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The Raiders Marching Band won first place at the Rosemount Marching Festival Sept. 16. The team also earned awards for Outstanding Winds, Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Colorguard and Outstanding Drum Major. There were seven teams in the competition.
Hastings Community Television was recently recognized at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference (NATOA) in Seattle. The local public access station won several awards at the national conference. The station received two first place awards in an open budget category which means stations with a smaller budget like Hastings competes with stations like Seattle's with a million-dollar budget.
We should be honored by Schutt's service to city I have known Michael Schutt for 37 years. Never before have I seen an individual so dedicated and passionate about serving the Hastings Fire Department and the city of Hastings. We should all not only be thankful, but honored by his sacrifice, as well as the sacrifice of all our fire and law enforcement officers we have in Hastings.
The Hastings High School marching band took first place in two competitions Sept. 9. The group participated in a competition at Eden Prairie High School and Eastview High School. "This was an amazing weekend for the band," said Emily Chandler, HHS marching band director. The band earned first place in Class A against seven other bands at Eden Prairie High School. In addition, the band won awards for Outstanding Winds, Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Drum Major.
Will our politicians in Washington ever work in a cooperative manner to solve our problems today? What can unify Republicans and Democrats to work on issues to improve the lives of all Americans and the entire planet? Contrary to what you hear and see in the media, there is encouraging news.
Six people have filed affidavits of candidacy for the upcoming District 200 school board member election. The general election will be held Nov. 7, 2017. Four members will be elected to the school board. Three members will be elected for four years each. A special election will be held in conjunction with the general election for one individual to be elected to fill a term expiring Jan. 1, 2020. Current board members Dan Cater, Andy Bertram and Scott Gergen are at the end of their elected terms. The other vacancy is currently being held by Peter Blissenbach.
Hastings Family Service will participate in the Open Your Heart Summer Challenge in the month of July to receive a proportional match based on the amount raised. The Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will provide the OYH Summer Challenge to help Minnesota food shelves boost their donations at a time that they need it most. Schools play a big role in feeding hungry kids during the school year, but when school is out in the summer many kids go without.
Let's Go Fishing, a nonprofit organization initiated by the Hastings Area Rotary Club, has a goal to provide fishing and boating excursions as an activity for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The organization is planned and operated by volunteers, and is free of cost, with the exception of having a current Minnesota fishing license (if fishing).
The 2017 Hastings youth football camp, put on by HHS football players and coaches, will be held July 10, 11 and 12; from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (6:30-7:30 Wed). The camp is for all youth entering 5th-8th grade and will be without pads. It will be held at the HHS practice fields but campers should report to the football equipment shed. They should wear workout gear and bring their own water bottle/jug.
"Feeling of Fifty" at Christ's Family Church invites the public to a day of family, fellowship and baseball Sunday, July 9. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. The group will meet at Lions Park in Miesville for hot dogs, chips, yard games and fun before heading over to the baseball game, which begins at 2 p m. The cost of this event is adults $2 and kids $1. You can sign up at cfchastings.com. This should be a fun afternoon and great opportunity to invite family and friends. The last day to sign up will be July 2.