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It’s time to enjoy some of the area’s finest foods and beverages and help the food shelf at Hastings Family Service. The 20th annual Hastings Tastings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2035 15th St. W. Seventeen Hastings area restaurants and businesses will be showcasing some of their finest foods during the evening.
Everyone has a story … maybe more. Some may want to write them, while others want to discuss the stories. For a little more than three years the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) Writers group has been meeting monthly – first Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. —at the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings. The group is facilitated by former Hastings Middle School language arts teacher Diane Saed. She remains on the faculty of St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis and is a supervisor for student teachers through the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
Nationally-known author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train,” will culminate the month-long activities for Hastings Reads 2015 when she appears at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Hastings Middle School.
Russ and Lisa Rohloff have lived in the Hastings community for 20 years and it has come to feel like home for them. With that idea firmly in place, the Rohloffs have been involved in a number of activities. Now Russ Rohloff is adding another one. At last week’s regular meeting, the Hastings District 200 School Board installed him as a member, filling the position vacated by the resignation of Angie McGinnis last month.
The Hastings Public Schools Foundation grants help Hastings School District 200 teachers add countless little extras for their students each year. This year, 11 grants totaling almost $61,000 will keep that program going. On Wednesday, Feb.
The 20th annual Hastings Tastings, an evening to benefit Hastings Family Service food shelf, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2035 W. 15th St.
Relax, enjoy a specially-prepared meal and then laugh for several hours as the cast of Black Dirt Theater’s “Barefoot in the Park” entertain you. The Hastings community theater’s dinner theater is set to begin an 11-performance run at The Onion Grille. The play’s director is Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha and she is working with a cast of Danelle Kurtz as Corie, Tom Sorenson as Paul, Rob Anderson as Victor Velasco, Rachel Sager as Ethel (the mother), and David Warg, Michele Myrick and Libby Unger as the Greek Chorus.
A disgruntled tenant, upset with his landlord, apparently bought gasoline and poured it over parts of an apartment building in downtown Hastings Jan. 31. Now, Leonard William Jones, 48, Hastings, faces charges of attempted arson in the first degree and criminal damage to property in the first degree (two counts). According to the criminal complaint, Hastings police were called to the building on East Second Street on the report of damage to property. The call was prompted by a smell of gas in the building.
The calendar says winter, but plans have been finalized for the Hastings Community Education’s Alternative Spring Break the week of March 16 to March 20. The week-long program includes activities each day, from service projects and education opportunities to fun activities for students grades five to 12. Students can participate one day for $30 or all days for a discount rate of $135 for all five days. A T-shirt is included with completed registration.
Education, Sunday liquor sales, taxes, transportation and helping the veterans were the major topics of discussion Saturday when Rep. Denny McNamara,Republican, Hastings, and Sen. Katie Sieben, Democrat, Cottage Grove, held a town hall meeting at Hastings City Hall. About 10 people were in attendance. Both Sieben and McNamara indicated this is a budget year for the Legislature, with Gov.