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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.
Learn more about what women are doing and the ministries they are involved in when the United Methodist Women's Mugs and Muffins present a "Women in Business" expo from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12, at the United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St. The women of the church will provide information about the businesses and ministries they are involved in. Guests will find out what the women do, what is close to their hearts, and perhaps find a new opportunity for them.
He spent years as a pilot, then found a new career working with young people and spreading the word of God. Catholic speaker David Rinaldi will make two presentations at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., in the next month. Both will follow the 6 p.m. Mass at the church. The first will be "When God Says No," presented Sunday, March 6.
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.