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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.
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).