An Afton man was killed Wednesday in a boat crash on the St. Croix River.
According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, David Joseph Riley, 40, was killed and two others were injured in the crash.
While their classmates have got an early start on summer, the four Hastings High School graduation speakers have been hard at work this week refining their speeches and practicing both indoors and outdoors.
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 Rivertown Lions 21st annual citywide garage sales will be held Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. More than 80 garage sales are scheduled. Look for the bright pink signs.
Items for sale includes clothing, furniture, tools, books, knick knacks, children’s items, collectibles and hunting and fishing equipment. The maps/listings of the sales will be published in the May 2 issue of the Star Gazette.
Next weekend, Hastings High School students will put on a show that’s very different from ones they’ve done in the past. This year’s spring musical is “Once Upon a Mattress.” More than 35 students are involved in the cast, technical crew and orchestra.
A lot can change in 100 years. The Hastings Cooperative Creamery Association, which last week celebrated its 100th anniversary, has seen several changes of its own, but one thing has remained at its core.
“We seek to benefit our farmers,” said Dave Zwart, the plant manager.
The co-op is a milk processing and bottling operation that is owned by the farmers who send their milk there. Currently, there are 105 owners, or patrons, as they’re called. Between them, there are about 8,000 cows. The bottling plant can see up to five milk trucks a day, dropping off about 50,000 pounds of milk each, and the plant does about $40 million in sales per year.
As the father of three girls and a police officer who has responded to and investigated many sexual assault cases over the years, I am concerned. If you follow the headlines, you know that sexual violence perpetrated against women and children is an all too common occurrence. This reality can be overwhelming, but it’s important to understand that sexual violence can be prevented if we all play our part.
A century well lived … and still going strong.
Helen Gergen was born April 10, 1913, to Paul and Emma Endres. She grew up on a farm in rural Hampton with her parents and siblings. This week, she turned 100 years old.
When budgets get squeezed, it’s inevitable that programs are lost. That’s exactly the case in the Hastings school district this year. Bundled in with a number of staff reductions across the district are the elimination of two high school extracurricular programs: cheerleading and the math team.
The cuts are a result of reduced school funding due to declining enrollment. The state pays schools a certain amount per pupil, and fewer students means fewer dollars.
The United Way of Hastings is recognizing National Volunteer Week by getting the word out about its E-Volunteer Network.
The network compiles a list for both volunteers to browse and organizations to list their openings.
Last year, Hastings High School’s top show choir, Riverside Company, made its first appearance at the Show Choir Nationals and placed third. Last weekend, the choir returned to nationals, held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., and did even better. Judges ranked them the second best high school show choir in the nation.
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