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On Thursday, Nov. 1, a paid political letter titled "Hastings City Council Concern" was published on the Hastings Star Gazette website and on page A5 in the print product referencing a 2015 civil lawsuit settlement. The letter referred to a settlement agreement between a former city employee and the City of Hastings. The letter included certain claims about City of Hastings Administrative Services Director Julie Flaten. All of those claims appear to be factually unsupportable, and the Gazette therefore hereby retracts them.
Frito-Lay is voluntarily recalling half-ounce bags of Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Flavored popcorn that were inadvertently filled with cheese-flavored tortilla chips that contain undeclared milk ingredients potentially dangerous to people with a milk allergy or severe sensitivity, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration notice issued Nov. 2, 2018. The recalled bags were distributed to retailers in several states, include Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Oltman Middle School announced the Scholars of the Month for October. Students were selected based on their outstanding demonstration of one or more of the following life skills: integrity, caring, common sense, initiative, effort, perseverance, organization, flexibility, pride, problem solving, responsibility, cooperation, sense of humor, patience, friendship, curiosity and courage. Students and their parents attended a breakfast in their honor sponsored by Hy-Vee, Ed's Trophy, Applebee's, Park Grove Bowl, Jimmy John's and Minnesota Historical Society.
Dozens of area Minnesota National Guard soldiers arrived at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait on a nine-month deployment to the Middle East, according to a news release Monday, Nov. 5. They join more than 600 soldiers in the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division leading Task Force Spartan, designed to build capacity, regional self-reliance and stability in 20 countries.
Voters will find statewide, regional and local candidates on ballots Tuesday Nov. 6 for the midterm election. Here are some resources to help get informed before heading to the polls.
A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout Washington County Parks continues. The next hike will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Big Marine Park Reserve. Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county's natural resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant. This is a one-hour guided hike; meet at the playground parking lot.
The next meeting of the Pineridge Garden Club is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S. Join the members for an evening of fun and garden videos. Create a nutritious bird seed covered pine cone for a Tweet Treat to hang in your yard. Enjoy the third annual "Garden Flix" — a collection of slideshow videos of the club's 2018 Yard Award Gardens and members gardens. All interested gardeners are invited to attend. More information at www.pineridgegardenclub.org .
HealthPartners will hold its annual Halloween candy trade-in Thursday Nov. 1 and Friday Nov. 2 at 31 locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Collected candy will be shipped to military service members in care packs along with handwritten notes by local children. The trade-in is put on by the HealthPartners PowerUp program designed to help families eat better and get active. Children donating candy will receive a PowerUp prize. More than 2,000 pounds of candy was collected in the area in 2017, HealthPartners says.
Washington County will conduct confidential document shredding at the county's Environmental Center 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Environmental Center is at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive, Woodbury and provides residents with a free and convenient disposal option for household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables year-round. The center is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The center accepts household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables.
Circus of the Heart, an annual celebration of adoption will take place 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at Northern Star Scouting Base Camp in St. Paul. A critical shortage of foster and adoptive parents in Minnesota exists. On any given day in Minnesota, there are over 10,000 children in foster care and 820 waiting to be adopted. Learn about resources available to foster and adoptive families. Hear the success stories of local children and families who have experienced adoption.