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Jake Johnson's first camping experience was at Afton State Park just north of Hastings in Washington County. Last Saturday, May 7, Jake returned to the park to complete a project for his Boy Scout Eagle project. Working with about 10-12 other scouts from his Troop 504 and Troop 534 and several adults, Jake supervised, nailed and installed three erosion prevention structures along one of the park trails. "This will help to stop erosion," said Jake, as he described the long, narrow wood structure. Jake said he enjoys being outdoors.
For many of the young Pinecrest students, it was their first visit to the LeDuc Historic Estate. The Pinecrest first grade students, accompanied by a number of parents, also had the opportunity last Wednesday to check on the five chickens which had been born at their school at the end of March.
Simply stated, Chris Callahan loves teaching, and is excited every day when she comes to Christa McAuliffe Elementary School where she teaches third grade students. She cannot imagine doing anything else. That's the way it has been for 32 years of teaching - first special education and, now for the past 22 years, elementary students for Callahan, who was selected last week as Education Minnesota - Hastings, Teacher of the Year. "Everyone deserves this," she said. "We all work together." Callahan's background is in education.
Almost a year and a half after the chase through the city of Hastings, the case stemming from the chase has ended. On May 11, Roman Tokarev, 28, pleaded guilty to three felony charges - assault in the second degree, fleeing a police office in a motor vehicle, and felon in possession of a firearm - and was sentenced to 120 months in prison. The sentence is an upward departure of the recommended 57 months. The departure was based on the fact that this was Tokarev's third violent offense. His prior felony convictions were for aggravated robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Spiral Natural Foods has selected a new location - 1250 South Frontage Road. It hopes to be in the location by July 31. In February, Hastings Family Service relocated to the west side of the building that Spiral Natural Foods occupies on East Second Street.
The Hastings High School Military Support Group, along with the community's initiative, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, has been recognized by Minnesota Second District Congressman John Kline at the recent Stars of the North ceremony for its unselfishness giving to our military, veterans and their families. Accepting the award for the Military Support Group was Dani Truax, and accepting the award for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was Bob Sellars, on behalf of Dean Markuson. Through the Hastings High School Military Support Group, the students find support, friendship and ways to help members and their
When the founders of the Black Dirt Theater group got together almost three years ago, founders envisioned bringing theater to the community in a variety of ways. They have brought it to the school children, to Hastings Community Television, to Rivertown Days, and this past winter to Minnesota Fringe in Minneapolis. Now, it's on to the next step of the journey, says co-founder Andy Langenfeld, as he talked about the upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma." "We are open to what the community wants," said Langenfeld.
The waiting is almost over. Spiral Natural Foods will announce its new store location Thursday, May 5. Board members will make the announcement at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Hastings Country Club, 2015 Westview Drive. "We will announce our new location and talk about member loans," said board chair Noah Kurth. All interested are invited to attend the announcement. There will also be a discussion regarding the vision for the new store. In February, Hastings Family Service relocated to the west side of the building that Spiral Natural Foods occupies on East Second Street.
The United Way of Hastings recently presented an allocation of $14,900 in support of programs associated with Hastings Independent School District (ISD) 200. Five programs benefit this year. Each spring, a group of individuals from the community join the United Way of Hastings Community Investment Committee and review applications for funding from several Hastings agencies. This process includes interviews with selected agencies.
Continue the legacy and raise funds to fight breast cancer. The Mickey's Hope Team, which consists of members of former Hastings resident Mickey O'Connor family and friends, is sponsoring a fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 30, at 2nd Street Depot, in downtown Hastings. The Mickey's Hope team will walk in the Twin Cities 3-Day Walk for the Cure Aug. 19-21. O'Connor, an enthusiastic Hastings volunteer for many years, was a breast cancer survivor for 13 years and her home was filled with signs, plaques, vases, and even rocks with the word "HOPE" written on them.