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When the founders of the Black Dirt Theater group got together almost three years ago, founders envisioned bringing theater to the community in a variety of ways. They have brought it to the school children, to Hastings Community Television, to Rivertown Days, and this past winter to Minnesota Fringe in Minneapolis. Now, it's on to the next step of the journey, says co-founder Andy Langenfeld, as he talked about the upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma." "We are open to what the community wants," said Langenfeld.
The waiting is almost over. Spiral Natural Foods will announce its new store location Thursday, May 5. Board members will make the announcement at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Hastings Country Club, 2015 Westview Drive. "We will announce our new location and talk about member loans," said board chair Noah Kurth. All interested are invited to attend the announcement. There will also be a discussion regarding the vision for the new store. In February, Hastings Family Service relocated to the west side of the building that Spiral Natural Foods occupies on East Second Street.
The United Way of Hastings recently presented an allocation of $14,900 in support of programs associated with Hastings Independent School District (ISD) 200. Five programs benefit this year. Each spring, a group of individuals from the community join the United Way of Hastings Community Investment Committee and review applications for funding from several Hastings agencies. This process includes interviews with selected agencies.
Continue the legacy and raise funds to fight breast cancer. The Mickey's Hope Team, which consists of members of former Hastings resident Mickey O'Connor family and friends, is sponsoring a fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 30, at 2nd Street Depot, in downtown Hastings. The Mickey's Hope team will walk in the Twin Cities 3-Day Walk for the Cure Aug. 19-21. O'Connor, an enthusiastic Hastings volunteer for many years, was a breast cancer survivor for 13 years and her home was filled with signs, plaques, vases, and even rocks with the word "HOPE" written on them.
If you own a residential property in Dakota County, chances are the market value of that property decreased this year. The annual 2011 market value report released this week by Dakota County Assessing Services shows that market value changes varied across property types for the 2011 assessments for taxes payable next year. Most apartment values were unchanged. Residential properties decreased an average 2 to 4 percent. About half of the commercial properties were unchanged, and the other half were reduced 2 to 4 percent.
There is nothing definitive to report yet, but this is a busy time for Spiral Natural Foods as it continues to look for a new location, seek new members, prepare for fundraising, and consider a revitalized store for the future. In February, Hastings Family Service relocated to the west side of the building that Spiral Natural Foods occupies on East Second Street downtown.
March -- Minnesota Food Share Month -- was a record-setting month for Hastings Family Service. A total of $186,554 was raised and 19,994 pounds of food collected for the emergency food shelf. That is almost $50,000 more than last year. FoodShare Month is spearheaded by faith communities and joined by civic organizations, schools and businesses to re-stock food shelves across the state of Minnesota. This year's theme was "Mission Impossible? Not if you help." "We feel extremely blessed," said Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop.
A Bible story set to music takes center stage this Sunday, April 10, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 W. 15th St. The children's choirs of the church present their annual musical, "Malice in the Palace," at the 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. services. Music director Ellen Diischer has been directing the children's musicals for 16 years. Heidi Nelson assists her. "The kids love doing this," said Diischer, "And it is another ministry here at St. Philip's.
Celebrate the afternoon of Sunday, April 10, with music as the Courier Quartet and the duet of Hastings residents Bill Strom and Gordon Gathright present a "Songs 4 Mission" concert at 4 p.m. at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St.
When her daughter was in second grade at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Linda Kummer became involved in the Junior Achievement program. Kummer was, and is, employed by Wells Fargo Bank here in Hastings, and the bank is a strong supporter of the Junior Achievement Program. That was 13 years ago and Kummer still visits Seton School, and she is still part of the community outreach effort of Junior Achievement. It is part of who she is, she said. "I love working with the kids," she said last week, as she led a unit on "community" to Ruth Riles' second-grade classroom.