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When Colleen Shaskin was growing up, her brother was an amazing storyteller. She always liked that and then, years later, she and friend Tina Rohde enjoyed the storytelling at a conference in Iowa. They quickly decided to form their own company - Wonder Weavers - Storytellers . Last Thursday, Shaskin, performing solo, offered traditional and original stories to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Preschool students. For close to an hour, she told stories, using facial expressions, puppets and her own voice.
The big-wheeler in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church lot in Vermillion was the center of attention Tuesday morning for about 15 students at the school across the street. They got to look at everything from the hoses to the tires. They even got to climb inside and check out the sleeping area. Trucker John Haley was an enthusiastic guest for all of Maria Therres' students. He described the truck and trailer's operations, his driving background and the places he has driven.
A special art show is now in progress at the Pleasant Hill Library. The second grade class of Michele Johnson at Pinecrest Elementary School has their Dr. Seuss-inspired art projects in the main room of the library at least until the end of this week. The idea came from art teacher Kendra Stettler, who admits she began considering it when she heard that Hastings Middle School art teacher Elizabeth Carroll has some of her fifth-grade students display their work at the library last month. "I think it is important to have student artwork out in front of the public," said Stettler.
Hastings High School ceramic students are again doing their part to help raise awareness for those in the world who are hungry, and then to help feed them. The students of Bert Casperson are holding their 10th annual Empty Bowls event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Hastings High School commons area, 200 General Sieben Dr. A silent auction will be held and a light meal will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School is having a spring fling and the community is invited for the fun and to raise funds for the school. "Giddy Up Gala," the annual spring fling, will be held Friday, April 27, in Mother Teresa Hall of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2035 W. 15th St. Western attire is encouraged, but not required. The event for adults includes appetizers, dinner and silent and live auctions. All proceeds are designated for the school. Auction items already donated included an Afton House overnight stay and comedy cruise on the St.
A 47-year-old Rochester man who pleaded guilty to his 11th driving while impaired (DWI) charge on Feb. 29, has now been sentenced. The incident was reported last July in Vermillion Township. On Friday, April 6, Dakota County District Judge Tim Wermager sentenced Michael Allan Andrist to 60 months in prison. Since his arrest, Andrist has been housed in the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. According to the criminal complaint, deputies had been called to the area of Highway 52 and 160th Street on the report of a vehicle having a hard time staying on the road.
At about 3 a.m. Thursday, March 22, a resident living in Ravenna Township thought he heard shots being fired. The resident, who lives near Upper 194th Street and Orlando Avenue, called 911 and Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area. After initial contact with the resident, deputies arrested and charged Shane Bartels, 24, with two misdemeanors - reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School has begun planning for its largest fundraiser of the year. "Giddy Up Gala," the annual spring fling, will be held Friday, April 27, in Mother Teresa Hall of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2035 W. 15th St. Western attire is encouraged, but not required. The event for adults includes appetizers, dinner and silent and live auctions.
The 17th annual Hastings Tastings, an evening including fine dining, a silent auction, entertainment and a beer and wine raffle will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 26, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2035 W. 15th St. The evening is a benefit for Hastings Family Service. Hastings area restaurants and businesses offer samplings of their favorite dishes. Advance sale tickets are $30, with tickets being $35 at the door.
Jodi Husting's second-grade class at McAuliffe Elementary School picked their favorite books and then read them aloud to family and friends last week. That, though, did not end their reading enjoyment as part of the national "Read Across America" program. For about an hour last Thursday at Panera Bread, the students shared their "book reviews" with families and friends.