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Laine graduates from St. John's Eric Laine, the son of Donald and Linda Laine of Hastings, participated in the commencement ceremony at St. John's University on May 12 in the St. John's Abbey and University Church in Collegeville. Laine is a candidate to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian studies. Isabel Arenivar graduates from Sarah Lawrence College Isabel Arinevar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College on May 24.
Eli David Angerman was born on May 23, 2013, at Regina Medical Center to Jessica and Nicholas Angerman of Woodbury. At birth, Eli weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Jan and Lee Samson and Nancy and Dave Angerman, all of Hastings.
Genevieve Grace Omtvedt was born on May 22, 2013, at Regina Medical Center to Cheree and Calvin Omtvedt of Ellsworth, Wis. At birth, Genevieve weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Genevieve has one sister, Mckenzie, and one big brother, Cruz. Grandparents are Neil and Rose Ebbenga of Ellsworth, Wis., and Lori and Bruce Omtvedt of Prescott, Wis. Great-grandparents are Robert and Mary Ebbenga of Miltona and Joan Huset of Poskin, Wis.
Halen Elizabeth Gergen was born on May 28, 2013, at Regina Medical Center to Elizabeth and Daniel Gergen, Jr., from Prescott, Wis. At birth, Halen weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Halen has two siblings -- Grayson and Eloise.
Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell is one of three finalists to be the new police chief at the Maplewood Police Department. The finalists were publicly named last week. A decision is expected by the end of June. Schnell has been the chief in Hastings for the past three years.
The Hastings Bridge Project - three years in the making - has reached an exciting and critical milestone: late today, construction crews will reroute the southbound lane of traffic on Highway 61 onto the new Hastings Bridge. Approximately 24 hours later, crews will reroute the northbound lane of traffic on Highway 61 onto the new bridge. Please note that the pedestrian walkway will not be completed until the end of the year - no pedestrians will be allowed on the bridge.
The Hastings boys golf team qualified for the state tournament by winning the section meet on Friday at Bunker Hills. Hastings beat East Ridge by two shots. Jacob Cooper led the Raiders with a 74 in the finals. Matthew Radke had a 78, Sam Otto had an 80, Mark Huneke had an 83, Nick Tusa had an 85 and Dominick Bacon had an 88. The state meet is planned for Bunker Hills on June 11-12.
The City of Hastings has received the tentative go-ahead from MnDOT or a bridge memorial event to commemorate the final hours of "Big Blue." If the weather cooperates, the bridge farewell processional will take place on Tuesday evening, June 4. Those interested in attending this historic event should meet on the north lawn of City Hall, 101 E. Fourth St., at 6:30 p.m. Following a short memorial led by Mayor Paul Hicks, citizens will be allowed to walk the main span of the bridge for the last time.
Get the cars ready. The annual Cruise-in car shows, sponsored by the Hastings Downtown Business Association, begin Saturday, June 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and continue every other Saturday through Sept. 21 in the downtown area. The car shows are open to all cars 1976 and older. General rules include no tire burnouts, no exhaust flame or hydraulics allowed, no sidewalk parking, no rods, bikes, skateboarding or motorcycles allowed, and no alcohol on the sidewalk. One theme night has already been scheduled -- North Star Camera Club, Aug. 10. The other nights are open.
The Hastings City Council will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, in the council chambers at City Hall. Here's a look at what's on the agenda. A change to the use of barbecues on patios and decks will be discussed. The current ordinance prohibits the use of barbecues on patios and decks in multi-unit residential buildings. The rule applies not only to multi-level apartments or townhomes, but also to single-level townhomes or quad-homes with individual unit egresses.