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Washington, Dakota and Goodhue counties were included in an air-quality alert issued for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to the alert:
The American Red Cross will hold the sixth-annual 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Inwood Oaks, 484 Inwood Ave. N., Oakdale. It is Minnesota's largest, one-day Red Cross blood drive.
Hastings Bierstube will host author Frank Weber on Thursday, Dec. 20. The author event is free and open to any person or club members that enjoy reading mystery/thrillers. Weber will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Bierstube's "new addition." Attendees are invited for a meal or beverage before the event begins. Books, including Weber's newly released book, "The I-94 Murders," will be available for purchase and personalization at the event.
A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall on an infant ibuprofen product distributed to Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar retail stores. The product was found to have potentially higer levels of ibuprofen than what is listed on the box, according to a news release Dec. 5, 2018 .
Lane closures are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 on I-494 in Woodbury and I-694 in Oakdale for median work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
There will be no mail delivery Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as the Postal Service observes a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush. Wednesday editions of the Woodbury Bulletin, South Washington County Bulletin, Pierce County Herald and Red Wing Republican Eagle will be delivered Thursday. The papers will be available on newsstands Wednesday as usual.
The first two musical acts were announced Monday, Dec. 3 for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair Grandstand lineup: 90s rockers and the parody song king.
Merchants Bank is launching its 10th annual 10 Days of Giving food drive for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in Cottage Grove and the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf in Woodbury. The drive runs Dec. 1-10. Last year, the 10 Days of Giving collected 21,253 food and personal items and $171.95 in cash donations for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. People are asked to bring toiletries and monetary donations to Merchants Bank, 8479 E. Point Douglas Road S. Checks can be made out to the "10 Days of Giving."
Oltman Middle School announced the Scholars of the Month for November. 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.
Public and private health care insurance plans play important supporting roles in the current U.S. coverage strategy. Neither sector can do it alone. People need to keep that fact in the forefront as the "Medicare-for-all" debate heats up, talk grows of a crippling national debt and seniors scramble to change their Medicare supplemental plans before the open enrollment window closes. Some key details make up our reality. First, 2018 brings a dramatic change in the Medicare enrollment process.