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Let the show begin. After months of preparation, set construction and rehearsals, Black Dirt Theater Co.’s annual musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” opens at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Hastings High School. The production continues through most of next week. “It’s going to be great,” said Black Dirt Theater’s Libby Wasylik. “It’s a powerful show. Some parts are hilarious; it is spectacular. “The audience will witness moments of humanity.
There’s something for everyone as the 35th annual Rivertown Days is this week. There’s music, athletic tournaments, special sales, a carnival, parade and a fireworks show, to name a few. In all, it promises to be a busy weekend in Hastings. Rivertown Days buttons are required to gain entry to the riverfront area and are available to purchase at a number of area businesses and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. They are $3 before the festival and $5 the days of the festival. Parade is set for noon on Sunday It has become part of the tradition for the annual Rivertown Days festival.
Twenty Hastings area students and five chaperones are planning a new mission trip this summer. From July 26 to Aug.
The graduation speakers for this year’s June 6 Hastings High School commencement are among the 360 graduates this year – Jordan Engel, Brandon Sieh, Trent Tejeda and Kate Curtis. Engel and Curtis both said that listening to one of last year’s graduation speakers, Nicole Hollar, impacted them enough to strongly consider auditioning. They prepared speeches, then presented them in front of judges during the first part of May. “I saw Nicole’s speech last year and it stuck with me and impacted me,” Engel said. Curtis’ grandmother said she dreamed about her giving a speech recently.
The church ministry for the Rev. Ed Frederick has ended. After battling cancer since last fall, St. Philip's Lutheran Church's senior pastor died early Sunday, June 1, at his home. He was surrounded by his family. Pastor David Wrightsman was also with the family at the time of death. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 W. 15th St., with the Celebration of Life service at 11 am. Bishop Peter Rogness, St. Paul Area Synod, E.L.C.A. will preside and Pastor Wrightsman of St.
Hastings School District paid tribute to its own this week.
Higher than expected nitrate concentration in private drinking wells in some Dakota County townships during a 2013 study is leading to another expanded study, while also offering the opportunity for additional testing for those who participated the first time. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the execution of a joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to receive a $75,767 targeted township nitrate sampling project.
Preparation for the summer musical of Black Dirt Theater Co. begins this week. An informational meeting for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hastings Middle School. It is open to all who are interested in being part of the production on stage and behind the scenes. Auditions for the musical have also been scheduled, according to director and marketing director Libby Wasylik.
The words were “graffiti” and “tantalize.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School seventh grader Kat Peine correctly spelled the words and she was the school’s annual spelling bee champion. “I kind of wanted to win it last year and I didn’t,” said Peine, who was one of the semifinalists in last year’s contest. “So this year I really wanted it. “My mom is a good speller and one night she asked me a few words.” That was about it for the preparation, Peine said. Seton Middle School teacher Laurie Osberg organized this year’s contest. “Spelling is still important,” she said.
Carrie Elaine Olson, 29, Davenport Iowa, was laid to rest Saturday, April 12, as Davenport Police became the lead agency in investigating her death. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has yet to indicate a cause or manner of death. Olson’s body was discovered April 5 in rural Ravenna Township, south of Hastings.