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In what is now seen as an iconic image from a terrible American tragedy, he is seen carrying a critically-injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords from the scene of the Tucson shooting Jan. 8. Not much of Tom Schwartz's face is visible, but there he is, doing his job. The photograph appeared on the front page of the New York Times. It dramatically captured the scene that Saturday morning at the Safeway store. For former Hastings resident Schwartz, it placed him at the tragedy, doing what he has done for a living for 13 years.
A Hastings man, Carl Edward Moeller, 47, has been charged with one count of harassing conduct (a felony) and one count of assault in the fourth degree against a peace officer following an incident last spring at a Hastings business. The charges were filed in the fall, and the court proceedings continue in Dakota County District Court. According to the criminal compliant filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, a Hastings police officer was on duty April 30 when he went into Walgreens. He was looking for an individual wanted in connection with an order for protection violation.
Hastings High School junior Esther Susag has been elected lieutenant governor and is looking forward to helping the governor next year. Seriously, she is. Among more than 1,300 Minnesota high school students who were participants at the recent Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government program, Susag is second in leadership. Alex Streff of Red Wing, Susag's friend, is governor. More than 70 Hastings students participated in weekend events held Jan. 6 to Jan. 9 at the state capitol in St. Paul and Hilton hotel in Minneapolis.
Mark Zuzek wants it known. It is humbling to accept the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year award. He couldn't do what he does without the help and support of so many people, including his family, staff, community people he said. Zuzek is the Hastings Middle School principal, a position he has held since 1999. He loves what he does. "I am the luckiest man in the world," he said. "I can't think of working in a better community; I know I'm working in an awesome school with colleagues I love, and with kids who are terrific." Zuzek used to be one of the kids.
It has been almost two years since the federal government passed the federal stimulus package, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which provided more than $778 billion for infrastructure projects, health care, education, housing, energy efficiency programs, state and local fiscal relief, and personal and tax credits. Dakota County has applied for and received some of the funds in the past two years.
Enjoy an early Valentine's Day event with a good meal, music, and help Mission Mexico raise some funds for this year's trip in June. The first Mission Mexico Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St. Doors opens at 6 p.m., with dinner (catered by the Point) at 6:30 p.m. Young people who have participated in previous Mission Mexico trips will present a slide show and offer testimonials at 7:30 p.m. The live auction follows. Walden Pond Revisited will provide music from 5:30 p.m.
by Jane Lightbourn Staff writer For more than 90 years, St. Mathias School in Hampton has held true to its mission of offering a Christian, Catholic education for its students. At the end of this 20101-2011 school, St. Mathias School, located next to the namesake church in Hampton, will close. There are 22 students at the school. On Friday, Jan. 14, the Rev. John Nienstedt, archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, made the announcement that St. Mathias, St. Joseph's School in Red Wing and San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis would close.
Spencer Jorgensen prepared by studying the atlas. It worked. He won the annual Hastings Middle School Geography Bee held Jan. 5 in the school auditorium. The eighth-grade student now will complete a written exam for possible advancement in the state competition later his spring. Jorgenson was one of 10 Hastings Middle School students who competed in the final Geography Bee event Jan. 5. Other semi-finalists were Krista Gomez, Alana Ritt, Noah Sunderland, Katie Roach, Forest Close, Tommy Knutson, Jake Meier, Skyler Rawling and Leighton Sundberg.
A car accident changed the career plans for Dr. Lorraine Hurst. The crash led her to become a chiropractor. She joined Power Within Chiropractic last week. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Hurst was attending college in Saskatchewan and was pursuing a business degree. "I was in a car accident and had severe headaches," said Hurst. "I went to a (chiropractic) doctor in Saskatchewan and I was better in three weeks. She inspired me." Hurst did complete her business degree and actually worked in business for several years, but then she made the decision to come to St.
The United Way of Hastings will honor its donors and volunteers and announce who is its favorite 2011 "Calendar Hero" during an evening of recognition from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Jan. 28, at the Hastings Country Club, 2015 Westview Drive. Social hour is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with donor, volunteer and 2011 Hastings Heroes recognition from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The annual business meeting will also be held. Live music, presented by local entertainers, will be provided from 7:30 p.m.