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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.
Vsevolod (Sava) Ganinets, 16, in every sense, is a member of the family at the McGuire-Johnson household here in Hastings. They do a number of things together, including studying, eating meals, participating in recreational activities and going on vacations. Spring break, for example, was spent in Florida.
Hastings High School senior Klair Becker puts her family first. She spends many hours, several nights a week providing around-the clock care for her grandparents. She would not have it any other way. Becker, who graduates this June, was recently honored as the April Rotary Club's Student of the Month. Her nominator, Hastings High School counselor Melissa Bezotte, lauds Becker's accomplishments and what she is doing with her life.
Black Dirt Theater Company will produce "The Sound of Music" this summer. "We invite everyone to come and be a part of this well- known production," said Black Dirt Artistic Director Andy Langenfeld. Last summer, more than 100 volunteers came together in weeks of rehearsals to create an unforgettable "Oklahoma." "We encourage people at every level of experience to come and audition," said Langenfeld. "Black Dirt is about empowering local performers to create amazing theater. "We have an exciting team lined up to create a beautiful show this summer.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton , Kennedy and Christa McAuliffe schools in Hastings, and St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion will learn how to think like engineers when they take a field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota .
It is time to mark the calendar for the annual meeting and banquet of the Hastings High School Alumni Association. This year's banquet - the 129th meeting - will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Hastings Country Club. "We are the oldest, active alumni association in the country," said Alumni Association Secretary Geno Halberg. "It is about tradition - holding on to it. "It is the history we share, those of us who graduated from Hastings High School," said Halberg.
When Colleen Shaskin was growing up, her brother was an amazing storyteller. She always liked that and then, years later, she and friend Tina Rohde enjoyed the storytelling at a conference in Iowa. They quickly decided to form their own company - Wonder Weavers - Storytellers . Last Thursday, Shaskin, performing solo, offered traditional and original stories to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Preschool students. For close to an hour, she told stories, using facial expressions, puppets and her own voice.
The big-wheeler in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church lot in Vermillion was the center of attention Tuesday morning for about 15 students at the school across the street. They got to look at everything from the hoses to the tires. They even got to climb inside and check out the sleeping area. Trucker John Haley was an enthusiastic guest for all of Maria Therres' students. He described the truck and trailer's operations, his driving background and the places he has driven.