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It's new and combines boating and fishing on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, and all area seniors and kids are invited to participate. Plus, the Hastings Area Rotary Club has bought a pontoon boat for use in the new venture. A Hastings Let's Go Fishing! chapter is about to be organized, with the Rotary Club involved in getting it started. An informational meeting for all interested will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the second floor event room at Premier Bank, 909 Vermillion St. Lunch will be catered by the Green Mill Restaurant. Price is $3 if reserved by April 1.
The Sts. Barbara /John Catholic Aid Society, with the support of the tri-parishes of St. John the Baptist Catholic, Vermillion; St. Mathias Catholic, Hampton; and St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Trier; are sponsoring a special presentation of a play, with the proceeds benefiting their Catholic education and Little League baseball. The comedy production, "Til Death Do Us Part - Late Night Catechism 3," will be presented by Entertainment Events Inc. at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Hastings Middle School.
She was a victim of human trafficking when she was tricked into coming to the United States from Nigeria and then forced into slavery in Minnesota. Bukola Oriola, now an award-winning journalist, will talk about her experiences when the United Methodist Church women's group, Mugs and Muffins, hosts her talk at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the church, 615 W. 15th St. Bukola has been an award-winning journalist for 10 years. She covered the education beat for six years in Nigeria before coming to the United States.
Bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the community, and share in the growing of the kingdom with more people in Hastings. That is the mission of Community of Hope in Hastings as it holds a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive. (Enter from the student parking lot.) Ryan Kowlessar is the outreach coordinator. Community of Hope in Rosemount has been preaching God's word and has been an evangelical presence for eight years.
Proceeding on schedule. That's the word about the planning and the work being done in anticipation of the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings. Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager Steve Kordosky said the scoping, environmental impact documents, and right-of-way work has been completed, and the request for proposal for the best-value bids are in the hands of the three contractors eligible to submit bids for the project.
This year's Hastings Tastings was the most successful in the 15-year history of the event. A total of 20 restaurants participated, 424 guests (up from 275 in 2009) enjoyed the food, and the event raised $18,766 (up from $11,509 last year).
The 8.5-mile Highway 61 concrete overlay (resurfacing/rehabilitation) project in Denmark Township (north of Hastings to 70th Summit Street in St. Paul Park) will be the topic of an open house from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The new sheriff will soon have a top deputy. On Monday, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows announced he has appointed Tim Leslie as the new chief deputy sheriff in the Dakota County Sheriff's office. Under state law, the sheriff can appoint a new top deputy (when the position is vacant) and it does not have to be someone from within the department. The same process was followed 10 years ago when former Sheriff Don Gudmundson selected a top deputy after the retirement of Rich Thul.
Roman Urevich Tokarev, 27, the man involved in a police chase Dec. 2 in Hastings, has now been charged. In charges filed Wednesday morning by the Dakota County Attorney, Tokarev has been charged with four felonies - two counts of assault in the second degree by means of a motor vehicle, one count of fleeing a peace officer by means of a motor vehicle, and one count of theft of a motor vehicle (temporary control).
The incumbent office holders were returned to office in Tuesday's annual township elections. Of the reporting townships - Douglas Township had not reported its vote totals to Dakota County as of Wednesday morning - the results are as follows: Hampton Township: Incumbent supervisor Donna Otto was re-elected with 44 votes. A total of 45 votes were cast in the election. Marshan Township: Incumbent supervisor Jerry Bauer received 41 votes, and clerk Marge Snyder received 38 votes.