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Hastings School District 200 honored its own Wednesday afternoon as it held its 29th annual Employee Retirement and Recognition Program.
The Hastings School District 200 Vision 2025 Initiative task force is holding a community meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
They were wool, even the stirrup socks and they were warm on a hot summer day in Hastings. Now, one of those wool uniforms worn by a member of the first American Legion baseball team in 1947 is part of the American Legion Post 47 and the community’s history. William “Bill” Horsch was a member of that first team. He was also a student on the Hastings High School baseball team – he lettered all four years. Last week, his widow, Alberta Horsch and his daughter Chris Werner, presented the uniform to the post.
They are not all Minnesota Twins fans, but they share one important thing in common. They love their fathers. The four students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion – Tyson Werner, Tegan Johnson, Joshua Route, and Tony Laua – are winners in the National Center for Fathering in collaboration with the Minnesota Twins and Target essay contest. The theme is “What My Father Means to me.” Tyson is the winner for first-grade students. This is the first year that Tyson entered the contest and his father Jeff is pretty special, he says.
It has been almost a year since the criminal sexual abuse charges were filed against a former Hastings priest, Francis Hoefgen. A settlement hearing – a judge will have attorneys for both the prosecution and defense appear to determine if a settlement can be reached and trial can be avoided – is set for Monday, May 4, in Dakota County District Court. A jury trial is still set for Monday, May 18. Hoefgen has pleaded not guilty to two charges of first-degree criminal sexual abuse. The criminal sexual abuse allegedly occurred 20 to 25 years ago, when the complainant was an altar boy at St.
A service project for the fifth grade students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School (SEAS) continues to help others in the community. This year the fifth grade food drive collected 1,004 items, or 772 pounds, of food and $584 in cash for the Hastings Family Service food shelf. This was the 31st annual food drive, coordinated by teacher Teri Hunter’s class. The project began as a class project in 1983 and has continued to be the fifth grade service project each year. The theme this year was “Be a Super Hero and Fight Hunger.” A kick-off event was held March 9 at the school.
As he walked along the Mississippi Riverfront in Hastings Thursday morning, Luke Kimmes used the word “awesome” more than once to describe the city and the river here. What Kimmes and five of his friends are doing, in three canoes, could also be described as awesome. They are traveling by canoes from New Orleans to the Arctic Circle. Their journey began Jan. 2, just west of New Orleans, and they hope to reach the Arctic by September. This was not the first time that Kimmes has been in Hastings — first time though by river.
The Hastings Ministerial Association is partnering with the Annex Network to present a half-day seminar April 18 to educate people about what is going on in Hastings and the Twin Cities with sex trafficking and the sex industry. Local authorities, outreach workers, transitional home leaders, survivor testimonies, video, creative performances and break out sessions are all a part of this seminar being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, 1401 15th St.
The number of the mortgage foreclosure sales in Minnesota continues to decline significantly. There was about a 30-percent drop statewide. In Dakota County, the decline in the number of sales is more than the state decrease from 2013 to 2014. In 2013, Dakota County reported 2,204 sales. In 2014, the number decreased to 1,380, or about a 37-percent decrease. The number of foreclosure sales in Minnesota has fallen to the lowest level since 2005, according to the new report from the Minnesota Homeownership Center.
Science is more than the learning in the classroom. It can include floating paper clips, cameras and photography, music and memory, elephant toothpaste and about another 70 or so ideas imagined by the students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion. The science projects were part of the 16th annual science fair at the school Friday, Feb. 27. Coordinator is teacher Angie Petit. “This provides an option for the students to take what they love … and put their own spin on it,” she said.