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Jean Carlson loved to ballroom dance when she was younger. When her four grandchildren married, she said she would dance at of their weddings. And she did. As her 100th birthday neared, Carlson said she wanted to dance at the party. Her birthday was last Friday, June 24, and Carlson danced at the party - with her son, Dr. John Carlson. The Friday party was for Carlson's friends at Regina Residence where she has lived since last December. Another family party was held over the weekend. Carlson was born 100 years ago in Croatia, now part of Yugoslavia.
At least one Hastings couple was swindled out of a sum of money by a Florida man, who told them he needed the money to get their grandson out of a jail in Florida. On Wednesday afternoon, Robert Attias, 33, Miami, Fla., was charged in Dakota County District Court with one felony count of theft by swindle.
Dakota County District Judge Michael Mayer has ordered that email messages between Hastings police and Eagan police regarding the Rene Doffing corkscrew theft case be produced. Doffing's attorney Paul Engh had filed a motion for the documents and the judge signed the order June 22. Engh said Tuesday he expects the documents to be produced by Aug. 5 and another hearing will be scheduled at that time. He will file a motion to dismiss the misdemeanor theft charge against Doffing, a Hastings police officer.
Dakota County and the Vermillion River Watershed have played a leadership role in how to understand and address groundwater and surface water contamination from agricultural activities through the Agricultural Outreach program, developed as a result of the Hastings Area Nitrate Study. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved an extension of the contract with the University of Minnesota to continue this program through June 2012.
Dakota County has renewed its commercial auto insurance with Travelers Insurance for an annual premium of $174,328, or a 3.1 percent increase over the current premium. The policy is in place from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012, with a liability coverage limit per claim of $500,000 and a per-accident limit of $1,500,000, which are consistent with the county's liability limits under Minnesota law. The policy covers the county's 319 vehicles in the sheriff, parks, and transportation departments. The county has experienced significantly fewer losses over the past year.
The outreach of bringing news about Jesus Christ to the Hastings community began last fall when the Community of Hope began its campus in Hastings. It began holding worship services at Hastings High School. Now, the church services are moving to more visible location - the community room at Premier Bank, 909 Vermillion St.
Air Force Capt. Ryan Ernst of Hastings was recently presented the Bronze Star and the Army Accommodation Medal. According to the narrative read at the Bronze Star medal presentation, "1LT (first lieutenant - he has since been promoted to captain) Ernst distinguished himself through exceptionally meritorious service in a combat zone from Oct. 22, 2010 to June 30, 2011, while assigned as the S-7, Information Operations Officer, Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction (PRT), Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in support of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations.
Students in School District 200 will be in classes for a longer period of time beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. Elementary through high school students will be in school from 20 to 25 minutes longer each day. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the Hastings district had ranked 403rd of about 450 school districts for the amount of time students were in classes. At the high school, students will begin classes at 7:50 a.m. and be dismissed at 2:40 p.m. Students will be in classes six hours and 30 minutes.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School's eighth-grade celebrated its graduation June 1 with a Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. The students planned the Mass and it included songs and readings selected by them. The evening opened with the song, "My Wish," sung by the eighth-grade class with classmate Reggie Bauer accompanying on the piano. During the Mass their teachers, past and present, were recognized for their contributions to their character and education. The class brought up mementos that represented each year they attended SEAS School and placed them on the altar.
The Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) has accredited St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Hastings for the eligibility period of 2011 to 2017. Seton School has been accredited for many years. Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance with a goal to evaluate, validate, and improve each school's quality.