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This year marks the start of what could be a major redevelopment project. The city is searching out a consultant to help develop a master plan for the Vermillion Street Corridor. We don't know yet exactly what this master plan will say. We don't know exactly what it will include. But we do know that it is intended to work for the benefit of local businesses and to improve the aesthetics of one of the city's primary sources of traffic.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that Gerard Leonard Roy, 56, of Prior Lake, has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 82 months in prison for fraud and money laundering in connection with a series of construction companies he owned and operated.
Early Tuesday morning this past week, Mayor Paul Hicks delivered his annual State of the City Address. The yearly speech is one that summarizes key achievements of the past year and also offers a taste of what the city hopes to accomplish in the coming year.
Baby Boomers needed to drive buses To the editor, Your skills are in great demand. You are needed to transport the most valuable cargo on the road, our children.
Hastings' three public elementary schools recently held their National Geographic Bee competitions. At Pinecrest Elementary School, the champion was Jed Carlson. The McAuliffe Elementary School champion was Ethan Ries. Sydney Nutter was the champion at Kennedy Elementary School. According to the National Geographic website, the bee "is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world."
The city of Hastings has released information regarding a level III predatory offender, Randall Scott Wunderlich, who is scheduled to transition into Hastings the week of Feb. 20. Hastings police have scheduled a community notification meeting regarding Wunderlich at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Hastings Middle School auditorium. Predatory offenders are assessed by a panel of experts prior to their release from prison to determine how likely they are to re-offend. Level III is considered a high risk for re-offense.
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie reported Monday that his home was struck by a stray bullet last Saturday morning, Jan. 28, around 4 a.m. According to the news release, residents several blocks away stated after the fact they were awakened by four or five gunshots at or near that same time.
Editor's note: This story was published Jan. 2017.
Hastings Reads is about to get started for 2017. Hastings Reads is a community-wide reading program that seeks to encourage reading and discussion of books and the ways in which they can help us understand the lives and experiences of ourselves and others. This year's theme is "The Japanese-American Experience."
Last week, we wrote about a new option for dog owners in this city that allows for a lifetime dog license, eliminating the need for dog owners to renew their license every two years. We've seen some feedback from our readers, and it sounds like there are plenty of dog owners who didn't even know they needed a license, as well as a few who don't think they really need to have one.