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The East Metro Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce violinist Joan Molloy as its new concertmaster. Molloy served as guest concertmaster for "A Celebration of Finnish Music," the final concert in the orchestra's 2016-17 concert season, and returns as a permanent replacement for Michal Sobieski, EMSO's previous concertmaster, who retired last year. "I am happy to have been invited to work with EMSO and am looking forward to an exciting year together," Molloy said.
BreakAway Arts and Cafe, Caring Hands Massage and Spa, and MindfulMotion Pilates, Fitness and Ayurveda are teaming up to offer two new classes beginning next month in Hastings.
MINNEAPOLIS—An Apple Valley, Minn., man has pleaded guilty to killing a St. Paul woman in a car crash after drinking and driving last summer in Minneapolis. Israel Delos Santos, 30, pleaded guilty Friday, Sept. 22, to one count of criminal vehicular homicide—driving with alcohol concentration above 0.08.
You've seen our booth at Heritage Days and Strawberry Fest. You've heard us speak in St. Paul Park, Cottage Grove and Grey Cloud Township. We're the Citizens to Preserve Residential Communities, a nonprofit group of local residents. We are fighting BNSF Railroad's plans for a new rail and auto yard in St. Paul Park, which will slash our home values and threaten the actual survival of our towns. BNSF recently lost in a California court, a similar case where they tried to bully homeowners.
Westfields cardiac rehab program receives certification
AFTON, Minn. — On Aug. 22, more than 60 volunteers planted 350 trees at Belwin Conservancy's Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields. The trees were purchased using a grant from the Super Bowl LII Urban Forestry Program, whose aim is to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave a positive, "green" legacy in host communities. The trees will serve as a windbreak and sound barrier from nearby Interstate 94, as well as provide habitat for birds and other species.
ST. PAUL—Bob Dylan will return to the Twin Cities for the first time in three years when he headlines St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 25 with support from gospel singer Mavis Staples. Tickets are priced from $129.50 to $52.50 and go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—This year's Minnesota State Fair was yet another record-breaker. Attendance over the 12 days this year was 1,997,320, the Fair announced Tuesday morning. That beats last year's record of 1,943,719. Along with setting the record for the year, fairgoers also broke three daily records. Here's the attendance by day: • Thursday, Aug. 24: 117,877; • Friday, Aug. 25: 125,324; • Saturday, Aug. 26: 158,525; • Sunday, Aug. 27: 197,891; • Monday, Aug. 28: 144,504 — record; • Tuesday, Aug. 29: 132,120;
Merchants Bank's "Swipe Out Hunger" Facebook giveaway has concluded with a donation of $1,000 to Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. The campaign also resulted in $2,500 to Hastings Family Service, among other donation recipients.
Give blood, get a haircut The American Red Cross is partnering with Sport Clips Haircuts to offer a free haircut coupon to blood and platelet donors in September. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.