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To the editor, Last week, the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) hosted a two-day conversation addressing the role of the arts in a community's civic life and economic development. Approximately 200 local residents participated in one of six meetings with Artspace, Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit developer of spaces for artists and arts-related businesses.
To the editor, The voters of Minnesota should be very concerned. Our legislature recently passed one of the largest tax increases in Minnesota history. If you listen to those behind the increase, they are trying to tell us that it is for our own good and for the good of the state.
This week we applaud Haley Comfort Systems and Duff's Meats 2 for going out of their way to thank the hard working construction crews by throwing a picnic for them on Tuesday. What a kind gesture on their part, and what worthwhile recipients for their generosity. Now that most of us have taken a few excited trips over the new bridge and back, we've been able to appreciate their hard work up close. Thanks, Haley Comfort Systems and Duff's, for showing the bridge workers how we feel. We are thankful for their hard work, and we appreciate it.
Guided tours of Dakota City Heritage Village will be offered to the public at Family and Friends Fun Days, scheduled on three separate Fridays throughout the summer -- June 14, July 12 and Aug. 23. Alisa Peterson, Education Coordinator, invites visitors to bring a friend, their children, nieces or nephews, grandkids, a friend or a friend's children to enjoy a visit to the past. They do not need to be part of a group nor do they need a reservation. Costumed guides will lead the tours, which will begin every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. The last tour will begin at 2 p.m.
The Carpenter Nature Center has volunteer opportunities for everyone including brochure design, greeting visitors, data entry, social media updates, mailings and more. Come and join our fun, friendly family. You will be glad you did. Please contact Alan@CarpenterNatureCenter.org or by calling 651-437-4359 for details. Mayme Johnson is now accepting applications for Fall Internships. Students may gain valuable experience working in the fields of Environmental Education, Horticulture or Communications.
On Saturday, June 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Author Rodney VanVleet will discuss his book, "Rendezvous with Glory," in the carriage barn of the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings. VanVleet, a former Hastings resident, Hastings High school principal, social studies teacher, and Civil War scholar, will discuss what motivates him to write, his writing style, read passages from his book, sign and sell his books. The life of Dr. J. P.
The Afton Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the town Square Park in downtown Afton. There will be live music, food, festivities, and fun activities for the entire family. The annual Strawberry Festival dinner prepared by and served at Memorial Lutheran church of Afton will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This much anticipated event features all you can eat, locally grown, fresh strawberries. Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the church at 651-436-1138.
Katie Kelly graduates from St. Mary's Katie Kelly, a 2004 graduate of Hastings High School, graduated from the University of St. Mary's, Minneapolis, on June 2, earning her Master of Arts degree in counseling and psychological services.
DSU announces Dean's List Students from Hastings named on the North Dakota State University spring semester 2013 dean's list are: Abbie J. Groth, criminal justice; Nicole L. Human, university studies; Sean T. Kolodziej, finance; Kyle B. Kuhn, civil engineering; Jeffrey T. Lindquist, agricultural economics; Alyssa J. McKinney, veterinary technology; and Amanda R. Peine of Vermillion, who is studying accounting. Michigan Tech's announces Dean's List Mitchell Murphy of Hastings has been named on Michigan Tech's spring semester Dean's List.
The Hastings Hawks had a difficult schedule of games this past week as the team went 1-3 in their past four games. On Wednesday the River Falls Fighting Fish hit the road for the border battle. The River Falls offense was firing on all cylinders right from the start as they jumped to an early 6-0 lead after two innings of play, and the Hawks were never able to recover as they lost the matchup 11-3. The Hawks offense was only able to muster five hits. Two of the hits came from Andy Sammon. Jordan Jeske, Nick Horsch and Deryk Marks each had hits for Hastings as well.