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Remembering and honoring. The Hastings community will honor all those who have served our country with the annual Veterans Day observances Wednesday, Nov. 11. A dinner and program will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hastings Country Inn with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program following. The meal is $13 and tickets can be purchased at the American Legion, Green Mill Restaurant Bar and Grill, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Hastings resident and North Dakota State University student Aren Schluessler loves animals and loves to travel. This summer, she combined both. She spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Schluessler was part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and then spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary. The Veterinary Service program brings students to Thailand for two weeks to volunteer alongside a staff veterinarian.
The perception is that it is not here in Minnesota, let alone Dakota County and Hastings. After Tuesday morning’s press conference in Hastings, toss out that assumption. Hastings Police have charged six men with soliciting minors for sex. The charges result from a Sept. 10 undercover operation at a Hastings motel under the direction of the Operation Guardian Angel initiative of the Minneapolis Police Department. Its leader is Sgt. Grant Snyder, who has headed it since it was created in February 2014.
An undercover anti-sex trafficking operation Sept. 10 at a Hastings motel has resulted in the filing of felony charges against six men, two of whom live in the area.
For more than 40 years, Hastings resident Doug Differt was doing his part to improve and maintain the highways in Minnesota — as an engineer and deputy commissioner with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). In retirement, Differt continues to strive to improve the lives of others, most noticeably young people who are seeking employment in the science, technology and math (STEM) areas. He now has his own consulting firm. Now a group of individuals, who have worked with and known Differt for many years, are honoring Differt with a special foundation.
After more than eight months, wild weather and Canadian wildfires, Luke Kimmes and his five fellow canoers have reached the Arctic. Kimmes, whose parents Steve and LaVonne grew up in Hastings and still have relatives here, and five of his friends had stopped in Hastings April 2 as they continued their trip on the Mississippi River. Their trip began Jan 2 just west of New Orleans and they hoped to reach the Arctic by September. And they accomplished just that according to Kimmes’ most recent update on the Rediscovering North America blog. They reached the Arctic Circle Sept.
The majority of the roof replacement is almost complete, as is the new playground structures on the west side of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School (SEAS). But this is what is visible outside. What is far more important is what has been happening, and will continue to happen inside. When he became principal last year, Tim Sullivan had major goals. He’s kept them again for this year. “We have made the commitment to keep the kindergarten and first grade classrooms the smallest we can (number-wise),” he said.
They counted birds each Wednesday and they formed relationships. What began five years ago as a funded bird study in Hastings has continued for some of the clients of Lifeworks Services. Cornell University provided a grant for the study, which involved Lifeworks Services clients watching the birds in a certain area for most of the summer. Their mission was to document what kinds of birds they saw and heard, and where they saw them.
A total of 89 Hastings High School student musicians are working hard and having fun this summer. The community can see and hear what has been happening through most of the summer months when the annual Hastings High School Marching Band preview show is presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Todd Field. Hastings has had a competitive marching band for 26 years, said director Emily Chandler. This definitely is one of the largest groups practicing and performing. “And it is more than the music,” stressed Chandler.
The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) is recognizing two area artists for their talents and contributions to the local arts community. Art Nordstrom of Hastings and Charlotte Vick of Prescott will receive HPAAC’s Art Hero award at the organization’s fourth annual fundraising gala, held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 15th St. W. Nordstrom has lived in Hastings since 1965 and spent most of his career teaching art at Hastings High School.