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A 16-year-old Hastings High School student, Madeline Rose Sake, was killed Thursday evening in a two-vehicle crash just south of Hastings. The three people in the second vehicle were transported to Regina Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Lewiston Boulevard south of 190th Street. Lewiston Boulevard is a gravel road located in Marshan Township. Sake was driving a 2003 Kia and was the lone occupant of the vehicle. She was transferred by air ambulance to Regions Hospital in St.
She has been performing in theater for years -- it is her major at college. He is a Hastings High School teacher and is new to this acting role. Together, Jane Burkitt and Bill Ruder are the leads -- Mari and Captain Von Trapp -- in the Black Dirt Theater production of "The Sound of Music" scheduled for performances beginning Friday, July 27. The cast is comprised of more than 100 people from south Washington County and the greater metro area. "I have been performing in theater as long as I can remember," said Burkitt.
A former Rice County inmate, now incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, has been charged with conspiracy to murder Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Dakota County District Judge Rex Stacey. The Rice County Attorney's office on Wednesday charged John Stephen Woodward, 47, with two counts of conspiracy to commit premeditated first degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault - great bodily harm. According to the complaint, investigators learned that Woodward hired and agreed to pay money to another inmate to murder Backstro
The youth charged in connection with the April 5 Hastings Middle School lockdown incident has pleaded guilty to three felony counts of assault in the second degree. He appeared in Dakota County Juvenile Court Monday, July 26, before Judge Michael Mayer. Mayer ruled the youth as delinquent, stayed an adult prison sentence of 108 months, and placed the youth in a long-term program at the Juvenile Detention Center.
The long wait is almost over. Construction on a new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings should begin this fall, although some preliminary work such as utilities could begin yet this summer. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announcement last week that it has awarded the contract to build the new bridge to the Lunda/Ames team for its tied-arch bridge design culminates years of work by city, state and federal officials to replace the existing bridge.
When the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced June 4 that the team of Lunda/Ames would be the apparent contractor for the new Highway 61 bridge, Mn/Dot officials were somewhat surprised by the low bid. So were many others. Still the cost savings are in line with what Man/DOT is seeing for other projects this year. "From what I've been told, the cost savings we're seeing on the Hastings bridge project are pretty much in line with what we are seeing on other large projects," said Mn/DOT public affairs coordinators J.P. Gillach.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) announced Friday afternoon that the team of Lunda/Ames is the apparent contractor for the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings. Its bid of about $120 million is about $100 million less than expected for the project, scheduled to begin later this year. A final contract for the project is expected to be finalized in three to five weeks, or right after July 4, according to project manager Steve Kordosky.
Monday's fatal crash just north of the Highway 61 bridge raised ongoing questions about the speed and length of the J-type concrete median along that portion of the highway. The crash occurred in the area where there is no concrete median and the speed limit is 40 miles per hour.
Roman Urevich Tokarev, 27, the man involved in a police chase Dec.
An 18-year-old Hastings man faces two charges of fourth-degree assault following an incident Nov. 21 in Hastings. During the incident, a Hastings Police officer was assaulted while at a residence. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, police were called to the residence on the report of an injured individual. When officers arrived at the residence, Benjamin Simon Chapman would not let them assist him and told them not to get near him. While waiting for the ambulance, Chapman began yelling and attempted to get up from a couch.