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"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.
Mr. and Mrs. Bart Samuelson of Hastings announce the engagement of their daughter Paige Lynn Samuelson to Drew Christopher Nelson son of Keville Miller of Farmers Branch, Tex., and Jim Nelson of Fairview Park, Ohio. Paige was a 2006 graduate of Hastings. She earned her BSN at the Globe University/MN School of Business. Paige is currently working as a registered nurse in an Arizona state prison complex in Tucson. Drew was a 2004 graduate from Medina, Ohio. He attended the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M.
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.