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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.
On Wednesday, March 1, half of all fundraiser sales at all Minnesota Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will benefit the United Heroes League (UHL). Formerly known as Defending the Blue Line, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit provides free sports equipment, game tickets, grants and summer camps to children of military members nationwide, making it easier for them to stay healthy and active while their families serve the country.
Hastings' new State Representative, Tony Jurgens (R-Cottage Grove), announced late last week that he will make an effort to keep speed limits as they are on Highway 316 in Hastings. MnDOT announced earlier this year that it would raise speed limits on the road from its current 35 mile-per-hour limit to 40. The change would affect the portion of the road between Highway 61 and Tuttle Drive.
Last week, Hastings police held a community notification meeting in regards to a level three predatory offender who was about to move into this city. First of all, we would like to thank the police, the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Dakota County and the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center for taking the time to shed some light on the situation and inform residents not just about this one individual, but about how communities and individuals can guard against any predatory attack.
HHS play was 'emotional manifesto' To the editor, A word to the cast of "Emotional Baggage" enacted on stage Feb. 10, 11 and 12 in the Hastings High School: You portrayed the individual characters with enthusiasm! In fact, you were much too good in leading us to the conclusion of each skit.
Constituents of Rep. Jason Lewis, frustrated with his lack of planned town halls during the Congressional recess, have taken it upon themselves to plan "Congressional District 2 Constituent Town Halls With or Without Rep. Jason Lewis." The first meeting will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Wentworth Library in West St. Paul. The second meeting will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Burnhaven Library in Burnsville.