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The walls by the main offices for Questar Assessment Inc. in Apple Valley are being enhanced by beautiful pieces of artwork. The individuals who were commissioned to complete the work...
The Congdon murders in Duluth in 1977 held a captive audience for years. Minneapolis Star Tribune report Joe Kimball was one of the reporters on the scene that July day. For years he followed it. Now, Hastings residents will be able to meet Kimball, who wrote the book “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion: The Unofficial Guide to Glensheen and the Congdon Murders,” and his wife, mystery writer Julie Kramer. They will be visiting The Bierstube from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 16. The evening is free and open to the community.
The Hastings community will remember the men and women who died while serving this country when the Lyle Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1210, Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47, and their auxiliaries observe Memorial Day Monday, May 30. The observances will begin at 9 a.m. with a flag ceremony at the Minnesota Veterans Home, 1200 E. 18th Street, followed by a 10 a.m. program at Roadside Park.
It has been almost a year since former Hastings resident Kirk Doffing was assaulted by three men in West Hollywood. The crime remains unsolved and Doffing continues to slowly improve from his injuries. In a posting on her Facebook page, his sister Jackie Doffing Geisinger notes: “He has Traumatic Brain Injury, has had two brain surgeries and has been in four institutions.”
The YMCA in Hastings has planned a special free day for senior citizens next week and they are all invited.
The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War begins this month. The community of Hastings will mark that observance as it, too, was impacted when two soldiers from Hastings – Duane Foss and Lawrence Swanson – were killed in action. See more about their lives and service below. Others from Hastings also served. The Hastings observance began Monday night when the Hastings City Council adopted a proclamation at its regular meeting.
Dakota County residents continue to like living here and rate the quality of life very good. That is the indication from the 2016 Multi-County Residential Opinion Survey conducted earlier this year. The survey was done in collaboration with Olmsted, Scott, St. Louis and Washington counties. The survey was sent to 3,500 randomly-selected residential addresses in February and March.
The City of Hastings, Downtown Business Association and the Hastings Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network will present an Armed Forces Appreciation and Memorial Day concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Rotary Pavilion. The 451st United States Army Reserve Band 88th Reserve Command performance will follow the dedication of the Veterans Memorial at the Hastings RiverWalk. This is an opportunity for the Hastings community to show its support and salute the men and women of the Armed Forces community, including past and present members, families and Gold Star families.
Mike Wise has always found satisfaction from being involved with people. In the 15 years he and his wife Mary have owned and managed the Wise Family Funeral and Cremation Services here in Hastings, that has not changed. And for a business that helps people during some of the most emotional and devastating times in their lives, that is not easy. “It’s about helping people get through it,” said Mike Wise. “I’m proud to be doing it.”
The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is considered one of the best and highly-reputable jazz festivals of the year. For five years, at least one of the Hastings High School Jazz Ensembles have participated or competed. This year, on April 23, the HHS Jazz Ensemble I received a second-place finished in its class (according to school size). There were 15 bands in the class. This is the first time a Hastings group placed. Plus, four students earned outstanding student recognition – Sam Poncelet, alto sax; Abe Kummer, flugelhorn; Julia Kneen, drum set; and James McCord, trombone.