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Metropolitan State announces graduates

Several students from Hastings received their degrees from Metropolitan State University during its 91st commencement ceremony on Dec. 18, 2012, in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Included among the graduates are: Jennifer Cross, BSN in nursing; Christopher Dodge, BS in business administration; Debra French Pope, BA in psychology; Elizabeth Kaiser, BA in writing, cum laude; Daniel Ronken, BA in business administration; Denise Rucker, BSN in nursing; Carlos Sackitey, BS in accounting, magna cum laude; Thomas Waugh, BS in alcohol and drug counseling, magna cum laude; and Megan White, BS in human resources.

Hastings plumbers help the needy

Hastings residents Jim Siebenaler and Tom Hitchchock from St. Paul Plumbers Local No. 34, along with 141 other union volunteer plumbers around the state, repaired plumbing problems for 115 low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners during Project Water's Off held Saturday, April 6, at an estimated value of $70,500.

Area contractors Muska Plumbing and Genz-Ryan Plumbing and Heating provided parts, tools and trucks for the event.

Each year hundreds of union volunteer plumbers and contractors from the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association (MMCA) and the Metro Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association help needy homeowners reduce their water bills by fixing leaky fixtures. The free service, which includes all parts and labor, is available to homeowners who qualify through their local Community Action Programs.

Water's Off started in the Twin Cities in 1994 and is now a national volunteer program. Minnesota holds the largest Water's Off in the nation with support from Minneapolis/St. Cloud Plumbers Local No. 15 and St. Paul/Mankato Plumbers Local No. 34 and Rochester Plumbers Local No. 6.

Hastings family physicians attend spring refresher in St. Paul

Marla DeWitt, M.D., and Lizbet Ronning, M.D., who practice in Hastings, attended the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Spring Refresher at the River Centre in downtown St. Paul. Close to 400 family physicians gathered for the biggest Continuing Medical Education (CME) session for family doctors in the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students organized to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAFP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States with more than 103,000 members.