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RiverTown Multimedia has chosen multimedia sales consultant Colleen Feil to be the new advertising sales manager. Feil has a strong history with the company and the industry, having worked for the Hudson Star Observer about 25 years ago. Then for about 14 years she worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Feil came back in 2017, serving the Woodbury and Cottage Grove markets. "I am looking forward to learning more about each individual community and learning their needs, and working with local businesses," Feil said.
Move over, Marie Kondo — there is a new organizational master in town. New resident and owner of Method Organization Co., Melanie Baker got her start in organization when she was building custom closets for homes. "People started wanting me to put their stuff back in the closet and organize everything for them. I realized that I really liked it," Baker said. She opened Method Organization Co. in 2008 in Rapid City, S.D.
Growing up around the business that his father Bruce started, Todd Akins learned the ins and outs of Innovative Surfaces by doing every job the company had to offer. His vast experience in the fabrication business at a young age surprised those he worked with at a countertop fabricator in Duluth, Minn., when he was 19 years old. But at that age, Akins didn't dream of some day taking over his father's business back home, he wanted to be a "ski bum" in Colorado, he said.
In the summer of 1989, a 22-year-old Dave Welshons and a 25-year-old Richard Welshons took over their father's title insurance agency, Dakota County Abstract Company, now known as DCA Title. Richard had five years at the company under his belt, while Dave had been working there full time for six weeks— a fresh college graduate, who had put in hours at the company during school breaks. Neither of them expected that they would be the future owners of DCA Title; it was just something that happened due to timing.
Spring is here, and for many that means seasonal allergies are too. There are many ways to handle itchy eyes, runny nose or uncontrollable sneezing of allergies, both natural or with medication. If you are looking for a natural way to help combat allergies (and aren't scared of needles), some studies show that acupuncture may be worth a try. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a 2015 evaluation of 13 studies showed that acupuncture could help with symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.
Don Bettis raced his first snowmobile at the age of 5. When he was 10 years old, he raced his first motorcycle. The year Bettis turned 13, he started doing mechanical work on cars and two years later, he had his first job in a shop. "My dad was always the type to say if you want something, you better work for it," Bettis, owner of Auto Doctor in Hastings, said. "So if I wanted to ride it, I better be able to fix it." Living in Green Bay, Wis., Bettis worked in many different shops doing mechanical work on motorcycles, cars and snowmobiles.
For almost 20 years, the Dakota County Jail has been utilizing a non-lethal technology that is starting to make its way into other law enforcement agencies in the state — the PepperBall launcher. In St. Paul, a pilot program for the launchers began in February, while the Special Response Team at the Dakota County Jail has been using them since 2002. The PepperBall launcher looks like a paintball gun, but instead of paint, the PepperBall launcher uses a non-lethal irritant.
Next week, the Hastings Arts Center will host two events around world-class pianist, Mariki Bournaki. Bournaki is the subject of a documentary, "I am not a Rockstar," directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, that follows her early life as a pianist. HAC will be showing the film on Friday, April 26. The next day, Bournaki will perform at the HAC. Bournaki has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old. Her interest was sparked when her father, a violinist, and his piano accompanist would play music at their family home in Montreal, Canada.
Legislation that would help secure $1 million in funding for the Highway 316 project was heard by the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee on Wednesday, March 27. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, would help fill the projected $1.5-$2.5 million gap in funding to have the project completed. Through the bill, $1 million would be received in general obligation bonds. Hastings Public Works Director Nick Egger gave a testimony at the hearing.
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.