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Hastings Boy Scout Blake Gerold has been presented a $1,000 Eagle Scout Scholarship to continue his education. The presentation was held earlier this month at the Gathering of Eagles at Base Camp near Fort Snelling. This year the Northern Star Council awarded 32 $1,000 scholarships to candidates demonstrating outstanding troop leadership, scholastic achievement and strong citizenship to the community. The council's scholarship program has awarded more than $390,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1990.
All four Hastings incumbent Hastings City Council members have filed for re-election. As of Wednesday morning the candidates filing are Anthony (Tony) Alongi, Ward 1; Joe Balsanek, Ward 2; Tony Nelson, Ward 3; and Danna Elling Schultz, Ward 4. Brian Meeks had also filed for the Ward 3 seat and Michael Grady has filed for Ward 1. The filing period for city, county, state and federal offices closes Tuesday, June 5. For Hastings residents, the four city council ward seats expire this year. Interested people can file at Hastings City Hall during regular business hours -- 8 a.m.
The kindergarten class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School got a look, taste and feel for another country Tuesday afternoon. Members of the Reents family - John and Amy, brother Tim, and grandmother Shirley -- introduced the 35 young people to New Guinea. Students sampled food, different juices and fruits and learned about the animals, plants, clothing and artifacts of New Guinea, where the family lived for many years.
Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Vermillion, celebrated their month-long study of writing and reading poetry with their annual Poetry Pause event. The returning guest during the afternoon assembly was Twin Cities children's author and poet Jessica Freeburg. Freeburg spent time at the all-school event, meeting with parents and guests to talk about her journey of discovering her love of writing and drawing. Freeburg also shared some of her published poems with the students and inspired them to keep writing.
Hastings Family Service is home. After years of planning and several moves, Hastings Family Service is now in its permanent location at 301 Second Street E. and the community is invited to celebrate at the open house scheduled for Saturday, May. 19. Over the past four months, renovations were completed in two phases with Hastings Family Service shifting occupancy from one side of the building to the other as each phase was completed. This weekend, Hastings Family Service will finally be moved into the entire building and the new and improved Clothes Closet and More will be re-opening.
Hastings High School math teacher Laura Zabel has been named the University of Minnesota 2012 William E. Gardner PreK-12 Outstanding Educator. Zabel is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Band Program. She continues to be an active supporter of the University of Minnesota and earned one of the highest honors for an alumnus awarded each year. The William E.
His buddies Caleb Jacobson and Caleb Stanford warmed up to it immediately, but Lucas Peters seemed a bit uncomfortable with the recognition Friday afternoon. Lucas, a fourth-grade student in Kelly Kelly's room at McAuliffe Elementary School was selected a Super Advocate by the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Hastings School District Interim Director of Special Services Laura Bolstad made the presentation of the special robe, certificate and Dairy Queen certificate. "This is for you, Lucas, for going out of your way," said Bolstad.
Two former students of the Valley School in Denmark Township joined more than 50 other guests to witness the re-birth May 1 of the schoolhouse, built in 1852 in the former village of Point Douglas. Richard Hullander and Carroll Fuhe shared several memories with guests who witnessed the official transfer of ownership of the school to the Denmark Township Historical Society. "When I was 14 years old, I had my first job opening the school in the morning, starting the fire and doing some cleaning," said Hullander.
A 60-year-old Hastings man, Steven James Rother, will serve a 12-year and a three-year term concurrently for his guilty pleas to two criminal sex conduct charges. On Monday, May 7, Dakota County District Court Judge Michael Sovis sentenced Rother to prison and set other conditions at a hearing. Rother was taken into custody and has since been transported to the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St. Cloud to serve his sentence. Rother was charged in October after two children ages 10 and 13 reported to Dakota County deputies that he had touched them inappropriately.
A Hastings restaurant was one of one of at least five businesses in Hastings targeted in a theft scheme involving a former liquor distributor. This week, Hastings Police charged Stephen Lamers, 40, Owatonna, with nine felony counts of theft by swindle (over $2,500, aggregating). Lamers allegedly stole more than $35,000 from April 2007 to August 2011 from the Hastings restaurant. According to the criminal complaint, Hastings Police first learned about the theft scheme in the fall of 2011 and began their investigation. It led to Lamers, a liquor distributor who worked with the restaurant.