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A number of students from Hastings Middle School were selected for the Minnesota American Choral Director's Association Honor Choir. The students performed with about 300 other selected students from Minnesota at St. Andrew's Church in Mahtomedi Saturday, Nov. 19.
The staff at First National Bank in Hastings raised $365 this year by donating $1 each week to dress in casual clothes on Fridays. With the money they raised, the staff adopted a family through the Hastings Family Service Project Share Adopt-A-Family program. "It's so nice to be able to do this together as a staff," said teller Joyce Schmidt, "we had so much fun shopping and wrapping." This is the third year the branch has held the fundraising event.
MINNEAPOLIS — Two local, young producers learned how they can play a crucial role in helping agriculture and the cooperative system thrive during the CHS New Leaders Forum, hosted by CHS Inc., the nation's leading cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company.
The cold weather didn't keep people away from the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train stop in Hastings. With the help of the Christ's Family Church, Merchants Bank's 10 Days of Giving and Swipe Out Hunger, food and coin drives at the schools, and a gift from Canadian Pacific Railway at the Holiday Train event, a total of $14,203 and 2,767 pounds of food was raised for Hastings Family Service, the organization reported last week.
Dakota County Chief Deputy Phillip Prokopowicz was presented with the MCAA Meritorious Service Award at the Minnesota County Attorneys Association annual meeting. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in her or his office, or has served in key roles in the MCAA governance structure to advance the goals of MCAA.
King's Bar and Grill held its 10th annual toy drive recently. The fundraiser was incredibly successful, collecting more than 1,200 toys and more than $6,000 in checks, cash and gift cards.
Wow. Back in November, as the holiday season was kicking into high gear, we urged readers to remember that the holidays are a time of joy, but also a time of need. You have definitely done so. Every week for the past two months or so, we have received news of organizations, businesses, schools and individuals who are opening their arms — and their wallets — to help those in less than ideal circumstances.
Due to widely variable weather conditions across much of the state, ice is deteriorating rapidly and creating potentially dangerous conditions for anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and others planning to recreate on the ice over the holidays.
The Hastings LOOP has connected with Dakota County to promote a new scheduled stop to connect Hastings residents to WIC services. Dakota County WIC hosts a table right inside the front entryway of the Dakota County Administrative Center, located at 1590 Highway 55, every third Tuesday of the month.