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How long should governmental agencies be required to retain emails before purging them? Longer than you might first think. A measure working its way through the Minnesota Senate would require schools, cities, townships, counties, etc., to retain electronic records for at least 18 months. That certainly would be better than a mere year, as one House lawmaker proposes, but 18 months doesn't cut it when you consider how long it takes governments to act on some issues.
Four Hastings students were part of the Minnesota Band Director Association's 7-8 and 9-10 honor jazz bands recently. Jonah Walt, Ben Siebenaler, Carter Teegarden and Allison Amy performed at Lakeville South High School Saturday, March 4. The 7-8 Band was under the direction of Dr. John Paulson and the 9-10 Jazz Band was under the direction of Doug Little.
The city of Hastings and Dakota County will be testing the new backup system for siren activation on Wednesday, March 15, at 1 p.m. to ensure that the system is working properly. There will be a brief siren test on the city of Hastings and Dakota County sirens within ten miles of the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant.
Annual town meetings are a form of direct democracy To the editor, Every year Minnesota townships are required to have an "Annual Town Meeting." It is held the second Tuesday of March, which is March 14 this year. It is a true form of direct democracy, encouraging all members of the community to participate.
Three Hastings High School instrumentalists were featured at the Minnesota Music Educators Association annual conference. Two HHS seniors, Will Alongi (percussion) and Katherine McCord (French horn) were selected by audition to participate in the MMEA All-State band. Both Alongi and McCord participated with the rest of the band in a week-long camp last August. In February, they rejoined the group for rehearsals and performed Saturday, Feb. 18, at Orchestra Hall. The All-State band was directed by Jerry Luckhart of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
It's almost the end of the season for Hastings High School's show choirs. All three choirs performed at the Totino-Grace "Show Choir Spectacular" Saturday, March 4, in Fridley. For Upstage Revolution and Divaz, it was the last performance of the season. Riverside Company still has one competition stage left, the Heart of America Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Over the past weeks — and in the upcoming weeks — we've had the privilege of reporting on several local student athletes who have made it to state tournaments in their various sports. This week, we dedicate this space to them and say congratulations.
Rep. Jason Lewis' missed opportunities On Saturday, Feb. 25, I attended a town hall meeting in Burnsville, the last of three town halls scheduled for Rep. Jason Lewis during his week home from Congress. These meetings were created in hopes that it would compel the congressman to participate in dialogue with the constituents of his district. Unfortunately, Rep. Lewis was a no-show for all three events.
Hastings High School hosted its own show choir competition Saturday, Feb. 25. The event attracted 15 show choirs in Class A and Class AA; some choirs had to cancel due to winter weather conditions last Friday. Two schools from Bemidji and Waconia joined the event last-minute. Hastings' three show choirs (Riverside Company, Upstage Revolution and Divaz) all performed their shows at the event, but as the host school, they did not compete.