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Enjoy the beat of the polka music, dance a little, or just sit back and enjoy. The Jolly Huntsmen Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, on the grounds of the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St.
The Hastings Independent School District 200 School Board will have a new look after this fall's election. Three of the incumbents, whose terms expire this year - Chair Leslie Nielsen, Amy Peltier and Brad Stoneberg - did not file for re-election. The filing period closed Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16. Incumbent Dan Greil did file for another term. There are five other candidates for the four openings on the board. They are Lisa Hedin, former school board member Vincent O'Brien, Jerry Baum, Russ Rohloff and Kyle Latch. The general election is Tuesday, Nov.
A report published this week shows the number of homes sold at sheriffs' sales across the state of Minnesota continued to increase in the second quarter of 2011 compared to first quarter 2011. The same can be said for Dakota County's numbers. The report shows that there were 11,257 foreclosures in Minnesota in the first half of 2011. For the six-month period ending June 30, sheriff's sales in Dakota County were at 1,630. For the entire 2010, sheriff sales in Dakota County totaled 2,147.
He played the piano and taught music for years at Hastings Middle School. He also had a following at the former Steamboat Inn in Prescott. Dave Pattridge is still playing the piano and has a group of singers, "The Levee Singers," with him. They will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the LeDuc Historic Estate grounds as part of the free summer concert series. The group's participatory style occasionally involves members of the crowd in sing-a-longs or short skits.
They learn about their city, a treasured site within it and birds, and they are having fun doing it. Lifeworks Services clients now are inviting the Hastings community to "Celebrate the Birds" at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St., at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug, 18. The event is free and for all ages. The event will include a scavenger hunt for the children, a photo display (taken during their observations) and other bird artwork. Lemonade will be served. Clients of Lifework Services have been studying the bird species at the mansion since the middle of May.
When Mike Pepin was a police officer in Woodbury for 15 years, he helped the community and its people. He is still doing the helping, but in a different way. He is now a financial consultant and this week he joined Biermaier Financial Management at its Hastings office. "Throughout my life, my other passion has always been finance, and I was being drawn more and more to it," said Pepin.
This is it. The Black Dirt Theater Company's production of the musical "Oklahoma" premieres this week at Hastings High School. This is community theater at its best. Community members act, sing and dance on stage, while others work behind the scenes on the music, the set, the costumes and the props. Now the community can enjoy and appreciate their efforts. This is a production for the entire community, said Black Dirt Theater Company co-founder and musical director Andy Langenfeld. That is part of the mission of the company, he said.
The orientation schedule for Hastings Middle School students has been set. Fifth-grade students will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23; sixth-grade students will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. A make-up session will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug.
Close to 30 teams with more than 280 members will be walking around a portion of the student parking lot at Hastings High School, raising funds for the American Cancer Society. The previous 16 events have raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society. The 17th annual Hastings Bridge to a Cure will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the high school, 200 General Sieben Drive. The walk is open to the public at no charge. "Everyone is welcome to join us as we walk for cancer survivors and victims this Friday," said Bridge to a Cure co-chair Deb McCoy.
It would be quite an understatement to say that DCA Title in Hastings is a company with dedicated employees. Richard Welshons, president, noted that a number of his employees have more than 20 years of services(18 of them do, to be exact). Last Thursday, July 14, Richard and his brother, vice-president David, held a party to honor four employees who had a combined 134 years of employment.