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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.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School recently honored staff members for years of service. Those recognized are listed here. Five years: Anne Burns, originally taught fourth and fifth grade part time, then full time in fifth grade and now teaches second grade. Kelly Rother, pupil support assistant in the Early Childhood Center, preschool and kindergarten. Ann Siebenaler, pupil support assistant elementary classroom.
To the editor, Our jobs are going overseas because corporations have pulled one over on us. They sell us cheap products and send our jobs to workers in other countries that work for beans, and in poor conditions. Our goods are shipped back and forth overseas to be manufactured, then sent back to us and shipped all over the country. Do you think this contributes to higher gas prices? Then we go to a big box store, where people work for minimum wage, for maybe 30 hours a week so they don't get benefits.
Behind the scenes in recent weeks, City of Hastings officials have been hard at work to pull off a sendoff for the old Highway 61 bridge here. On Tuesday night, we all got to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The event was a simple one -- gather in the lawn at City Hall, wait for the northbound traffic to be switched, hear a speech and then set off on foot to walk the bridge one last time before demolition on it begins. Easy enough. But it took a lot of work to get the OK for the event, and we are very thankful the city worked as hard as it did to pull off the event.
An Afton man was killed Wednesday in a boat crash on the St. Croix River. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, David Joseph Riley, 40, was killed and two others were injured in the crash. The two people injured were identified as Patrick Anthony Puhalla, 46, Bayport, and Daniel Michael Schultz, 55, Hudson. They were hospitalized with "undetermined injuries," according to authorities. The sheriff's report said Puhalla apparently was the owner and operator of the boat when it smashed into a rock face north of the Kinnickinnic State Park beach on the Wisconsin side of the St.
The Hastings Hawks went 2-0-1 in their last three games this past week. The Hawks played Lyon's Pub Warriors and, in what proved to be a thrilling game, the Hawks and Warriors would tie with a final score 6-6. The 5-1 Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the second inning, but Hastings was able to tie the game with a two-run effort in the fourth. The lead would not last long, though, and the Hawks found themselves down 6-2 as they entered the ninth inning. The Hawks were able to rally back as they scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth.