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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.
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.