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Much of the history of the New Trier House, a long-time ago hotel/saloon/grocery store is in the privies. Seriously. Now, all interested people are invited to a presentation, "Donuts and Dirt," following the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday, March 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Trier. Presenters David Labno and Jeff Springer, amateur archeologists, are very serious about their hobby and wanted to share and show their latest findings. "We want other people to learn from it," said Labno.
For about an hour the Kennedy Elementary School students became part of picture book author Debra Frasier's imagination as she had completed her book, "A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake." She had their attention and probably even had their imaginations working during her visit to the school. As part of the school's Beyond Celebration event in May, Frasier's visit helped to encourage reading and writing. "You are never too old for the best of the picture books," said Frasier.
When JW Wieser was a boy, his parents took him traveling around the United States. Those travels took him to historical places and, in particular, where the American Indians lived. Those impressions of the American Indians never left Wieser. They are still with him today - in his artwork. Six paintings of Wieser's are now on display at Provincial Bank, 1309 Vermillion St., through the end of the month. More are at Affinity Plus Credit Union, 131 North Frontage Road, and Millner Family Chiropractic, 215 Ramsey St.
T-Rex the dinosaur was on temporary loan to Spiral Natural Foods, 1250 South Frontage Road, as part of the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council's (HPAAC) Frugal Zoo venture. Last Monday, Feb. 27, after two weeks in his location, he was stolen. Hastings Police are investigating, and now, HPAAC is asking for T-Rex's safe return to Spiral Natural Foods. T-Rex's creator Dale Lewis said he is disappointed. "You try to prepare yourself that it could possibly happen," he said.
The celebration begins Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 and 7, at Kennedy Elementary School. As part of the school's Beyond Imagination celebration of the arts, author Debra Frasier will visit the school, connect with students and staff, and provide an evening program for families of the school. Funding for Frasier's visit to Kennedy (a $4,000 expense) was provided by a Hastings Public School Foundation "What If" grant earlier this year.
The misdemeanor theft case against Hastings Police Officer Rene Doffing will go to trial. Last week, Dakota County District Judge Michael Mayer denied the defense's motion to dismiss the charge. Mayer also ruled that a theft could occur regardless of whether Doffing left the restaurant with or without the corkscrew. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge No trial date has been set. Doffing allegedly stole a corkscrew from a Hastings restaurant in November 2010. An off-duty Dakota County deputy saw a man enter the restaurant/bar and order a soda.
For weeks, they were studying and learning more about this country's and the world's geography. A recent geography test determined that Faith Forstad, McAuliffe; Sarah Gathe, Pinecrest; and Aimee Fagnant, Kennedy, do know their facts about geography. For the past four years, the fourth grade students of Hastings School District 200 elementary schools have participated in the Geo-Bee Club (each school has one for invited students). The culmination of the three months of studying and discussion is a geography bee, sponsored by National Geographic.
The city of Hastings and Nininger Township remain in the same Minnesota House district under the redistricting plan announced Tuesday. There is one change -- the number of the district will change from 57B to 54B. "For the most part, it is exactly the way is has been," said Rep. Denny McNamara, Republican-Hastings, who has represented the area for 10 years. "There is a small area that changes - St.
Sarah Palin may have introduced the country to Wasilla, Alaska, but she has very strong competition now. A young woman -- she's 12 -- with a strong Hastings connection has written and published her first novel, "Chaderick - Not a Vampire, Not a Zombie, Not a Superhero," which is now available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Lauren DW Luchsinger Fox's book can also be purchased at several area book stores in Wasilla. "The idea just sort of came to me and it started going," said Lauren. Her grandparents Gary and Kathy Fox live here and her mother, Dena, grew up here.
Most of the students at Pinecrest Elementary School probably had never been exposed to string instruments. On Friday morning, that changed. The second- to fourth-graders became better acquainted with the help of the Royal Strings, an area musical quintet. For about an hour there was music from the cello, bass, viola and two violins as well as interaction with the musicians. The appearance of the Royal Strings, who visited Hastings schools in 2009, was made possible through a "What If" grant provided by the Hastings Public School Foundation.