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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.
Rosemount Area Arts Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. RAAC applied for the grant in September. The Arts Council will use the grant to purchase upgraded sound equipment to be used with its productions at the Steeple Center.
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 .
Grand Symphonic Winds is performing a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. The concert is free to attend and will include works by Arrieu, Markowski, Van, Sousa and Villa-Cortes. Special guests include Neoteric Wind Ensemble and Chris Kashjian on guitar. Grand Symphonic Winds is a Twin Cities-based civic wind ensemble is known for bringing original music to a diverse audience. It strives to expand and redefine the perception of what constitutes a concert band.
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.
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.
The Dakota County Public Art Citizens Advisory Committee is seeking original works of two-dimensional art for its Community Art Exhibition. The exhibit is one of the ways the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee is working to make local art more accessible to residents. Artists looking to display their work can submit digital images. All ages are welcome, one entry per person. Entrants must live in Dakota County. The submission deadline varies by season: Dec. 1 — winter art, March 1 — spring art, June 1 — summer art, Sept. 14 — fall art.
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.