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A Hastings man, 45-year-old Louis R. Oliver, faces a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree after he allegedly sexually assaulted a college student near Riverside Park in Minneapolis on Nov. 19. Oliver made his first court appearance in Hennepin County District on Tuesday (Dec. 4). According to the criminal complaint, the female was walking to a St. Catherine College building near the park. She was approached by a stranger.
Dakota County deputies arrested a duck hunter at Spring Lake Park Thursday, Nov. 29, after he allegedly shot at another hunter during an argument at the park in Nininger Township, west of Hastings. The individual, whose name has not been released has since been released from jail and the investigation continues. As of Wednesday morning (Dec. 5) no charges have been filed. According to the Dakota County Sheriff's office, deputies were called just after 2:30 p.m. to the park on the report of shots fired at a duck hunter.
They are just barely in a new school setting, learning how to adjust to hundreds of other students and a very large school building. Fitting right into this structure of learning what is outside the four walls for sixth- grade students at Hastings Middle School is the Junior Achievement's Economics for Success program. This is the first year of this particular Junior Achievement program at the middle school. Different components of Junior Achievement have been under way at the elementary schools and Hastings High School for several years.
The winners in the annual Voice of Democracy Essay Contest have been selected. Winners at Hastings High School are Christina Alongi, first; Sarah Zeien, second; Kay Lynn Johnson, third; and Garret Tuin, fourth. Winners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School are Robert C. Kirtz, first; Ryan Klein, second; Mitchell O'Brien, third; Laura Church, fourth; and Emily Weldon, fifth.
A free event by the community and for the community to help restore hope will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, in the Hastings High School auditorium. "Hope is Here" has been planned by members of the Hastings community in response to the tragedies involving Hastings youths in the past several months. It is their goal to reach out to bring back the hope within the community. "This is going to be a great night," said Doug Erickson, who was one of the people who got the ball rolling on the event. He wondered: what could be done to reach out and help others?
Hastings school district head school nurse Anne Conklin has been honored by her peers. The School Nurses Organization of Minnesota (SNOM) has selected her as its Administrator of the Year. Conklin has been the health services coordinator for Hastings schools since 1991.
Want to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner, but don't want to go through all the work? Perhaps you are alone this Thanksgiving dinner. A free community Thanksgiving dinner is scheduled again at the United Methodist Church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22.The planning has begun and the call is out for volunteers to assist with the meal preparation that day. The event coordinator is Karrie Hamilton Williamson. For more than five years, the church has offered its fellowship hall and local businesses have ensured there would be enough food.
The area incumbents have been returned to the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate. Rep. Denny McNamara, Republican, Hastings, and DFL Sen. Katie Sieben, Cottage Grove, easily were returned to office in Tuesday's general election. McNamara defeated his Democratic challenger Joanna Bayers, Hastings, 12,493 to 9,228, or about a 57 percent to 42 percent margin. Sieben defeated her Republican challenger Janis Quinlan, St. Paul Park, 26,998, to 15,256, or a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent. "I'm excited to serve the residents of the district again," said McNamara.
Hastings resident Mike Slavik earned the biggest victory of his still young political career Tuesday night and he was excited. "I'm just very excited to begin," said Slavik, who was elected as the Dakota County commissioner in District 1. After 32 years, the district has a new person on the county board as Commissioner Joe Harris, also of Hastings, is retiring at the end of the year. "I want to thank everyone - it has been a long campaign," he said.
He was mayor of Hampton for several years, then was defeated four years ago by Paye Flomo. Now, Timothy Skog will become mayor again as he defeated Flomo 196 to 117. Skog's return to office was part of the election news in the communities surrounding Hastings. In other election results: Coates -- mayor, John Gores was elected mayor with 675 votes; For city council, Christopher Gores and Marjorie Karnick were elected with 46 and 61 votes respectively. Hampton - For city council, Amanda Jensrud and John Knetter were elected with 207 and 167 votes respectively. Miesville -- Incumbent Mayor