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The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for a Hastings man, Dennis Michael Dick, 45, who did not appear for a mandated court appearance earlier this month. He was scheduled to appear in Dakota County District Court after he allegedly fired shots near the Rivertown Church last summer. The incident was reported June 21, 2010, and this past May, Dick was charged with one felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality.
Phillip James Kirk, 24, Hastings, told authorities he was considering manufacturing methamphetamine in a Farmington hotel, but it never happened. When the hotel room was cleaned out in May, Farmington Police officers found a number of items they believed were connected to the manufacture of drugs. Last week, Kirk, who is currently in the Renville County Jail on another charge, was charged with one count of controlled substance crime in the first degree for attempted methamphetamine manufacturing.
Changes have been made to the annual meeting of the Hastings High School Alumni Association that will, hopefully, increase attendance. For the first time in years, possibly since the organization began, the alumni association has changed its annual meeting date and place. The 128th annual meeting and banquet will be held Saturday, Oct.
The first Regina Alzheimer's Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the west end of the Regina Medical Center Nininger Clinic parking lot. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. "This is a great way to stay in shape and work toward finding a cure for Alzheimer's," said Gwen Pangerl of Regina's Adult Day Care program. "The goal of the Regina Alzheimer's Walk is to raise community awareness of Alzheimer's disease." Participants can choose to walk, jog or run the one-mile Regina campus route or the 8K river route. Each participant is asked to raise $100.
Sharon Hoffman Avent, president and CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Hastings, will receive the 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award from the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) at the organization's 25th anniversary conference Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Chicago. Avent joined the family-owned firm - a privately held, award-winning leader in office filing products and records management solutions - in 1965 and held a wide variety of roles throughout the years.
Innovative, creative and challenging. These are some of the words 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. Application for the next round of "What If" grants will begin later this month and will continue through November.
Students here will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of Minnesota-grown produce during the month of September as part of the expanding effort to connect kindergarten to grade 12 students with fresh, locally grown foods and the farmers who grow them.
The work is completed and the shelves are stocked. Spiral Natural Foods opens for business at new location, 1250 South Frontage Road, at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Spiral Natural Foods, which has been part of the Hastings business scene for 30 years, moved from East Second Street this week. The portion of the building it has leased at307 E Second St., will become part of Hastings Family Service, which has purchased the building. Members' loans helped in the move to the new location. More than $200,000 was secured.
Ben Utecht and his pal Goldy Gopher will visit Hastings next week. Utecht, the former Hastings Raider, University of Minnesota Gopher, and professional football player will help kick off the United Way of Hastings' annual campaign at the Hastings Raiders' home football game Friday, Sept. 2, at Todd Field.
Keep the existing programs and staff levels. Or face reductions in both. That's the question Hastings School District 200 voters will have to face at a special election Tuesday, Nov. 8. The existing revenue levy of $690 per pupil is scheduled to expire this year, after eight years. The Hastings School Board has proposed to renew the school district's referendum revenue authorization of $690 per pupil for eight years.