Due to the recent heavy snowfall there may be reason to have concern over heavy snow loads on farm buildings. Many buildings still have significant amounts of snow on them with several weeks of winter yet to go. "Snow and ice accumulations on roofs cause a loading which can cause roof collapse when the
On Wednesday of last week, while I was cleaning my driveway of 8 1/2 inches of snow, I was reminded of why I am thankful to live in a caring community such as Hastings. The last part of my job was to clear the packed snow at the end of the driveway that the snowplows had left. I was about half done and was wondering if I had the energy to finish, and a pickup truck stopped and a gentleman got out. He asked me if I would like for him to help me. In no time he had the snow cleared out. For me, he was "a gift from heaven." Rosalie Eggert
My note expresses the disappointment with the decision rendered by the Dakota County Attorney Office in the OIS. This is not an indictment of the officer in the shooting death of Mr. Keagan Lloyd-Johnson, rather, to ask "How did we get here," and implore an examination of both our criminal justice system and community. I admit that I have the extreme privilege of playing a Monday morning quarterback. Shouldn't we all?
If you are being impacted by the government shutdown, Hastings Family Service can help. Many people are inquiring about the government shutdown and asking, "how is the shutdown impacting our local community?" HFS doesn't receive federal funding and has not experienced an increase in food shelf requests since the government shutdown. Federal employees have been impacted the most, but so far, we have not served anyone.
Climate change due to human activity has become a well-accepted phenomenon among climate scientists. Now the debate among scientists has shifted to how severe the consequences will be, and how long before human society will collapse if nothing is done.
Project Share 2018, the holiday assistance program at Hastings Family Service, is behind us, but I think back to the amazing whirlwind of activity and generosity that made it possible. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into packing the food, stocking the freezers with turkeys and hams (444 turkeys and 240 hams were donated by Treasure lsland Resort and Casino), stocking the HFS North Pole with hundreds of gifts and filling the warehouse with Adopt-a-Family gifts for 175 families.
A letter Don Slaten wrote against state Rep. Tony Jurgens was predictable drivel. Amazing that Slaten, who was once defeated by Jurgens and has deep connections to the local DFL party, would take shots at his former opponent, isn't it? The letter reads like it was written by a DFL Capitol insider, which Slaten is not, with all sorts of statistics relating to budget surplus projections, future state growth and inflation. Hey Don, just because the state has a surplus doesn't mean we need a bloated budget. I am with Jurgens, rein in the spending.
When I learned about the community's vision of having a conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion I knew this was historic. In this historic self-examination, I wanted my voice heard. As a citizen, I wanted to invite diverse voices and opinions to engage in this journey.
With so much division, contention and isolation making news and raising concerns, consider this opportunity to come together with others, build connections and grow in gratefulness. Let's build on the idea that there is more right and good in this world than there is wrong and negative. We find what we look for, and living gratefully can help us find meaning and energy.
In the Dec. 13 edition of the Hastings Star Gazette, Rep. Tony Jurgens SD 54B wrote in to comment on the projected state budget surplus of $1.5 billion. Although the good news is Minnesota continues to have a growing economy under the Dayton administration, the past eight years Jurgens continues to promote rhetoric that surpluses mean citizens have been over taxed. Additionally, he promotes the idea that further tax cuts should be considered. Let's look at the truth of what economists are projecting rather than just talking points.