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This week we report on the news that Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell has accepted a new job in Maplewood. He will be leaving Hastings on July 21.
The Hastings City Council will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 17. Here's a look at what's on the agenda. A new police officer, Matthew Hedrick, will be sworn in and welcomed to the city. Two presentations will be given. One will recognize Eagle Scout Ben Bloomstrand for his project honoring retired Hastings firefighters.
Students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School were honored at a recent awards ceremony. Awards were presented as follows: President's Award for Educational excellence - Fifth grade recipients Christian Brenny, Andy O'Brien, Monica Calkins, Josie Jenson, Luke Harris. President's Award for Educational Achievement - Fifth grade recipient Dylan Shemon. Eleanor M. Judge Scholarship - Fifth grade recipient, Kayley Miska. This scholarship was established in memory of Judge who was a former fifth-grade teacher in the parish school. Her family started the scholarship in 1990.
The top academic graduates at Hastings High School have been announced. 4.0 grade point average for four years - Megan Braun, Sara Leifeld, Hannah Sieh, Sarah Zeien. 3.935 grade point or better over four years - Kayla Brown, Haley Fox, Elizabeth Hardy, Sarah Hughes, Kaylynn Johnson, Jenna Kalin, Alexander Lewanski, Joseph Nolan, Marissa Nolan, Mia Patton, Anna Sacchetti and Luke Schiefelbein. 3.867 grade point average or better over four years - Norma Jean Christ, Rebecca Church, Ellie Clark, Courtney Forschen, Brooke Francis, Kayla Herman, Nicole Hollar, Matthew Koch, Anthony Koch, Anthony
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.