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Monday's fatal crash just north of the Highway 61 bridge raised ongoing questions about the speed and length of the J-type concrete median along that portion of the highway. The crash occurred in the area where there is no concrete median and the speed limit is 40 miles per hour. At the top of the hill, the speed limit is 60 miles per hour.
There's your spelling and geography bees to test students' knowledge and skills. The new kid on the block - the Sixth and Tyler block - is the Religion Bee at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. The creation of Seton Middle School religion teacher Kathy Gleich has been part of the school's program for five years. This year's competition was held last Friday. The winner was eighth- grade student Thomas Everson. The other finalist was sixth-grade student Jordan Grovun. Thomas said he used notecards and flash cards he obtained from Gleich to help prepare for the competition.
The Minnesota Transportation Department and the City of Hastings Public Works Department have construction projects set to go in and around the city. The Dakota County Transportation Department also has set road, bridge and trail projects for this summer. A portion of Dakota County Road 46 (160th Street) will be resurfaced from the Vermillion River bridge (Pleasant Drive ) east to Highway 61 (Vermillion Street). As part of this work, the city will do some repairs to the drainage structures, manholes, and gate valves. The work is estimated to cost about $7,000.
The three victims of the two-vehicle crash in Vermillion Township have been identified -- Lucila Gutierrez Rojas, 42, Hastings; and Norma Sanchez-Navarette, 24, and Eduardo Bautista-Navarrete, 27, both of St. Paul. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was Trevor Hubbard, 30, of Northfield. According to the Sheriff's office, the Rojas vehicle was traveling southwesterly on County 47. The trailer was following it. As Rojas approached Goodwin Avenue, she apparently slowed her vehicle and made a wide turn. The Rojas vehicle was then struck broadside by the trailer.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office is investigating a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Vermillion Township. Three people were killed. The crash occurred at about 12:20 p.m. when an SUV with three occupants was traveling southwest on County Road 47 approaching Goodwin Avenue. It was followed by a semi-tractor trailer. According to a witness, the SUV appeared to slow down and make a wide turn, when it was struck broadside by the trailer. The SUV rolled off the roadway and into the ditch. One occupant was ejected from the vehicle.
The planning is under way for the 16th annual Hastings Bridge to a Cure, and interested people can form their teams now. The annual walk to fight cancer and provide advocacy, education and services for cancer victims and their families will be held Friday, Aug. 6, at Hastings High School. Last year, more than 41 teams raised $88,000 - $1 million has been raised in the 15 years of the event. Team registration for this year's event, "A World with Less Cancer is a World with More Birthdays," will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at the Green Mill Restaurant.
Don't use your garage. Use the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church parking lot to hold a sale. The Faith Formation program of the church is sponsoring a tailgate sale from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in the church parking lot, 2035 W. 15th St. Interested people can rent two parking spaces for $15 and sell their items (just about anything but food and beverages), either from their vehicle, tables, or a tent. Participants keep the proceeds from their sales.
These cakes are so beautiful and appealing, it's hard to think of eating them too. But you can do that if you are one of the successful bidders at the third annual Hastings YoungLife Cake Auction Friday, April 23, at the Hastings Ford Dealership, 3625 Vermillion St. The silent auction runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the live auction at 6:30 p.m. A professional auctioneer will help with this year's auction. As part of the day's activities, another $20 can be earned for YoungLife with a test drive of a new Ford (one per household).
She has always met life's challenges and continued onward. Her first husband had a devastating stroke, her second had Alzheimer's, and for years, she worked seven days a week. As life happened, the family changed their plans and continued to live full lives. Today, after 100 years, Frances O'Connor Kranz McAlpin continues to look forward. Fran's 100th birthday was actually March 31 - but the party for all her Hastings friends is later this month. She was born in Red Wing, the first-born daughter of William and Mary (Schickling) O'Connor.
Two highway projects, one within the city of Hastings, the second just north of the city, are ready to be bid, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation 2010 construction plan released last week. A new surface will be placed on two miles of Highway 61 (Vermillion Street) within the Hastings city limits, from Fifth Street to Cannon Street. The estimated cost of this project, according to MnDOT figures, is about $782,000. The MnDOT project includes milling (the bad portions of the surfacing are ground off) and a new two-inch bituminous overlay of the road.