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Nathan Karstens is now the Modern Woodmen financial representative in Hastings. After more than 25 years as the Hastings-area representative, Mary Zak has semi-retired. The office remains in the same location - 1300 Vermillion St. in the Midtown area. Karstens took a bit of a different road to the office. Originally from South Dakota, he studied computer science, was in the restaurant business, and owned a bait shop before deciding to change his career. He participated in training, became licensed through some very intensive tests, and was assigned to the Hastings area.
Learn more about what women are doing and the ministries they are involved in when the United Methodist Women's Mugs and Muffins present a "Women in Business" expo from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12, at the United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St. The women of the church will provide information about the businesses and ministries they are involved in. Guests will find out what the women do, what is close to their hearts, and perhaps find a new opportunity for them.
He spent years as a pilot, then found a new career working with young people and spreading the word of God. Catholic speaker David Rinaldi will make two presentations at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., in the next month. Both will follow the 6 p.m. Mass at the church. The first will be "When God Says No," presented Sunday, March 6.
Both the number of juvenile offenders and the number of felony-level juvenile offenders decreased in Dakota County in 2010 from the previous year. However, Hastings was the one of two cities that saw an increase in numbers, from 70 juveniles charged in 2009 to 83 in 2010. Three of the charges were filed against a Hastings Middle School student who brought a gun to school in April.
Innovative, creative and challenging. These are some of the words used to describe the work of the Hastings Public Schools Foundation, founded by the community to provide funds for new and unique learning opportunities not available through current public funding. It is operated independently of the school district.
Dan Scheuermann, a 22-year-employee with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, has been promoted to commander. His appointment became effective Monday, Feb. 14. Scheuermann's most recent position has been captain in the patrol division. During his career, he has held a variety of assignments, including jail administrator, patrol sergeant, and he spent seven years as detective with the Drug Task Force. Scheuermann, teamed with his canine partner, Rajah, was recognized as one of the top drug detection canine teams in the United States.
The number of mortgage foreclosures in the state increased by 11 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a report released this week.
In the book, "Flat Stanley," Stanley was flattened by a bulletin board and sent through the mail on a variety of adventures. Likewise, the "flat" versions of the 14 second-grade students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion have had their share of adventures through the area, the country, and beyond - one went to Germany. And all within a matter of weeks. The Flat Stanley books originated with author Jeff Brown. St. John's second-grade teacher Maria Therres was familiar with the books and when she started teaching at the school, she introduced the books to her students.
It was up close and personal Tuesday morning when children's author Lehman Riley met with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School students. From questions about being published to his personal tastes, the students were curious about Riley. They were also hungry. Selected students from the third to eighth grades had luncheon meetings with Riley in the library. Three sessions were held as the students ate their spaghetti dinners and asked questions. Media center specialist Christine Meshak arranged Riley's appearance at Seton School.
Its move is on schedule, and Hastings Family Service will open for regular business hours Tuesday, Feb. 15, at its new location, 301 E. Second St., in downtown Hastings. The agency continues to hold regular business hours at its current location, 121 E. Third St., this week and will only be closed two days - Saturday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb.