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The City of Hastings has declared a snow emergency. The snow emergency status will remain in effect until the snowfall has stopped and streets have been cleared from curb to curb. Due to the continual snowfall, the cleanup will require multiple passes and is expected to take between 24 to 48 hours to complete.
Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau recently announced the winners of the 2018 Community Awards. Business of the Year: The Y in Hastings The YMCA in Hastings touches more than 10,000 people each year through programs and memberships. The recent expansion helped the Y continue to reinvest in the services and people that give back to the Hastings community.
Hastings High School student Sophia Sanchez was named the Hastings Rotary Club's December Student of the Month. Sanchez was honored at a Rotary meeting Dec. 14. Sanchez was chosen as student of the month for her leadership skills, compassion for classmates and her dedication to the activities she is involved in. She is a leader within several clubs including the Knowledge Bowl, Spanish Club, Spanish Honors Society, orchestra, Raider's Digest newspaper and the Feminism Club.
Pedestrians in Hastings will soon be able to use crossing flags at one of its busiest intersections. The city will test a new pilot program designed to give pedestrians increased visibility as they cross the street in the area near Cub Foods and Target.
The 2018 theme for the Hastings Reads program is "Refugee Voices." This year's book selection is "The Song Poet" by Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang. The elementary book selection is "Their Great Gifts" by Jon Coy and the middle school book selection is "Home of the Brave" by Katherine Applegate.
Thanks for support of school district My Thanksgiving Day started with listening to the Hastings Middle School choir singing the National Anthem at the Gobble Gait starting line, watching a Vikings win, sharing a meal with family, and wrapped up learning a new card game from my kids (with some help from Wikipedia to sort out the "real" rules). What a lot I have to be thankful for!
Hastings City Council member Tina Folch is running for a Minnesota House seat. Folch will run as a DFLer in House District 54B next year. She's the first candidate to announce a challenge to Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, who is in his first term representing the district. "I am running because I can no longer stand by and watch the Legislature turn its back on its responsibilities to our district like an absentee landlord," Folch said in announcing her bid Monday, Nov. 27.
The Hmong American Farmers Association was recently awarded $247,425 from the Bush Foundation as part of the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation.
One of my goals this year is to better incorporate science as it happens in the real world into the science we learn in the classroom. This helps the students realize that science happens all around us, and every single day, discoveries are made; sometimes they are made by amazing, renowned scientists, and sometimes by an unsuspecting, budding scientist! I am most looking forward to seeing how the teacher-student and student-student relationship grow and change throughout the year.
Hastings Middle School Theater Department presented Dr. Dolittle Jr. Nov. 2-3 in the HMS auditorium. The musical is based on the "Dr. Dolittle" stories by Hugh Lofting and the 20th Century Fox Film. The book, music and lyrics are by Leslie Bricusse. Audiences enjoyed the story of Dr. Dolittle and his search for the giant pink shell snail. The play was directed by Zach Filkins with musical director Katherine Warren. The technical director was Anne Blessing and the costume assistant was Sara Lawrence. Cast Dr. John Dolittle, Alex Ussatis