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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.
To the editor, I'm not sure what it is about some dog owners but in my neighborhood, which is in the Riverwood area, but we have many inconsiderate owners. There are nine dogs within just a few houses of where I live and very few of the owners have learned that it is their job to keep the dogs quiet when out in their yards. It starts at about 6:30 each and every morning and continues sometimes until 9 or 10 at night. Granted it is not continuous but goes on enough throughout the day to be very annoying.
To the editor, What's all this talk about DFL overreach? Are we really paying too many taxes? Think about it. Maybe you don't really know how good we have it here in Minnesota. Travel around this country, and check out Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arizona and others. Drive off the freeways beyond the tourist areas and see what's out there. Poor schools, unpaved roads, worn-out, sub-par housing, boarded up storefronts, virtual ghost towns and people living on the edge of life. These are your right-to-work, non-union states.
A family-owned business in Hastings took a big step this week, embarking on a major addition to its current site. Las Margaritas Mexican restaurant on Vermillion Street in Hastings is expanding, and we are excited about the concept drawings we are seeing regarding their new space. Their work will go a long ways to clean up a site next door to them that had fallen into disrepair. We applaud their hard work and wish them nothing but the best of luck in the future. In addition, we write this week about two new business ventures in Hastings -- both of those stories on Page 3A.