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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.
Jon Oleson, a Bloomington City Council member, will read portions of his book, "What Legacy Are We Giving Our Kids?" and facilitate a conversation about the issues raised in his book when he visits Hastings Thursday, Feb. 23. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at BreakAway Café, 111 E. Third St., in downtown Hastings. Jon wrote the book to promote productive dialog about how Americans can better reflect on and more consciously shape the values and behavior they want to pass on to their children.
Elizabeth Mann is the Rotary's February Student of the Month. She was recognized at the Feb. 9 Rotary meeting. Below is the nominating information from Hastings High School nominating staff, Leslie Burgess and Rochelle Nielsen.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's "Minnesota Morning" featured breakfast pastries from Emily's Bakery & Deli in Hastings. Klobuchar has visited dozens of Minnesota communities in recent months and after tasting favorite local foods, she decided to showcase these Minnesota specialties at her weekly Thursday-morning coffee gatherings in her Washington, D.C. office. "Emily's Bakery & Deli is a great example of a family-owned, local business that helps boost our economy," Klobuchar said. "I was delighted to serve their treats for my guests here in Washington."
FARMINGTON — Dakota Electric Association distributed $27,258 in 2016 through its Helping Neighbors program to the Community Action Program, The Salvation Army and 360 Communities for local energy assistance. "This money is available because of our members' generous donations to the Helping Neighbors program," said Greg Miller, Dakota Electric president and CEO. "Dakota Electric is merely the conduit and is pleased to make the donations on our members' behalf."