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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.
The Hastings baseball season came to an end on Thursday with a 6-0 loss to Albert Lea in the first round of the Section 1AAA baseball tournament. Hastings was seeded No. 8 and Albert Lea was No. 9. The Tigers managed to shut down the Hastings bats, allowing just one hit to the Raiders.
The Hastings girls lacrosse season came to an end this week with a 14-6 loss to Tartan in the section tournament. Goals were scored by Megan Shoen (two), Amy McNamara, Gabbie Riveness, Kaitlyn Anderson and Haley Berg. Hastings finished without a win this year, its second as a varsity program.
The Hastings Hawks went 3-1 over their four game stretch this past Memorial Day weekend. The Hawks won their first game of the weekend when they defeated the St. Paul Mudhens, 10-0, in eight innings of play. The Hawks offense was led by shortstop Andy Sammon, who recorded two hits on three at bats and three RBIs. Left fielder Jose Velez had one hit at four at bats, but he made the most of the hit by bringing in two runs. The Hawks had four other batters record hits. Those players were Deryk Marks, Jordan Jeske, Greg Campbell and Austin Hebig. Taylor Beattie was on the mound for the Hawks.
The top Hastings doubles team of Craig Nielsen and Austin Houska made it all the way to the section's final four before having its season come to an end. The two players advanced to the final day of play on Tuesday at the Rochester Athletic Club and ended up placing fourth. Nielsen and Houska lost to a team from Rochester Mayo, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-0. In the third-place match they lost 7-5, 7-5 to a team from Lakeville South. "They played at a high level most of the day," coach Mick Willette said. "In the second match they had trouble closing out games.
The summer Wii bowling league begins the week of June 10. Form a team, or sign up and you will be placed on a team. More information is available at the Senior Center.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is introducing a new, different community worship service - music, praise and more music - at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Light the Way, the idea of Dan Rowan, son of the church's youth minister Mary Rowan, is nondenominational and will be different, described Lyn VanDeSteeg, Vestry Committee member. "This is going to be a place for praise, music, worship and a short talk," she said. It will be very different from a traditional church service.
The Hastings Class of 1983 30th reunion weekend is set for July 19-21. All information of the weekend's events and registration forms are available on Facebook: Hastings High School Class of 1983. We will start the weekend off with a golf outing at Emerald Greens on Friday, July 19, at 1:30 p.m., www.emerald greens.com. Golf registration is due July 1. For more information contact Jean (Hackett) Hoeft, email@example.com . Saturday evening is the reunion gathering at The Bierstube in Hastings starting at 5:30 p.m., www.thebierstube.com .
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.