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Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores released last week show that Minnesota students had a very difficult time with the reading test and more success with the math tests. Likewise, Hastings students -- Hastings High School, Hastings Middle School and Kennedy, McAuliffe and Pinecrest elementary schools —- experienced similar proficiency results.
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"1863: The Price of Victory" is the theme of Civil War Weekend at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8 p.m. Admission prices run from $5 to $8 (free for members of Dakota County Historical Society and military personnel and their immediate families.) Visitors will have an opportunity to go back in history to the events of 1863 by observing the following: Saturday, Sept. 7: 10 a.m., Flag Raising by 3rd Minnesota Infantry.
When the 2013-2014 school year begins Tuesday, Sept. 4, about 280 students will return to classes at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. Additional children attend the preschool and kindergarten at the church. That number has remained consistent for years. There is a reason for it, according to principal Dr. Jill Moes. "I believe we remain strong because of our location — we are not competing with another Catholic school in Hastings," she said. "We not only have the parish's support, but the community supports us.
Angie McGinnis has been familiar with St. Philip's Early Learning Center for years. Her two children have been in it, and she and her husband Pete were very supportive of it during those years. Then, two years ago, she was a substitute teacher in the program. Now, she has a more permanent role. She is new the director of the program. Former director Kathy Wolpers resigned after 19 years earlier this summer, and McGinnis was recently tabbed as her successor.
Set a goal, raise funds and then distribute funds through agencies in the community such as Hastings School District 200. For years, that was the focus of the United Way of Hastings, now almost 50 years old. While the organization still raises and allocates funds and helps in the community, the organization has taken much more of a proactive approach in the past several years.
A Hastings man will spend the next 30 years in prison. Last week, United States District Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Mark Matthew Cortes, 25, to 360 months in prison, along with a lifetime of supervised release, on one count of production of child pornography. Cortes was indicted on Dec. 3, 2012, and pleaded guilty on April 9.
The number of pre-foreclosure notices continues to drop significantly in the Twin Cities, including Dakota County. During the first half of 2013 the number of completed sheriff’s sales, the final step of the foreclosure process in Minnesota, has fallen to the lowest level since the beginning of the housing crisis. Statewide, there were 6,795 foreclosures in the first two quarters of 2013. This number is 29 percent less than the same period of 2012.
When it comes to their Christian faith, Dan and Barb Massman are living it every day. That includes their workplace. They are the owners/managers of Hastings radio station 1460 AM KDWA. Last week, the St. Paul Minneapolis Archdiocese honored the Massmans (along with nine other businesses/organizations) within the Archdiocese with its Leading with Faith Award. Each week, the Massmans donate air time for the broadcast of area worship services for those who cannot attend them. Both are active volunteers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
There will be at least one new face on the Hastings School Board after this November's election. When the filing period closed Tuesday afternoon, two incumbents, Dan Cater and Angie McGinnis, and three challengers, Scott Gergen, Russ Rohloff and Herman Fasbender, had filed for the three open positions. Incumbent School Board member Teresa Moes did not file for another four-year term.