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Smead Manufacturing in Hastings announced a change in operations that will close one production and distribution facility in Locust Grove, Ga., and transfer the majority of production and distribution activities from the Hastings plant to other Smead locations. The restructuring, which is designed to streamline operations and improve efficiency, according to a press release, will eliminate about 150 positions in Georgia and 100 positions in Minnesota. Production and distribution facilities in Utah, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas will continue to operate.
Two vehicles collided south of Hastings on Ravenna Trail on Thursday afternoon at about 3:25 p.m. The crash occurred near the intersection of 185th Street and Ravenna Trail. It was a head-on collision between two vehicles. A four-door passenger vehicle was traveling north on Ravenna Trail and crossed the center line. It then struck a southbound SUV. The driver of the northbound vehicle, Timothy Gusk, 57, of St. Paul, was pronounced dead on the scene. Lihua Jing, 56, a passenger of the SUV, was also dead on the scene. Two people were transported for treatment.
A significant grass fire was found south of Hastings Wednesday, July 10. The fire was reported at 2:25 p.m. along County Road 18 between Treasure Island Resort and Casino and the Etter Bridge. The Hastings Fire Department believes the fire was sparked by a passing train. The fire burned about 18 acres of grass and open land. No homes were affected. Hastings was assisted by crews from the Miesville, Hampton-Randolph and Red Wing fire departments.
The Hastings Bridge Project - three years in the making - has reached an exciting and critical milestone: late today, construction crews will reroute the southbound lane of traffic on Highway 61 onto the new Hastings Bridge. Approximately 24 hours later, crews will reroute the northbound lane of traffic on Highway 61 onto the new bridge. Please note that the pedestrian walkway will not be completed until the end of the year - no pedestrians will be allowed on the bridge.
The annual inspection of the Hastings bridge was planned to take two weeks, but crews finished their work last week. There are no lane closures planned this week. The inspection had closed one lane of the bridge between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. last week, causing long delays for travelers.
Motorists traveling northbound Highway 61 in Hastings will encounter delays as the road is reduced to a single lane between 15th Street and 14th Street at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 10. The road will reopen by 9 p.m. Friday, May 11. The lane closure is needed as crews repair a broken water main beneath the roadway. The work is not part of the Hastings Bridge project. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org .
A 61-year-old Northfield woman, Dayna Kristine Bell, has been charged with 16 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the deaths of many puppies and dogs in her care in September 2011. Bell is the owner and operator of Bells Kennels in Sciota Township, Dakota County. On Sept. 27, 2011, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office received a report of cruelty and maltreatment of animals by Bell. A witness reported that Bell had drowned puppies and other dogs in late September.
A 23-year-old Hampton man, Adam Michael Stein, died as he walked along Highway 61 at 220th Street early Sunday morning. Stein was walking southbound when he was struck by a pick-up truck driven by Sai Kao Yang, 76, St. Paul. Neither Yang nor Pa Vang, 58, a passenger in the truck, was injured. Stein was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was reported about 4:30 a.m. No other information was available. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Stein was walking in the traffic lane when he was struck.
Highway 61 motorists traveling through Hastings may experience delays beginning June 8 when the roadway is reduced to a single lane between Spiral Bridge Road, near Hub's Landing, and Third Street in downtown Hastings. The lane closure will take place between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8 and again on Thursday, June 9 through Friday, June 10. A flagging crew will control traffic to allow for alternating traffic across the bridge during the closure.
Motorists traveling southbound Highway 61 into Hastings may experience delays overnight beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, when the roadway is reduced to a single lane between approximately Spiral Bridge Road (the entrance to Hub's Marina) and the Hastings Highway 61 Bridge. The lane closure will take place between 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, and 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.