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An Afton man was killed Wednesday in a boat crash on the St. Croix River. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, David Joseph Riley, 40, was killed and two others were injured in the crash. The two people injured were identified as Patrick Anthony Puhalla, 46, Bayport, and Daniel Michael Schultz, 55, Hudson. They were hospitalized with "undetermined injuries," according to authorities. The sheriff's report said Puhalla apparently was the owner and operator of the boat when it smashed into a rock face north of the Kinnickinnic State Park beach on the Wisconsin side of the St.
The Hastings Hawks went 2-0-1 in their last three games this past week. The Hawks played Lyon's Pub Warriors and, in what proved to be a thrilling game, the Hawks and Warriors would tie with a final score 6-6. The 5-1 Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the second inning, but Hastings was able to tie the game with a two-run effort in the fourth. The lead would not last long, though, and the Hawks found themselves down 6-2 as they entered the ninth inning. The Hawks were able to rally back as they scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth.
The Hastings Raiders 16U VFW Baseball team went 3-1 in the VFW Stillwater tournament and captured an exciting third-place victory over the Burnsville Blaze with a final score of 7-6. Sam Skoyen, who pitched five, and one-third innings, and struck out four batters, led the Raiders on the mound. "He was too much for a good Burnsville team," head coach Taylor Pagel said. Hastings was also successful creating hits and driving in runs versus Burnsville as Andrew Tank had two hits and one RBI.
Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Its programs offer an approach for children to learn more about evangelization and becoming disciples in the church and community. Awana in Hastings is a church ministry that ministers to the children and families of Hastings.
"I want to quit this job! Caregiving stinks," Al told me. Al and I spoke on the phone after he had spent a week visiting his 84-year-old mother in Phoenix after he tried to take care of her ever-increasing needs. When Al arrived at his mother's home, there were stacks of mail going back longer than eight months that she had yet to open. When he asked her about it, she said she would get around to it. He offered to go through it with her, and in the process found months and months of unpaid bills and several shut-off notices.
If you have little or no experience with computers, this class is for you. Learn the parts and uses of a home computer, how to use the mouse and keyboard, and become familiar with basic computer terminology. You will also be introduced to working with windows and toolbar menus. This class is for PC users. Prerequisite: None. This class will be on Thursday, June 20, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the Pleasant Hill Library. Registration is required. You may register online or in person or by calling the library at 651-438-0200.
Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings will meet on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m at the estate. Following a short business meeting there will be a special presentation, "We Remember Carroll Simmons." It has been 55 years since Simmons gave the property to the Minnesota Historical Society. After extensive restoration the property became available for guided tours and special events in 2005. Today, the LeDuc Historic Estate is owned by the City of Hastings and managed by Dakota County Historical Society. This event is free and open to the public.
Matt Dunn has a dry-witted comedy magic show with a live rabbit, audience participation, out-of-this-world magic and fun for the entire family. Matt will be at the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, June 17, from 10:30 a.m .to 11:15. All ages welcome.
Come to Carpenter Nature Center for half day of fishing fun on Wednesday, June 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own rod and reel or use one provided. The majority of time will be at the river so bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and dress to be outside. Program fee is $30 per participant or $20 for "Friends of CNC."
Eric and Donna Schut of Sioux Center, Iowa, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Schut, to Arthur Valentine, son of Collette and Gerald Szitta of Prescott, Wis. and Lisa and Darcy Valentine of Hastings. The couple will be married on July 12, 2013, at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Alyssa is a 2013 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design.