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New York Times best-selling author Garth Stein will read from and sign copies of his award-winning book, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Hastings Middle School. His appearance is part of the 2013 Hastings Reads and is open to the community. During the day, Stein will be working with students at the school. Other events Hastings residents will be able to discuss Stein's book at several events before his visit here. The Senior Center book group will discuss "The Art of racing in the Rain" at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Senior Center, 310 River St.
A man and his dog visited St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School last week, and they were instant stars. Actually, they have been stars for quite a while through a children's book. Charlie Johnson, owner of Whistling Well Farm and author of "Emmy of Whistling Well Farm," and Emmy were at the school last Thursday as part of the annual Catholic Education week. Johnson talked about the book, which has been available since last October and Emmy did what she does best - sat on the sidelines and watched. What has happened since October? More than 1,600 copies of the book have been sold.
They arrived with fanfare at the Hastings District 200 schools last Wednesday morning. Hastings High School musicians Rachel Roberts, Michael Notch and John Moes announced the good news with trumpets blaring as representatives of the Hastings Public Schools Foundation (HPSF) presented this year's "What If" grants to district staff members. A total of 19 grants totaling more than $59,000 were presented to district staff members.
For years, Dakota County and the Vermillion River Watershed have played a leadership role in working to understand and address groundwater and surface water contamination from agricultural activities through the Agricultural Outreach program, developed as a result of the Hastings Area Nitrate Study almost 10 years ago.
Hastings School District 200 has had the Adult Basic Education program in place for more than 20 years. It helps adults earn their GED, learn English (as a second language), and prepare for college and or technical colleges.
Two weeks ago, a special referee recommended that Hastings attorney Rebekah Nett be suspended from the practice of law for six months. Last week, the head of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board said his board of directors believes that a six-month suspension is not severe enough punishment. Nett practices law out of the Westview Law Center in Hastings. In November, the Board had filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School celebrates Catholic Education Week next week with a number of activities for students, staff and parents. It will continue to draw attention to its foundation, its strengths and the culture of the school. Principal Dr. Jill Moes smiles when talking about the school. The Hastings native, who graduated from the school, knew it well then. She knows it better now after returning to it as principal a little more than two years ago. "We're strong and able," she said. "Our school culture is a beautiful balance of respect for each other and a respect for life.
Snow Week 2013 will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 28, to Friday, Feb. 1, at the Hastings High School. The yearly event is sponsored by the Student Council. The events kick off Jan. 28 with the annual variety show at 7 p.m.
When St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School teacher Darlene Thiele looked at new reading textbooks for the school, the first act of "The Phantom Tollbooth" was included. "I immediately loved the interesting characters and the clever play on words," she said. "This play was perfect for casting 29 students and also fit into our language arts curriculum of learning literary terms such as idioms and puns." Norton Jester's "The Phantom Tollbooth" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Seton School gymnasium.
Austin Wellman has always had the spirit of adventure. As a member of the University of Minnesota marching band, he traveled extensively around the country. He even spent a semester in Hawaii. He is now teaching second grade at the American International School in Kuwait. For the past two weeks, Wellman returned home to Vermillion and visited his former school -- St. John the Baptist. The second grade students of Maria Therres have become pen pals of his students in Kuwait. The visit provided an opportunity for the students to learn more about Kuwait. On this visit, St.