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A new Hastings Middle School concept is coming. It is focused on the students and will start this fall for the 2011-2012 school year. The Hastings Middle School transition from a three-grade (sixth- to eighth-grade) school to a four-grade (fifth- to eighth- grade) school began more than a year ago, well before the 2009 approved referendum, which set the funding for an addition, other district maintenance projects and some upgrades to the elementary buildings.
Christ's Family Church is holding an evening of praise and worship (through music) and it is inviting the community to join in the worship. "Stand Up and Lift Up your Hands Praise and Worship Night" will be celebrated from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the Hastings Middle School Auditorium, 1000 W. 11th St. "All the people present for Praise Night currently serve in Christ's Family Church music ministry, " said Rob Pasch, music ministry leader.
They ate well and raised more than $20,000 for Hastings Family Service at the annual Hastings Tastings March 1. The 16th annual event was the kick off to FoodShare Month, a month-long effort to restock the state's food shelves, including the one in Hastings. Minnesota FoodShare and the Alan Feinstein Foundation will proportionately match proceeds from Hastings Tastings. All money and food collected at Hastings family Service in March is eligible for a proportioned match from Minnesota FoodShare and the Feinstein Foundation's $1 Million Dollar Challenge to Fight Hunger.
The second-grade students of Ruth Riles at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School were laying flat their two pieces of fleece, then tying them together. Before their work began, each sat down and printed cards to their new their new friends at Regina Medical Center's Tabitha Memory Care Unit. The brightly colored two-sided blankets featured just about every pattern and color, from Minnesota Twins, plaids, monkeys, horses, peace symbols, and eagles.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton seventh-grade students recently helped pack meals at Feed My Starving Children. The trip is an outgrowth of the Catholic Social teachings class, which explores how to better live out the teachings of the church in the modern world. The seventh-grade students have been packing thousands of meals a year since 2006. This year, the students packed 29,000 meals, enough to feed 57 children for a whole year. The work was done in two hours. Feed My Starving Children is committed to feeding starving children hungry in body and spirit.
Township voters had their opportunity Tuesday, March 8, to cast their ballots for their officials. Most of the incumbents were returned to office in the annual township elections. The results are as follows: Douglas Township - For the three-year supervisor position, Jeffrey Reed beat Ted J. Peine 59 to 35.
It is food and fun for the entire community and it has become a tradition each year. The 225 French students of Brian and Sue Drummond at Hastings High School will hold their 20th annual Mardi Gras from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 7 in the high school commons area, 200 General Sieben Drive. Usually held on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the event this year is on Monday due to township elections. "Twenty years ago, a student in my French 3 class asked me if we could have a Mardi Gras party," said Brian Drummond.
According to Independent School District Tim Collins, it is a win, win situation for students, staff, the district ... and it can save some money. That is largely why Collins is recommending some major changes in how the district transports its students to and from school. These are recommendations currently - nothing has been finalized. If the School Board approves them, the changes would go into effect for the 2011-2012 school year. The biggest change?
As soon as Spiral Natural Foods announced its fund-raising goal of $14,000 two weeks ago, the response was immediate and positive. The goal has been reached. "Spiral Natural Foods is proud to announce we have reached our phase one goal of raising $14,000 by Feb. 15," said board Chair Noah Kurth. "This is great news. Now we can pay for the professional services needed to launch our next phase and start raising funds for the big move." Spiral Natural Foods must move - its building at 307 E. Second St. is in the process of being sold to Hastings Family Service.
Nathan Karstens is now the Modern Woodmen financial representative in Hastings. After more than 25 years as the Hastings-area representative, Mary Zak has semi-retired. The office remains in the same location - 1300 Vermillion St. in the Midtown area. Karstens took a bit of a different road to the office. Originally from South Dakota, he studied computer science, was in the restaurant business, and owned a bait shop before deciding to change his career. He participated in training, became licensed through some very intensive tests, and was assigned to the Hastings area.