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Two weeks ago, a special referee recommended that Hastings attorney Rebekah Nett be suspended from the practice of law for six months. Last week, the head of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board said his board of directors believes that a six-month suspension is not severe enough punishment. Nett practices law out of the Westview Law Center in Hastings. In November, the Board had filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School celebrates Catholic Education Week next week with a number of activities for students, staff and parents. It will continue to draw attention to its foundation, its strengths and the culture of the school. Principal Dr. Jill Moes smiles when talking about the school. The Hastings native, who graduated from the school, knew it well then. She knows it better now after returning to it as principal a little more than two years ago. "We're strong and able," she said. "Our school culture is a beautiful balance of respect for each other and a respect for life.
Snow Week 2013 will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 28, to Friday, Feb. 1, at the Hastings High School. The yearly event is sponsored by the Student Council. The events kick off Jan. 28 with the annual variety show at 7 p.m.
When St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School teacher Darlene Thiele looked at new reading textbooks for the school, the first act of "The Phantom Tollbooth" was included. "I immediately loved the interesting characters and the clever play on words," she said. "This play was perfect for casting 29 students and also fit into our language arts curriculum of learning literary terms such as idioms and puns." Norton Jester's "The Phantom Tollbooth" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Seton School gymnasium.
Austin Wellman has always had the spirit of adventure. As a member of the University of Minnesota marching band, he traveled extensively around the country. He even spent a semester in Hawaii. He is now teaching second grade at the American International School in Kuwait. For the past two weeks, Wellman returned home to Vermillion and visited his former school -- St. John the Baptist. The second grade students of Maria Therres have become pen pals of his students in Kuwait. The visit provided an opportunity for the students to learn more about Kuwait. On this visit, St.
For seven class periods at the Hastings High School wrestling room on Friday, Jan. 4, trained volunteers taught freshmen the basics of CPR. The school was among the first in the state to train freshmen in hands-only CPR.
Leandra Larson said she was "surprised" when she won the Hastings Middle School Geography Bee last Thursday morning. "I thought Krista (Gomez) would win -- she came in second last year," said Larson. Gomez also finished as the runner-up this year. As the two finalists this year, Larson and Gomez each answered the same three written questions about countries, lakes, parks and trails. Larson had all three right; Gomez missed one. Larson's father Dirk helped her prepare for this year's Geography Bee, with the assistance of a road atlas. They usually worked together every other day.
St. John's School in Vermillion had an exciting morning on Monday. The school was evacuated just as the students were arriving for classes. The hallways were filling with smoke and a noxious smell. The Hastings Fire Department was called. The teachers and students stayed in the church basement (across the street)for about 90 minutes until the "all clear" was given to return to school. Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt told Principal Sister Tresa and staff that a roof furnace had burnt out and the fan was blowing smoke and the smell into the school.
The dogs will take center stage this year, including one from a Hastings apple orchard, when Hastings Reads 2013 is celebrated. The theme of the annual observance is "It's a Dog's Life," and the book selections for elementary age to older readers center on the dogs. Hastings Reads is planned and sponsored by the United Way of Hastings, Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library, Friends of the Library, AAUW, OASIS, Hastings public schools, the Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Gift Foundation, the Hastings Public Schools Foundation, and Hastings Community Television.
The freshly painted band stands in the senior high school's auto mechanic room looked brand new. More were in the process of being painted, and another 60 from the nearby band room were about to be rolled into the room last Thursday afternoon. Hastings Boy Scout Troop 503 member Matthew Moynihan was doing his share of painting too, but he was also in charge of the project. The painting of the 175 band stands from the high school and middle school was Moynihan's Eagle Scout badge project, scouting highest achievement. The project has been under way since October, said Moynihan.