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O'Connor's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and Benjamin Franklin have added a third entity for in-home service. Mr. Sparky Electrical has officially opened its doors to begin service for homeowners in the Hastings area.

These names began as a small heating, cooling and plumbing business 65 years ago and have grown into two successful brands, with Mr. Sparky becoming the third.

"Adding the electrical side of things has enabled us to be the go-to company for all in-home service needs, general manager Troy Latuff said. "One call does it all."

With a master electrician's experience available, Mr. Sparky service is top-of-the-line, backed with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. In addition, all employees are drug tested and background checked for the homeowner's safety and peace of mind.

Hastings residents can speak to a live person seven days a week, 24 hours a day to schedule an electrician to visit their home. Mr. Sparky is the nation's first electrical service company to promise "We're on time, you'll see, or the repair is free."

For more information, call 437-4177.

Regina named a 'highest-value' hospital

Regina Medical Center in Hastings has been named on of the 'highest-value' hospitals in the state by Minnesota 2020, a nonpartisan think tank.

The organization examined hospitals across the state. Those hospitals providing the best value with the healthiest outcomes maintained a strong network of primary care physicians that take a holistic, proactive approach to medicine, encourage healthy habits, monitor chronic conditions and provide routine check-ups and immunizations, according to the press release.

The report evaluated quality of care (which includes diagnosis outcomes, mortality rates and patient satisfaction) and value, as measured by Medicare reimbursements, uncompensated care and several other factors. Overall, the release said, for the quality ranking, the margins between positions were sometimes very small, indicating Minnesota hospitals, in general, deliver high quality health care.

Stampin' Up demonstrator plans workshop

Stampin' Up! has partnered with Build-A-Bear Workshop to produce the first ever paper crafting products featuring the Build-a-Bear Workshop brand. These products include stamp sets, designer series papers and Sizzix dies.

Stampin' Up1's Build-A-Bear Workshop Collection will feature products portraying the Build-a-Bear Workshop mascot Bearemy and other furry friends.

Hastings-based Stampin Up! demonstrator BJ Peters will host a Build-A-Bear Workshop at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 to show the collection of Build-A-Bear products.

Those interested in attending this event or scheduling a personal crafting event with Peters should visit

Stotko Speedling receives National Eagle Award

Stotko Speedling Construction Inc. of Hastings recently received a prestigious National Eagle Award for the Michael Frome Academy in Woodbury, Minn. The Associated Builders and Contractors National Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony was held June 24 in Washington, D.C. Chris Bauer, Project Manager/LEED AP accepted the award on behalf of Stotko Speedling Construction.

Michael Frome Academy is the first environmental K-5 charter school in Minnesota. Competing with other projects nationwide, the Michael Frome Academy was awarded top honor in the 'Commercial - Less Than $2 Million' category. Award winners are considered to demonstrate outstanding quality, leadership, innovation, and safety in the construction industry.