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Mark Zuzek wants it known. It is humbling to accept the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year award. He couldn't do what he does without the help and support of so many people, including his family, staff, community people he said. Zuzek is the Hastings Middle School principal, a position he has held since 1999. He loves what he does. "I am the luckiest man in the world," he said. "I can't think of working in a better community; I know I'm working in an awesome school with colleagues I love, and with kids who are terrific." Zuzek used to be one of the kids.
It has been almost two years since the federal government passed the federal stimulus package, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which provided more than $778 billion for infrastructure projects, health care, education, housing, energy efficiency programs, state and local fiscal relief, and personal and tax credits. Dakota County has applied for and received some of the funds in the past two years.
Enjoy an early Valentine's Day event with a good meal, music, and help Mission Mexico raise some funds for this year's trip in June. The first Mission Mexico Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St. Doors opens at 6 p.m., with dinner (catered by the Point) at 6:30 p.m. Young people who have participated in previous Mission Mexico trips will present a slide show and offer testimonials at 7:30 p.m. The live auction follows. Walden Pond Revisited will provide music from 5:30 p.m.
by Jane Lightbourn Staff writer For more than 90 years, St. Mathias School in Hampton has held true to its mission of offering a Christian, Catholic education for its students. At the end of this 20101-2011 school, St. Mathias School, located next to the namesake church in Hampton, will close. There are 22 students at the school. On Friday, Jan. 14, the Rev. John Nienstedt, archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, made the announcement that St. Mathias, St. Joseph's School in Red Wing and San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis would close.
Spencer Jorgensen prepared by studying the atlas. It worked. He won the annual Hastings Middle School Geography Bee held Jan. 5 in the school auditorium. The eighth-grade student now will complete a written exam for possible advancement in the state competition later his spring. Jorgenson was one of 10 Hastings Middle School students who competed in the final Geography Bee event Jan. 5. Other semi-finalists were Krista Gomez, Alana Ritt, Noah Sunderland, Katie Roach, Forest Close, Tommy Knutson, Jake Meier, Skyler Rawling and Leighton Sundberg.
A car accident changed the career plans for Dr. Lorraine Hurst. The crash led her to become a chiropractor. She joined Power Within Chiropractic last week. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Hurst was attending college in Saskatchewan and was pursuing a business degree. "I was in a car accident and had severe headaches," said Hurst. "I went to a (chiropractic) doctor in Saskatchewan and I was better in three weeks. She inspired me." Hurst did complete her business degree and actually worked in business for several years, but then she made the decision to come to St.
The United Way of Hastings will honor its donors and volunteers and announce who is its favorite 2011 "Calendar Hero" during an evening of recognition from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Jan. 28, at the Hastings Country Club, 2015 Westview Drive. Social hour is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with donor, volunteer and 2011 Hastings Heroes recognition from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The annual business meeting will also be held. Live music, presented by local entertainers, will be provided from 7:30 p.m.
The first baby born at Regina Medical Center in 2011 has arrived. Ethan Nicholas Freiermuth was born at 5:12 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, to Jamaica Lynch and Nicholas Freiermuth of Hastings. At birth, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. He has one sister, Alayna, who turned 1 on Wednesday (Jan. 5) of this week. Lynch said that Ethan was actually due Jan. 4, so he was just a little early. When Lynch's doctor, Dr.
Tania Fay Pryor, 37, a former owner of Hastings-area H$R Block tax preparation franchises, will begin serving a 180-day jail sentence in the Dakota County Jail on Feb. 21 for tax evasion. Pryor owned five H&R franchises and a daycare center in Hastings from 2004 to 2007. Originally charged in 2009 with 18 felony counts for failure to file income tax, failure to pay income tax, and failure to file Minnesota withholding tax, Pryor pleaded guilty to 11 counts of failure to pay or collect taxes. As part of a plea agreement, the other counts were dismissed.
For Madison Caroon, a fourth-grade student at McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings, it was Christmas and New Year's all wrapped into one special day. After an eight-month deployment, her mother, Holly Caroon, who serves in the United States Air Force, returned to Hastings. Madison's father, Jeff, also Air Force, picked Holly up at the airport, then drove her to Hastings, where they surprised Madison at school.