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A 36-year-old Hastings man faces two counts of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and one count of theft following an Aug. 30 incident in Hastings. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, a Hastings Police officer observed two males on foot at about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 30. The officer observed Joshua Paul Schaffer take a bicycle from a backyard and ride away on it.
A concert on a barge along the Mississippi riverfront would be one of the highlighted performances if the American Wind Symphony plays in Hastings this year. Other featured performances could include chamber performances and a special patrons' concert. An informational public meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the community room at Hastings City Hall to determine if there is public interest and support to host the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. Hastings resident Dennis Pellant is one of the organizers of the meeting and a supporter of the orchestra.
The day went well and Jami Losh Flannigan's family has been helped financially, at least for a while. Losh Flannigan died Dec. 18 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, from a rare disorder. She was 32 years old and has recently given birth to her fourth child. Friends and former co-workers from Edina Realty and The Harbor Church held a benefit last Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Hastings National Guard Armory. The benefit included a chili feed, silent and live auctions, a bake sale and Kids' Fun Area. One of the event organizers was Christy Lundby Hill. "The event went off very well," she said.
Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson has indicated his plans to retire at the end of February, rather than at the end of the year as previously announced. In a memo Wednesday to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, Gudmundson said "circumstances have changed," causing him to reconsider his decision. He would not elaborate. In the memo, Gudmundson also recommended Chief Deputy Dave Bellows be appointed as sheriff. After Gudmundson announced his retirement last fall, Bellows announced his plans to seek election as sheriff. Apple Valley Police Sgt.
Minnesota icon Garrison Keillor, the creator of Lake Wobegon and the voice of "A Prairie Home Companion," is scheduled to visit Hastings from 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. He will be speaking in the Hastings High School auditorium. In addition to reading from his book, "Leaving Home," Keillor will share his Minnesota wit with Hastings residents. Those attending can bring their books to have them autographed. Free tickets are available at the Pleasant Hill Library through Friday Feb. 12. After that, tickets will be available at Hastings High School.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has charged a 37-year-old Farmington man with one count of felony domestic assault by strangulation, one count of misdemeanor domestic assault, and one count of assault in the fifth degree following an incident Feb. 3 in Vermillion Township. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, deputies were dispatched to the residence on the report of a domestic assault. A woman said she had been abused by Mark Andrew Myskewitz. They had been talking and the argument started to get heated.
Hastings police have charged Nicholas Peter Karpen, 24, Hastings, with one count of possession of a short-barreled shotgun, one count of domestic assault, and one count of assault in the fifth degree. The charges were filed after police were called July 7 to a Hastings residence on the report of a possible domestic assault in progress. When police arrived at the scene, a woman told police she and Nicholas Peter Karpen were at the residence when Karpen asked for the keys to her truck. She refused and Karpen apparently hit her before he left the residence.
Two guest speakers will address the topics of advance directives and veterans' planning for senior citizens this month. "A Fond Farewell - Five Wishes and Veterans Planning" will be presented at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St. Kris Maser, the elder law department chair at Maser and Amundson; and Jeanne McGill, president and CEO of Midwest Funeral Preplanning Consultants will present the topic; both have offices in the Twin Cities. McGill is a certified senior advisor and preplanning consultant.
The votes were quite similar to statewide results when precinct caucus attendees in Hastings cast their straw ballot votes for governor Tuesday night. Speaker of the House of Representatives Margaret Anderson Kelliher "won" the DFL straw vote for governor with 16 votes among Hastings people. Statewide, she was a very close second to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Coming in second locally was "Uncommitted," with nine votes, followed by Rep. Steve Kelley with seven votes. The remainder of the votes were distributed among the other candidates - Rybak received three votes.
The grassroots effort of Minnesota politics is about to begin with the convening of the election-year caucuses. At the caucuses, interested people share their ideas, vote on resolutions, conduct straw ballots, and elect delegates to the county conventions. Minnesota will hold its precinct caucuses at 7 p.m. (Green party meets at 6:30 p.m.) Tuesday, Feb. 2; and the Independence Party will provide all interested Minnesotans the opportunity to participate in an online caucus at 9 p.m.