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America' got talent. But so has Hastings. The Rivertown Days Committee is seeking Hastings individuals and anyone else with a flair for singing for its first Hastings Sings 2010 contest. The contest is an official Rivertown Days event. There are two divisions - 13 to 19, and adult, 20 and older. All participants must complete an official entry form. Each contestant must provide his or her own CD backing track. The song cannot exceed five minutes in length and cannot contain any profanity. Contestants must perform their songs at The Point, Highways 61 and 10 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Everyone loves a parade, and in particular, the Rivertown Days parade. This year's grande parade begins at noon Sunday, July 18. The parade route is about 1 and one-half mile long and is from 10th and Tyler streets to Second Street, and then west to Eddy Street. The units will disband at Wilson Park. The deadline for units is Friday, June 25. Only 100 entries will be accepted, with preference given to floats. Vehicles not pulling floats must be decorated. Confirmation letters will be sent June 30. For the business/commercial/political entries, the fee is $150 per unit for vehicles.
It was hot, humid and windy, but for 10 residents of Norris Square Presbyterian Homes in Cottage Grove and three Hastings Rotary Club members, it was a great way to kick off the Let's Go Fishing program on the St. Croix River last week. The Hastings Rotary Club and the Hastings Area Senior Center are partnering in this venture. The captain was Chuck Edberg.
This year's annual Fourth of July celebration at Lake Isabel Park - it begins at 9 a.m. and continues through the day with music, food, games will support an asset, not only to the east side, but to the whole community. For 30 years, the group of people on the east side of the Hastings community has been dedicated, diligent and patient in pushing the restoration of the lady - Lake Isabel. It is a treasure in their back yard, but one they are willing to share with the rest of the community. "It is a treasure," acknowledged original, and continuing member Joan Warner.
When the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced June 4 that the team of Lunda/Ames would be the apparent contractor for the new Highway 61 bridge, Mn/Dot officials were somewhat surprised by the low bid. So were many others. Still the cost savings are in line with what Man/DOT is seeing for other projects this year. "From what I've been told, the cost savings we're seeing on the Hastings bridge project are pretty much in line with what we are seeing on other large projects," said Mn/DOT public affairs coordinators J.P. Gillach.
After almost a year of attorneys' arguments and motions regarding a confession he made, Tyler James Hokanson, 23, will finally have his day in court. He is charged with murder in the second degree (unintentional) in connection with the June 19, 2009 death of his stepson, Nicholas Arthur Miller. A jury trial for Hokanson, who has been lodged in the Dakota County Jail since his arrested last year, has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov.
Longtime Hastings friends Trish Davison and Sheri Griffith love clothes. Come into their new consignment shop at 110 E. Second St., and they enthusiastically describe many of the women's and girls' clothing, accessories, candles and other items already on display. More new items, such as sandals and purses, are coming within the next weeks. Davison and Griffith owned and managed a Sister Friends in Red Wing for two years before deciding this spring to move it to Hastings where both have lived for years. "We love it here," Griffith said. She is originally from St.
Dan Hansen has been working on cars and trucks ever since he graduated from high school in 1985. For 12 years, he owned and managed Hansen's Auto Care in Cottage Grove. Now, he is in Hastings, in the Hastings Business Park - 671 E. 31st St., ready to provide all necessary services for his customers. Take Highway 61 (Vermillion Street) south to Highway 316, turn left. Turn left again on East 31st Street. Continue for about three blocks. "I've always enjoyed the diagnostic end of the business," he said.
It's official -- Paul Schnell becomes Hastings police chief as of Monday, June 28. On a unanimous vote Monday night, the Hastings City Council approved the recommendation of the Police Civil Service Commission and the Council's Public Safety Committee. Schnell, currently the public information officer for the St. Paul Police Department, will be paid about $89,200 a year.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) announced Friday afternoon that the team of Lunda/Ames is the apparent contractor for the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings. Its bid of about $120 million is about $100 million less than expected for the project, scheduled to begin later this year. A final contract for the project is expected to be finalized in three to five weeks, or right after July 4, according to project manager Steve Kordosky.