my sister was visiting a few weeks ago we did what we always do. We ate out. That night's menu included pastas, meat and one other surprising addition. My sister ordered a seafood dish paired with some mushrooms. Mushrooms?
A Hastings keyboardist and the country band he is a member of was honored at an awards show on Feb. 17. Jake Nelson, a Twin Cities-based country musician, and his seven-member band won Best Music Video and Song of the Year for his song "You're Not Alone." The band was also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the Midwest Country Music Association's awards show in Medina. Nelson's band includes Brian Schommer on keyboard. Schommer co-owns Schommer Insurance in Hastings with his wife, Mary.