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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.
Need help with your 2010 taxes? As it has for many years, ARRP is offering free assistance to senior citizens in Hastings. Appointments can be scheduled beginning next week. Trained volunteers provide the assistance. Appointments will be available on two days a week through April 13. Appointments can be made for Monday evenings at the Hastings Area Senior Center, 213 Ramsey St., and during the day on Tuesdays at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St.
View the Bible in a different, yet spiritual, manner. The Fine Arts Forum of Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St., will host the St. John's Bible from Sunday, Feb. 21 to Monday, March 1. "The mission of the Our Saviour's Church Fine Arts Forum is to celebrate God's gift of creativity, cultivate our understanding of God and explore questions of faith," said committee member Debbie Saunders. The St. John's Bible will help to accomplish that mission, she said. The St. John's Bible represents history's newest hand-written, illustrated Bible.
Monday, February 1 Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Christ's Family Church, 518 E. Second St. Jobs 4 Us, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St. Divorced, separated group, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St. Open basketball, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hastings Middle School, 1000 W. 11th St. Open skating, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., outdoor rinks Alcoholics Anonymous step meeting, 8 p.m., 205 E. Third St. Book group, 6:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road Tuesday, February 2 Precinct caucuses, 7 p.m.
Many of Jami Losh Flannigan's church and community friends have already "stepped up" to help the family following her death Dec. 18. They have donated cash and other items to help the family. Now, they are asking others in the community for their help at a Feb. 13 benefit at the Hastings National Guard Armory. Losh Flannigan died Dec. 18 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, from a rare disorder. She was 32 years old and had recently given birth to her fourth child. The Feb. 13 benefit will include a chili feed from noon to 3:30 p.m., silent and live auctions, and a kids' fun area.
A 39-year-old Hastings woman, Helen Esther Chavez, faces three charges of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and one charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after the Dakota County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Oct. 2 at a residence in Hastings. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, when agents entered the apartment, they smelled marijuana.
A 21-year-old Hastings man has been charged with one count of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, one count of shoplifting, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed after Andrew Bruce Fredline was arrested for shoplifting Oct. 31 at an Eagan store. A subsequent search of the vehicle he was in located a backpack. It contained what appeared to be a crack pipe. According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Fredline apparently had taken some shoes off a shelf and put them on.
Her love of the Hastings community and the support the community has given her family have been the major reasons Pam Andrews has been so involved in volunteerism for many years. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Andrews will be recognized at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. It is recognition she does not seek. "It is truly an honor," Andrews said. "But I just want to continue to do my work unnoticed. Hastings Family Service Executive Director Chris Koop says the recognition being given to Andrews is deserved.
After serving a year in Iraq, about 20 Hastings members of the Minnesota National Guard 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be coming home. The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee, led by Hastings resident/veteran Dean Markuson, will begin to make plans to welcome the members home. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Hastings Veterans of Foreign wars office, 275 W.
She came a little early and experienced a few difficulties during her birth. But Bella Marie Johnson, the first baby born in 2010 at Regina Medical Center, Hastings, is doing very well. She was born at 8:29 p.m. New Year's Day - Jan. 1 - to Ashley Trumble and Cameron Johnson of Hastings. At birth, Bella weighed 6 pounds, 10.5 ounces and was 20 inches long. "My doctor (Dr. Melody McKenzie) called her my miracle baby because she had a 42-week placenta which has calcified and the umbilical cord was on the side," Trumble said.