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HASTINGS — The Hastings Public School District and City of Hastings will host a kickoff event to expand a community-wide conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion on Sunday, April 29 from 6- 7:30 p.m. in the Hastings High School commons. The event will include a joint resolution by the City Council and the School Board that articulates common beliefs, asspirations and commitments of the city and school district. Additional information will also be provided for upcoming engagement opportunities for citizens to get involved.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced in a press release that a daily lane closure for motorists traveling northbound on Highway 61 at 15th Street in Hastings will begin April 16. At 9 a.m. on April 16-18, northbound Highway 61 will be reduced to a single lane at 15th Street for crews working on the utilities at the intersection. The lane will re-open by 3 p.m. daily through April 18.
Musicians and bands interested in playing at Make Music Day in Hastings are encouraged to fill out an application by April 15. The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department have developed a Make Music Day application to keep the event organized and structured with performances, while still providing a free, informal setting. Last year was the first year Make Music Day was held in Hastings. The event is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21.
HASTINGS — The 23rd annual Hastings Tastings event raised $26,108 for the Market, the Hastings Family Service food shelf. Proceeds from the fundraiser will receive a proportionate match from MN FoodShare. About 300 guests attended the event to taste menu specialties from 17 area food and drink establishments. Guests had the opportunity to vote for their favorite establishments in several different categories.
Danna Elling Schultz announced she will run for mayor of Hastings in the fall 2018 election. "Hastings is a great community that I am proud to call my home," Elling Schultz said. "I want to see our community grow and prosper and I feel I have the expertise and leadership skills to do that." Elling Schultz has lived in Hastings for over 30 years and works for the Minnesota Senate where she researches issues and legislation to ensure quality E-12 and higher education programs and funding.
The annual Hastings High School Empty Bowls fundraiser is set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 in the HHS commons. A silent auction and light meal will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation on hunger in our community and the world until 7 p.m.
Linnea Ronning, a fourth-grader at McAuliffe Elementary, won the school's National Geographic Bee on Jan. 25. The school bee was the first round in the 30th annual Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.
Legislation that would rehabilitate and preserve the Hastings City Hall building is moving forward in the Minnesota House. Two City staff members recently joined State Representative Tony Jurgens (R-Cottage Grove) at the Capitol to testify in favor of the bill that would allocate $1.5 million in state bonding proceeds to the efforts.
Hastings native Tina Folch received the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party for the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 54B on March. 17 at the district convention in South St. Paul. The seat is currently held by Tony Jurgens (R).
HASTINGS — Hastings Family Service announced Hastings Tastings will be held April 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Area restaurants will provide samples of their specialty menu items and there will also be a silent auction, raffles and entertainment. All proceeds raised at the event will go toward HFS and since it is MN FoodShare month, the funds will be proportionately matched.