Hastings’ building official, Tom Bakken, looks forward to winter every year. An avid skier, he spends much of his free time on the slopes when they’re open. This year, he set himself a goal: ski 58 times – once for every year he’s been alive.
The Hastings Public Works Department encourages community members to report pot holes in need of repair on public streets within the City limits. Now anyone can anonymously text the exact location of the pot hole to City staff using the City's Tip411 account.
It looks like it will be a while yet before the former Hudson building in downtown Hastings is redeveloped.
Last Thursday, the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority, which owns the building, reviewed three redevelopment concept plans for the building, but none of them were particularly attractive to commissioners present. Only Pam Holzem, Ron Toppin and Anthony Alongi were at the meeting. Because there was no quorum, the meeting was held as a workshop and no formal action was taken.
In March of 1989, Dave Osberg took a new job. He had been working in St. James when the city administrator position in Hastings opened up.
City Hall had a much different dynamic back then. There was significant unrest in the council prior to Osberg’s hiring, and it continued in some measure into the first part of his career here. Anyone who came into his position would have had a tough time, Osberg said.
In early March, an overnight snowstorm meant an unpleasant surprise for Hastings resident Jane Snyder.
Weather reports had been predicting snow, so Snyder watched the news to see if there were going to be any school closings or snow emergencies. Seeing none, she figured she would just have to get up early to clear the vehicle off before going to work.
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