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There is no city, county, or statewide election this year for Hastings voters. But there are major elections involving Hastings School District 200 Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The regular School Board election will be held for the four expiring terms on the School Board. Six candidates have filed for the positions - incumbent Dan Greil, and challengers Lisa Hedin, Kyle Latch, Jerry Baum, Russ Rohloff and Vince O'Brien.
Voters in Hastings School District 200 will decide Tuesday, Nov. 8, whether to renew an existing operating levy for another eight years. The existing operating levy was approved by voters in 2003 and provides $3.8 million to the school district each year. This same amount would be generated each year for the duration of the proposed extension of this levy, which is eight years, according to Superintendent Tim Collins. An operating levy is a local tax that helps to support educational programs, keep class sizes low, and pay for the daily operations of the school district, Collins said.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton students will celebrate their grandparents and then celebrate their school Friday, Oct. 14. The annual Grandparents Mass is at noon, followed by the marathon. Both activities begin and end at the church, 2035 W. 15th St. All grandparents (and family members) of Seton students are invited to the Mass. They will be able to sit with grandchildren for the Mass. Immediately afterwards, the marathon begins. Grandparents can walk with the students or wait at the church for their return.
A Thanksgiving tradition returns again to downtown Hastings. The annual Gobble Gait has a new route, but a very familiar message this year -- to raise funds and food for Hastings Family Service. Begun as a small run/walk in 1998 to benefit Hastings Family Service, the event is no longer small. Last year more than 2,200 participated in the 2K walk and 8K run.
The bright lights of the Canadian Pacific 2011 Holiday Train will be heading to, and then stopping in, Hastings this December. The train will stop in Hastings at about 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the train depot on East Second Street in downtown Hastings. There will be entertainment, a presentation to the Hastings Family Service food shelf, and an opportunity for the community to continue its support to help end hunger here. For the 13th year, two specially-decorated freight trains will begin their unique journeys across six Canadian provinces and eight states.
The upcoming levy referendum is one of renewal. The district is not seeking any additional funding. That is the message that Hastings Independent School District 200 Superintendent Tim Collins wants the voters and the taxpayers to understand. Eight years ago, the voters in the district approved an operating levy. That levy will expire this year. Now the question is: "Do we keep the existing and staffing level or face reductions in both?" Voters will decide at the general election Tuesday, Nov. 8.
This is it! Or it soon will be. The Hastings Area Senior Center is the "happening place" for many activities, meetings and just a gathering spot. As of last week, the Senior Center has a new home at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River St.
Nine Spring Fling grants were awarded to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School teachers at the Sept. 14 school Mass. Approximately $9,500 in grants were presented by the Spring Fling grant Committee.
Several years ago, Hastings resident Pete Likes performed at a concert where a spaghetti dinner helped to bring in donations for the food shelf at Hastings Family Service. Now, Likes is doing it again. Likes has set Sunday, Nov. 13, as the date for a "Give Thanks" concert at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He has invited musicians from all Hastings churches to participate. All donations, cash and food, will be given to the food shelf at Hastings Family Service. "Thanksgiving 2011 will be two weeks away and the need for giving in Hastings is greater now than ever," he said.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for a Hastings man, Dennis Michael Dick, 45, who did not appear for a mandated court appearance earlier this month. He was scheduled to appear in Dakota County District Court after he allegedly fired shots near the Rivertown Church last summer. The incident was reported June 21, 2010, and this past May, Dick was charged with one felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality.