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There will be a Community Bloodmobile on Monday, June 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 18, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St. If you'd like to make an appointment, please call Gail at 651 248-1173.
The Excel Basics class for adults will be held at the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, June 6, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Excel is used in the workplace for accounting, tracking inventory and organizing data. Learn how to work with spreadsheets, create formulas and build a budget. Presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota Computer Education Center, funded by MELSA. Prerequisite: Ability to use the keyboard and mouse. To register, call 651-438-0200.
Weight Watchers invites you to attend its "Live Life Active" celebration on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Weight Watcher Center, 360A Westview Mall. This free special event will feature great offers, fun surprises, info on our newest program, interesting speakers, healthy refreshments and is open to the public. We will have a 5k walk at 9 a.m., Silver Sneaker demos, gluten free presentations, member activity success stories, and much more.
Meet New York Times bestselling American author and crime writer, William Kent Krueger - best known for his Cork O'Connor series of books set mainly in Minnesota - and discuss his latest book, "Ordinary Grace," Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Pleasant Hill Library meeting room.
Several openings remain in the summer youth day camps scheduled at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. Registration must be made by June 10. The day camps will run Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One session of Teen Volunteer Camp is planned along with three sessions of Apprentice Day Camp. The Teen Volunteer Camp, offered to youth 13 and older who would like to volunteer in Dakota City, is scheduled for June 17 to 20.
Michael Kampa receives Bachelor of Fine Arts in filmmaking Michael Kampa of Hastings received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in filmmaking from Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) during its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18. Over the last four years, Michael studied a wide range of subjects including advanced filmmaking, editing, screenwriting and advertisement. Michael's goal is to be a writer/director for film and television. His plans are to move to California within the next year to pursue that goal.
Lorraine Lynn Wojcik was born on May 17, 2013, at Regina Medical Center to Megan and Mike Wojcik of Hastings. At birth Lorraine weighed 7 pounds 6.1 ounces and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Ryan and Patricia Garrick of Hastings and Mark and Kim Wojcik of Stillwater.
Weston John Laqua was born on May 20, 2013, at Regina Medical Center to Julie Langer and John Laqua of Hastings. At birth Weston weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Weston has two siblings, a brother Mason and a sister Taylor. Grandparents are Brad and Cheryl Langer of Ellsworth, Wis., and George and Nancy Laqua of Welch.
Hallie Rose Menge and Alyssa Ann Menge were born on May 17, 2013, at Regina Medical Center to Danielle and Noah Menge of Cannon Falls. At birth Hallie weighed 6 pounds, 3.5 ounces and was 19.75 inches long. At birth Alyssa weighed 5 pounds, 14.7 ounces and was 19.25 inches long. Hallie and Alyssa have two siblings, Dylan, and Mya. Grandparents are Jim Menge and Carol Schmotter, both of Hastings, and Dan and Julie Carlson of Hudson, Wis. Great-grandparents are Ruth Menge and Marian Heider, both of Hastings.
The City of Hastings is preparing for a changing of the guard. In the next week, demolition on "Big Blue" will begin, leaving Hastings with a drastic transformation in the landscape and a new bridge to grace the skyline. For 62 years, the gray-blue continuous truss bridge has watched over the city, safely welcoming both residents and guests into our community.