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Looking for something for you and your family to do this week? The annual Rivertown Days festival, brought to the community by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday, July 17, to Sunday, July 19, and includes a variety of activities – a carnival, sports tournaments, childrens’ games, a fine arts show, arts and crafts fair, musical entertainment along the Mississippi River front, sidewalk sales, petting zoo, pedal tractor pull, a duck race, K-9 demonstration, a fireworks display, and parade, this yea
The wildfires in Canada are having their impact on Luke Kimmes and his fellow canoers as they continue their canoe trip to the Arctic. Kimmes, whose parents Steve and LaVonne grew up in Hastings and still have relatives here, and five of his friends stopped in Hastings April 2 as they continued their trip on the Mississippi River. Their trip began Jan.
Jackie (Doffing) Geisinger focuses on the positive. It has been almost six weeks since her brother Kirk Doffing, 45, an accountant in West Hollywood, was severely beaten by four men as he walked on May 24. “The brain will heal – it just takes a long time, and we have no idea the damage until he heals,” said Geisinger, who has been traveling back and forth to California to be with her brother.
The Edina Realty medallion hunt will again kick off this year’s Rivertown Days festival. The first clue in the hunt will be released at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 13, at the Edina Realty office, 1640 South Frontage Road. Shortly afterwards, the clue will be read on KDWA Radio (1460AM). A new clue will be released at Edina Realty at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday until the medallion is found. The medallion, actually a piece of plexiglass which can be held in one hand, will be hidden on public property.
Kalvin Hinderscheid, Connor Kusant and Caleb Matzke are good friends, recent graduates of Hastings High School (last Friday), and now have achieved Boy Scouts’ highest ranking – Eagle Scout. They attended preschool together, started first grade, then joined Cub Scout Pack 444, before eventually joining Boy Scout Troop 534. Scouting has been very important in their lives. “My neighbor got me interested,” said Matzke.
They took one last ride around the playground in Bruce Bauer’s specially made “Tow Mater,” as the students cheered and clapped. Even new principal Kyle Latch looked ready to start school. It was Kennedy Elementary School’s send-off last Thursday for retiring principal Diane Smith and retiring teachers Kim Smidt and Mary Reisinger. No one knew about the special ceremony. The students and the other teachers went outside on the playground and waited briefly.
They have something to say, and they will get the opportunity to share their thoughts at the 2015 Hastings High School commencement Friday, June 5. In addition to receiving their diplomas that evening, Craig Nielsen, Keith Mikel, Johnathan Moes, and Alaina Mattimiro will be the speakers, addressing their fellow classmates, family and friends. They would not have it any other way. “This is a good idea,” said Mattimiro. “We are someone who the class can relate to.
Ana Spinler picked up the guitar and played a song she had composed especially for the evening. The song, “Home,” gave Spinler top honors in the 7th annual St.
A Dakota County jury decided that there was not enough evidence to convict a former Hastings priests of criminal sexual abuse. On Tuesday evening, after four hours of deliberations, the jury acquitted former priest Francis Hoefgen of two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. The trial had begun last Wednesday, May 20, and concluded earlier Tuesday. Hoefgen, 64, now living in Columbia Heights, had been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a former altar boy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings from the spring of 1989 to the fall of 1991.
Kyle Latch will begin his new position with the Hastings School District 200 July 1. At its regular May 20 meeting, the Hastings School board appointed him to succeed Diane Smith as the principal at Kennedy Elementary School this next year. Smith is retiring at the end of the school year. Latch was elected to the Hastings School Board in 2011, with his first term expiring at the end of the year.