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Dakota County, the City of Rosemount and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are planning safety and efficiency improvements to Highway 55 at the intersections of County Road 42 as well as Fahey Avenue. This project will consist of adding a dedicated left turn lane on westbound Highway 55 onto County Road 42 and dedicated left turn lane on eastbound Highway 55 onto Fahey Avenue. The roadway ditches will be graded to divert and infiltrate stormwater runoff to help improve water quality. The project is expected to be done in early November.
The city of Cannon Falls is setting up a shelter at the high school for residents affected by Thursday night's storms, as well as to shelter residents from a care center evacuated because of a generator fire, according to a city news release Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Mayor Robby Robinson declared a state of emergency.
A Colorado meat distributor is recalling more than 130,000 pounds of ground chuck that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release Sept. 19. The ground beef was packaged June 21, 2018 and shipped to retail locations nationwide. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service urges people who may have purchased the ground beef and stored it in a freezer to throw it out.
Severe weather is expected to blow through the region tonight and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
A one-hour organ concert featuring Jim Hockin will be held 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury. The concert will feature music by Mozart, Clérambault, Bach, Haydn, Gigout and others. It is free and open to all. Submitted photo
Axia Home Loans has opened an office at 830 Vermillion St., Hastings. Axia is the only 100 percent employee-owned mortgage banking firm in the United States, creating sustainable home ownership through responsible lending.
Fluttering monarch butterflies were a common sight at Lebanon Hills Regional Park this summer. For the third year in a row, Dakota County Parks staff raised wild-caught monarch caterpillars and released the adult butterflies in an effort to collect data for migration research and to help stem the species' population decline.
Riders and motorists should exercise extreme caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the road for the Fall Flood Run. As many as 30,000 riders will be traveling between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Red Cross, Sport Clips team up for childhood cancer awareness During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. Those who come out to give blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips via email. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2018, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
The Hastings Area Swim Team (HAST) had a lot to celebrate in July, starting with the BLAST Summer Sizzler on July 12-15 at the Falls Aquatic Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Thirty-seven HAST swimmers competed, teaming up to achieve the following 'new' times: A-1, BB-7, B-10 and C-1. Mitchell LeMay was named the swimmer of the meet. He swam seven-out-of-nine best times and cut more than 37 seconds overall. Mitchell earned a new BB time in the 200 individual medley (IM).