The traveling exhibit and program for parents and teacher, Top Secret Project, will be held at the Hastings High School auditorium from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The Top Secret Project is a unique traveling exhibit designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Using a simulated teenager's bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there's a problem.
Merchants Bank's "Swipe Out Hunger" Facebook giveaway has concluded with Hastings Family Service taking first place and receiving a donation of $2,500. "Hastings Family Service is fortunate to be part of a community that really rallies behind us, and we have community members like Mike Swanson and Molly Peters who work hard to get the word out about voting for us during Swipe Out Hunger," said Amy Sutton, associate director of Hastings Family Service. "A gift of $2,500 can purchase nearly 18,000 pounds of food, which is going to help a lot of neighbors in our community."
The Hastings branch of the American Association of University Women, AAUW, awards an academic scholarship to a high-ranking female high school student every year. The scholarship's objective is to give recognition and assistance to a student who has defined high aspirations of accomplishments in the field of her choice and who has participated in a wide range of extracurricular and volunteer activities during her time as a high school student.
Yellow House Films announced the theatrical release of the feature film, "Farmer of the Year," will be coming to Hastings Cinema on Aug. 31. The film, by the husband and wife team of Kathy Swanson and Vince O'Connell, stars Emmy-nominated Barry Corbin ("Northern Exposure," "No Country for Old Men," "Urban Cowboy" and "War Games"), Mackinlee Waddell ("Good Christian Belles"), and Terry Kiser ("Weekend at Bernie's").
The Minneapolis Veterans Home, along with state government, made history Thursday, Aug. 23, by opening the nation's first fixed dental clinic on a state veterans home campus. Previously, the home relied on mobile clinics to provide dental care to veterans as do others across the state. Challenges with the mobile clinics included a limited ability to provide dental procedures, increased cost and time for setup and teardown, lack of adequate space to receive patients, inconsistent durability of equipment, and poor conditions for infection control.
The United Way of Hastings will move its office to a new location in Hastings during the week of Jan. 22. UWH has been in the former First National Bank building on Second Street West for over 10 years. The existing building changed ownership in 2014. With the expected usage of the building location, to complement the redevelopment of the Hudson Sprayers building across the street, UWH leadership knew that an office move would be forthcoming.
Bryce Anderson, an ASE certified collision repair technician from Hastings was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Snap-on/ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technician of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized Nov. 15 at the fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.
The Hastings High School Class of 1947 will celebrate their 70-year class reunion noon on Saturday, June 24, at The Onion Grille. Anyone is welcome to attend the event. Contact Jean McGree at 651-437-5155 with any questions.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton preschoolers welcomed nine guests into their classroom with the hatching of nine ducklings. Students watched three of the ducks hatch throughout the week. Every year, SEAS incubates 12 mallard duck eggs. They are placed in a temperature-controlled incubator of 100 degrees for about 28 days. The preschoolers counted down the days until the eggs were ready to hatch.
Several Hastings High School band students received awards at the May 16 HHS spring band concert. Award categories included Concert Band, Varsity Band, Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble. Award winners were as follows: Concert Band Jackson Gergen, Outstanding Musician Drew davis, Most Improved Musician Varsity Band Ben Ascheman, Outstanding Musician Bobby Traeder, Most Improved Musician Jazz Ensemble II Charlie Becker, Jazz II Outstanding Musician