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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
The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Coalition honored three individuals at their sixth annual gala on Friday, Nov. 3. Judy Johnson, Debbie Saunders and Allen Saunders were awarded the Arts Heroes award. Each year, the new arts heroes are chosen by those who have already received the award. The decision is based on the amount and quality of service that the new arts hero has given to the arts in their community.
The Hastings School District election will take place Nov. 7. Voters will weigh in on a $49.5 million bond measure and an operating levy. They also will fill three four-year seats on the school board. There are four candidates: Scott Gergen, Dave Pemble, Kelsey Waits and Kim Christensen. Also, Peter Blissenbach is the only candidate in a special election for a fourth school board seat.
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The Hastings High School Marching Band was named state champions at the Youth in Music Marching Band Championships at U.S. Bank Stadium Saturday, Oct. 14. The Raiders were named Class A Minnesota state champions out of 10 bands in their class. This is the fourth time that the Raiders have been named class A state champions. They also won in 2012, 2013, 2014. In addition to winning the championship, they received awards for outstanding winds, outstanding percussion and outstanding color guard in their class.
This spring I was on the citizens' committee studying the maintenance needs of our school district. We identified many issues and considered the costs of addressing them. In the end, "wants" and "wishes" fell away, and to keep your taxes flat, only what is necessary remained. Your vote to support the bond issue will be a vote to keep the kids of our district in a healthy, safe learning environment that prepares them for tomorrow's challenges.
A group of community members spent early Sunday morning, Sept. 24, pulling weeds from a section of the roadway in Hastings. The group, organized by council members Tina Folch and Lisa Leifeld, cleaned the area on Vermillion Street from 19th Street to Highway 316. Folch brought the topic of road blight to the city council Sept. 5. She said that she had noticed many of the medians in town have weed growth. Maintenance of the area is the responsibility of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Hastings police recently arrested a man involved with counterfeit activity in the city. Steven Kenneth Kuhns, 49, of Hastings, has been charged with three counts of counterfeiting currency, receiving stolen property and obstructing the legal process. "Thanks to the hard work of our initial responding officers, a significant counterfeiting operation was dismantled," said Bryan Schafer, Hastings chief of police.