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For Mike Slavik and Jen Fox, their ties to Hastings High School remain strong. Both graduates of Hastings High School – Slavik in 1997 and Fox in 2008 – say they want other graduates to feel that connection, too. Slavik and Fox are the president and vice president, respectively, of the Hastings High School Alumni Association, which is the longest running high school alumni association in the country. Its 131st annual banquet/meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Hastings Country Club. The social hour is at 5 p.m.
SEAS physical education teacher Padrick Judd took the challenge and then challenged three others to the do the same. Within several minutes, if not less, Tuesday afternoon, eight eighth grade SEAS students took buckets filled with icy cold water and doused their teacher.
Cannon firing demonstrations, two Gettysburg Address readings, music of the 1860s, bread making, butter churning, spinning demonstrations and a gun display are part of the many activities and programs planned for the annual Civil War weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
An omnibus hearing Thursday, Sept. 5, in Dakota County District Court will determine the admissibility of evidence in the legal process for a former Hastings priest charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Francis Hoefgen, 63, now living in Columbia Heights, was charged by criminal complaint in late May following an investigation by Hastings Police. The investigation began last fall after the victim contacted the police department. The criminal sexual abuse allegedly occurred 20 to 25 years ago, when the victim was an altar boy at St.
Hastings students have the opportunity to earn some cash prizes for their writing. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) gives almost $3.2 million in awards every year through the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competition.
This time it is official. There are now four candidates for the two Hastings City Council at-large positions – Mark Vaughan,756 votes; Lori Brauks, 551 vote; Joanna Bayers, 349 votes; and Ian Martin, 212 votes. The previous fourth-place finisher, Tom Wright, 287 votes, officially withdrew from the race Monday. Martin moved up with his vote total. But at the county level, there is a temporary hold, as one of the challengers, Terry Donnelly for the District 1 Dakota County Commissioner race, has asked for a recount.
The 20th annual Hastings Relay for Life was a very successful one, organizers said. The Aug. 1 walk to raise awareness and funds for education and research to fight cancer raised more than $36,000. Seventeen teams with more than 150 participants walked around the lower student lot at Hastings High School. Many bought luminaries in honor or in memory of loved ones.
by Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org Hastings Family Service now has a permanent home in downtown Hastings and announced Tuesday that the goal of its Bring the Mission Home campaign exceeded its million-dollar goal, reaching $1,034,044. Final costs of the project exceeded the goal by about $50,000, so the Katherine B.
The Minnesota state primary election will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. For Hastings area voters, there is both a primary election for the two at-large City Council positions, and the County Commissioner District 1 position. Regarding the county commissioner primary: There are three candidates for the District 1 seat currently held by Mike Slavik of Hastings.
For Jen Shonkwiler and her family of Hastings, the annual Edina Realty medallion has been the highlight to Rivertown Days for many years. Hunting for it has been a challenge. This year, the hunt was a successful one when Jen and her daughter Kayla found the medallion along the trail near Hastings Middle School. What to do with the $500 cash prize generated a quick response. “We're paying it forward,” she said. “We're donating it.” The cash will be donated to the youth ministry at the Hastings United Methodist Church.