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Coast Guard Seeks Input on Stillwater Lift Bridge Schedule

With the seasons changing, the Stillwater Lift Bridge will rise more often, but on Wednesday the U.S. Coast Guard wants input on a new lift schedule that would raise the bridge fewer times during peak commute times.

Here's the current and proposed weekly schedule where changes are:

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Hastings Off-Leash Dog Park Discussed at Open House

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Hastings community members and their dogs may soon have their first off-leash dog park.

The new park will be the focus of a public open house Tuesday.

Ex-DNR Employee Gets Probation in Data Breach

A former state employee accused of looking up private driver's license data on thousands of people while he worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been sentenced to two years probation.
    

Burning Restrictions Begin Monday Across the State

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As all of the snow and ice begins to melt, the fire danger is expected to increase. Because of this, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is putting burning restrictions in place beginning Monday.

Oil Splatters on Houses in Hugo after Spill

An oil line in Hugo erupted Tuesday, spilling 25 gallons of the crude substance and creating an oily mess in the city, according to the mayor.

The wind picked up the oil and it splattered across 10 houses southeast of the spill, Mayor Tom Weidt said. HAZMAT crews on the scene said there was no need for an evacuation and there was no danger to the community.

Hwy 61 Reduced to 1 Lane in Each Direction near Hastings Bridge Friday

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Construction work near the Hastings Bridge starts Friday morning, and could cause some delays.

Highway 61 will be down to a single lane in both directions, from the north side of the Mississippi River to just south of the Highway 10 intersection. The lane closures will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

No Explanation Given after 2 South Washington Co. Superintendents Quit

Two of the top bosses in the sixth-largest and fastest-growing school district in the state have quit their jobs, and there has been no public explanation.