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ST. PAUL — State Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, is working on legislation to help replenish the state's Disaster Assistance Contingency Account, according to a statement released March 11 by the Minnesota House of Representatives. The account currently sits empty after flooding events in Brainerd and Duluth last year. The bill would put $20 million from both the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years toward the account.
After giving birth to her daughter, Micaiah Kline hadn't expected the challenges she faced. Her baby was born 11 pounds and 1 ounce, and required regular blood sugar checks because of her size. Kline's nurse quickly suggested that she supplement and told Kline that donor milk was an option. Kline told the nurse to sign her up.
Last week, state Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, announced that he was working on legislation to secure more funds for the Highway 316 project.
This week, State Sen. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, introduced legislation that would give new funding for infrastructure improvements to Highway 316, a statement from the Minnesota Senate said Friday. Over $2.5 million in funding would be provided to improving the safety and traffic flow on the highway in the southern parts of Hastings. Improvements to the section of the highway between Highway 61 and Tuttle Drive include three roundabouts, extensions of trails along the highway, crosswalks and a center median.
Ever play Vingo? This fun mix of music videos and bingo can be found at Pub 55 in Hastings every Friday. The bar and restaurant, located at 880 Bahls Drive, was purchased by Caitlen Wernimont and her team last May. In an effort to make the hard to see location more recognizable, the name, previously Wyatt's Twisted Americana, was changed to Pub 55 this past fall. Other than giving the business a fresh take, the name was purposefully shortened to increase visibility from the road, Wernimont said. The bar has been a neighborhood establishment since the 1980s.
The breast cancer diagnosis came for Melissa Black, a second grade teacher and mother of two, on July 31, 2018. Both Black and her husband Charlie had a hard time finding a word that captured what they were feeling at the time. "It's a call you don't want to get. It's not what we wanted the pathology report to show, and a lot changed very quickly," Black said.
The founder of the Langenfeld Foundation, Paul Langenfeld, has been chosen to speak at the Points of Light National Conference in St. Paul in June. The Points of Light organization was started by President George H.W. Bush to recognize volunteers across the nation who are making a difference in their communities.
The temperatures may be dropping, but don't forget it's still important to get some fresh air. With a large number of parks, as well as public skating rinks in the area, there are many ways to get outside. Here are some special events in the Hastings area to help get you, your friends or your family off the couch and into the brisk air this January. What: Live Music Series at Mad Jaxx Where: Welch Village When: Saturdays at 4 p.m.
It takes a lot of perseverance to continue giving back when life throws you for a loop — or two, in the case of Hastings resident Corrie Rezachek. Rezachek, who would rather be known as "a lovely old lady over 30," instead of her age, started making hats for people in need four years ago after she became a long-term resident at Augustana Care in Hastings. A former resident of Cottage Grove, Rezachek began giving back to the community to fill free time when her children grew up. She spent many hours volunteering for her church and at various thrift stores.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom found police officer Geoffrey Latsch was legally justified in the shooting death of Hastings resident Keagan Johnson-Lloyd, according to a news release Dec. 19, 2018.. In the determination, Backstrom said "the use of deadly force by a peace officer is justified to protect the officer or another person from death or great bodily harm. Here, Officer Latsch subjective belief was objectively reasonable under the circumstances present at the time of this incident."