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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.
The first baby born at Regina Medical Center in 2011 has arrived. Ethan Nicholas Freiermuth was born at 5:12 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, to Jamaica Lynch and Nicholas Freiermuth of Hastings. At birth, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. He has one sister, Alayna, who turned 1 on Wednesday (Jan. 5) of this week. Lynch said that Ethan was actually due Jan. 4, so he was just a little early. When Lynch's doctor, Dr.
Tania Fay Pryor, 37, a former owner of Hastings-area H$R Block tax preparation franchises, will begin serving a 180-day jail sentence in the Dakota County Jail on Feb. 21 for tax evasion. Pryor owned five H&R franchises and a daycare center in Hastings from 2004 to 2007. Originally charged in 2009 with 18 felony counts for failure to file income tax, failure to pay income tax, and failure to file Minnesota withholding tax, Pryor pleaded guilty to 11 counts of failure to pay or collect taxes. As part of a plea agreement, the other counts were dismissed.
For Madison Caroon, a fourth-grade student at McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings, it was Christmas and New Year's all wrapped into one special day. After an eight-month deployment, her mother, Holly Caroon, who serves in the United States Air Force, returned to Hastings. Madison's father, Jeff, also Air Force, picked Holly up at the airport, then drove her to Hastings, where they surprised Madison at school.
The book selections have been announced and many of the programs are scheduled for the 2011 version of Hastings Reads. This year the theme is "Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience." Hastings Reads is a community-wide reading program which seeks to encourage reading and the discussion of books and the ways in which they can help people understand the lives and experiences of themselves and others.
When Darlene Thiele was selecting a play for this year's St. Elizabeth Ann Seton eighth-grade production, she was facing a real challenge. Former Seton School principal Rita Humbert suggested she select one with a Catholic theme, but there simply are not that many plays with a Catholic theme. Thiele's husband suggested she consider the classics for a possible play. This fall, Thiele made her choice: "The Sound of Music." It was a perfect fit for Thiele and the students.
They earned more than $1,100, then bought and wrapped Christmas gifts for two families of nine people. The fourth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings learned a little bit more about community service and the holiday spirit this year through an annual project initiated about five years ago. "About five, six years ago, the fourth-grade teachers discussed a community service project, one that would impact the community and the kids could have a hands-on experience," said teacher Carol Howd.
Eat healthier, stay healthier. It is a simple message, but one in which Hastings Independent School District 200 has placed a heavy emphasis on this year. Through a variety of steps, programs and activities, the School District is making "Smart Choices" to improve student nutrition. More than a year ago, Dakota County schools began a "Smart Choices" initiative designed to support the health of students and staff by creating an environment that encourages healthy food choices.