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Dakota County District Judge Joseph Carter sentenced Michael Frederick Schmidt, 41, Hastings, to a sentence of 27 years, 18 of which must be served in prison.
Another holiday tradition will return to Hastings at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, when the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops at the depot on East Second Street. As in previous years, the stop offers entertainment and an opportunity to raise food and funds for the food shelf at Hastings Family Service. Before the brightly-decorated train arrives, there will be some other activities at the depot. All are invited. A sing-along with Kelly Casey-Spavin from Entertainment Shows starts at 3:30 p.m.
After two and one-half days of deliberations a Dakota County jury on Thanksgiving morning convicted Tylar James Hokanson, 24, formerly of Northfield, of two counts of murder in the first degree and two counts of murder in the second degree in the death of his stepson, Nicholas Arthur Miller, 17 months old. Nicholas died June 23, 2009, in Wisconsin. The trial began Nov.
Spiral Foods Co-op, 307 E. Second St., downtown Hastings, has announced the selection of Baard Webster as its new general manager. He brings a wealth of experiences sin management and small business operation, including more than 30 years of retail experience. In 1995, he and his wife, Diane, started Funkie Gardens a very successful specialty nursery in Prescott, Wis.
After two and one-days of deliberations a Dakota County jury on Thanksgiving morning convicted Tylar James Hokanson, 24, formerly of Northfield, of two counts of murder in the first degree and two counts of murder in the second degree in the death of his stepson Nicholas Arthur Miller, 17 months old. Nicholas died June 23, 2009, in Wisconsin. The trial began Nov. 1. Following the reading of the verdict, Judge Robert King sentenced Hokanson to life in prison. "Nicholas Miller suffered horrific injuries through the actions of his stepfather," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.
Hastings High School senior Katarina Gapp, Hastings Middle school student Nick McGrath and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School student Mike Tappella are the winners in the annual Hastings Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1210 essay contests. Gapp won the Voice of Democracy contest and McGrath and Tappella won the Patriot's Pen competitions at the other two schools. They will read their essay as next year's Memorial Day observance.
When approximately 350 seventh-grade students heard the theme, "Vision of Peace," they took their image of it and created artwork. Last week, the winners were announced in the annual Rivertown Lions Club Peace Poster contest. The top winners are Ciara Christensen and Dharma LeMoine-Tennant. Second place winners are Erin Smothers and Kalyne Henrichsen. Third place winners are Kaylee Morris and Kallyn Lutz. Helping to judge the contest was Jeanne Mamer, retired Hastings Middle School art teacher. The contest is open to seventh-grade social studies students each year.
Dani Truax, Peter Schultz and Cody Wagner are active Hastings High School students. But they share a bond with about 20 to 30 other students in that members of their families are currently serving in the military. Several have been, or are already, deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Through the Hastings High School Military Support Group, the students find support, friendship and ways to help members and their families. They are currently in the midst of one such project now at the high school - a sock drive which leads to a sock toss next week.
She graduated from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and Hastings High School, and was previously employed by Hastings School District 200 as psychologist. Then she went into the school administration field. This week, Jill Moes, Ph.D, returned to Hastings, and her education and spiritual roots. On Monday, Nov. 15, she began her new position as principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. She succeeds Rita Humbert as principal of the Catholic School here in Hastings.
The Christmas spirit arrived early for Karissa Rother, 12, and her neighbors and friends Halie and Mikaela Harder, 10 and 12 respectively. Through hard work, time and a desire to help others, the three friends, who live next door to each other on Owen Avenue just south of Hastings, will reach out to children thousands of miles away this holiday season. Their project was to fill as many shoeboxes as possible through the international organization, Operation Christmas Child.