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Just under half of the 16-member Citizen-Business Working Group regarding the 3M settlement funds will be coming from South Washington County. The six local members are: Jack Lavold and Dave Schulenberg from Cottage Grove, David Filipiak and Michael Madigan from Woodbury, Amy Schall from St. Paul Park and Barbara Ronningen from Afton.
HASTINGS — Nearly 30 students in the Hastings School District experienced homelessness this year. According to Sarah Kloeckl, Hastings Public Schools assistant director of special services, the average for homeless youth in Hastings schools is less than 1 percent, while the state average is between 2 and 3 percent. There are about 4,700 students, kindergarten through 12th grade, in the district.
Make Music Day is returning for a second venture. Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, will be celebrated in Hastings June 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event is family friendly, free and open to the public. Make Music Day, organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, will be held in various parks throughout the city including Public Square at City Hall, Levee Park, Lions Park, Roadside Park, and Oliver’s Grove Park.
Just as one by one 10 ducklings fell into the storm sewer May 30, so did two Hastings Police officers Mike Schmitz and Matthew Schlafer pull them back out one by one.
ST. PAUL — Tony Jurgens, Cottage Grove, filed June 4 to run for re-election to his seat in the state House of Representatives. Jurgens said he learned a lot during his first term and is excited to integrate this into another session if he is re-elected. "I'm looking forward to getting back out on the campaign trail and meeting with people," Jurgens said. If he's re-elected, Jurgens said he would work to pass a bill to help students with financial issues but do not qualify for free and reduced lunches.
HASTINGS — Some boating equipment spotted under the Hastings Bridge on the Mississippi River May 20 was a little out of the ordinary. The U.S. Army generally holds its drills in Red Wing, but launched its boat a little farther north this year, using the boat launch in Hastings instead. Residents could see soldiers and the boat training under the city's trademark bridge.
HASTINGS — The Regina Auxiliary's Spring Thrifty Treasures Sale is underway the Regina Senior Living Chapel lobby, 1175 Nininger Road. A $3 bag sale will also be held from 9 1.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24. All are welcome to the sale. Donations are being accepted Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 at the Senior Living Activities Room. Items will also be accepted in the chapel lobby Monday, May 21 and until noon Tuesday, May 22. Items should be clean and in good condition.
ST. PAUL — The SMART Center is inching forward, as local officials wait with bated breath for what the end of session could bring. The state House this week announced that the (Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Training) SMART Center has been flagged for nearly $6.6 million in its state funding. The SMART Center's price tag is $13.2, and the county is asking for half from state bonding. The other $6.6 million is already in their county budget plan.
COTTAGE GROVE — A fire in the Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area lit over 80 acres ablaze for the better part of the afternoon April 25. The land, managed by the DNR, caught fire before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and spread across the prairie area. DNR helicopters mapped the fire and dropped water on it from above. On the ground, firefighters used water bag packs and ATVs fitted with sprayers to extinguish the vast brush and grass fire. Over a third of the nearly 240-acre natural area was affected by the fire.
Triple Angels Healthcare, a senior living and assistance company, is proposing a new 20-bed facility along Highway 61. The building at 7150 West Point Douglas Road is a one-floor, 10-room building set up with two beds in each room. The building will be able to serve 20 seniors. Construction will be done in two phases, starting with the 10-unit building. An addition to the facility to be constructed in the future will double the size.