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Both the number of juvenile offenders and the number of felony-level juvenile offenders decreased in Dakota County in 2010 from the previous year. However, Hastings was the one of two cities that saw an increase in numbers, from 70 juveniles charged in 2009 to 83 in 2010. Three of the charges were filed against a Hastings Middle School student who brought a gun to school in April.
Innovative, creative and challenging. These are some of the words used to describe the work of the Hastings Public Schools Foundation, founded by the community to provide funds for new and unique learning opportunities not available through current public funding. It is operated independently of the school district.
Dan Scheuermann, a 22-year-employee with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, has been promoted to commander. His appointment became effective Monday, Feb. 14. Scheuermann's most recent position has been captain in the patrol division. During his career, he has held a variety of assignments, including jail administrator, patrol sergeant, and he spent seven years as detective with the Drug Task Force. Scheuermann, teamed with his canine partner, Rajah, was recognized as one of the top drug detection canine teams in the United States.
The number of mortgage foreclosures in the state increased by 11 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a report released this week.
In the book, "Flat Stanley," Stanley was flattened by a bulletin board and sent through the mail on a variety of adventures. Likewise, the "flat" versions of the 14 second-grade students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion have had their share of adventures through the area, the country, and beyond - one went to Germany. And all within a matter of weeks. The Flat Stanley books originated with author Jeff Brown. St. John's second-grade teacher Maria Therres was familiar with the books and when she started teaching at the school, she introduced the books to her students.
It was up close and personal Tuesday morning when children's author Lehman Riley met with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School students. From questions about being published to his personal tastes, the students were curious about Riley. They were also hungry. Selected students from the third to eighth grades had luncheon meetings with Riley in the library. Three sessions were held as the students ate their spaghetti dinners and asked questions. Media center specialist Christine Meshak arranged Riley's appearance at Seton School.
Its move is on schedule, and Hastings Family Service will open for regular business hours Tuesday, Feb. 15, at its new location, 301 E. Second St., in downtown Hastings. The agency continues to hold regular business hours at its current location, 121 E. Third St., this week and will only be closed two days - Saturday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb.
It was all good news last Thursday morning, Jan. 27, as member of the Hastings Public Schools Foundation fund-raising committee visited Independent School District classrooms. Three musicians, Jonathan Moes, Craig Nielson and Gretta Utecht, led the way as the committee members presented grants to the accepted recipients. Close to $60,000 in grant monies were presented. Since the first grants were presented in the fall of 2004, grants have been presented to 160 educators in the district. The recipients were: English 10 Literature Circles - Hastings High School.
Roman Tokarev, charged in a police chase through Hastings more than a year ago, appeared in Dakota County District Court Monday. Motions were filed and additional court dates scheduled. Tokarev's next court appearance is at 9 a.m. April 1, with a jury trial set for June 14. The judge ordered an evaluation of Tokarev before the next court date. Tokarev's attorney has filed a motion for a change of venue from Dakota County. Since the chase, Roman Tokarev has been incarcerated through the Minnesota Department of Corrections at Oak Parks Heights prison.
Boxing, jujitsu, and karate are what it is all about at Little Gloves MMA, a new business in the Hastings Business Park. It is located at 625 Commerce Dr. in the same building as Majeski Plumbing. The owners of Little Gloves are Gabe Greenberg, Doug Fredricksen, Mike Owen, Nick Owen and Kyle Hinsh. The trainers are Fernando Ortiz, a boxing coach; Nikki Ortiz, the women's boxing/cardio instructor; and Steve Peterson, the jujitsu instructor. The volunteer instructor is Fred Litschke.