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HASTINGS -- Grab your favorite know-it-all friends and grab a table. Trivia Mafia has started hosting a weekly trivia night at Spiral Brewery. Trivia Mafia is a big provider of the beloved pastime, hosting over 140 trivia events across the state, and even to venues in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska. "Our team really likes trivia and thinks it's a lot of fun," Jen Fox, part owner of Spiral Brewery, said. "We have played Trivia Mafia in other places and think it is a great organization."
After seven years in business, the Carousel will be going out of business. The boutique shop will officially close on Monday, Dec. 31. "I am not thrilled about it, but it is time," owner Karen Jung said. "It's been an experience, but I am worn out. It's time to make a change." Jung has been a part of the Hastings community for over 30 years, and, along with husband Tom, has played a large part in the revitalization of the downtown area, having purchased some of the buildings and serving on redevelopment committees since the '90s.
The City of Burnsville has offered current Hastings City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee the position of city manager.
HEDRA practice amendments Hastings City Council voted to make amendments to the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority bylaws, as well as its administration and management practices. The approved changes to the bylaws include a change in the meeting time to 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.
A mere 130 votes separate two candidates for Hastings City Council — fewer than the 195 write-in votes cast. In unofficial results with all nine precincts reporting, Lori Braucks leads with 4,495 votes (33.65 percent) and unofficially has won re-election. Mark Vaughan is second with 4,407 votes (32.99 percent), and Tom Cherney is third with 4,263 votes (31.91 percent).
The River Valley Community Band is kicking off its concert season with a special Veterans Day concert. To make it a special treat for audience members, the band will be performing with the U.S. Army 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Concert Band. The concert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Hastings Middle School auditorium. Everyone is welcome and freewill donations will be accepted. The two bands are coming together to celebrate Veterans Day with a show of patriotism and American heritage according to Dan Retka, the community band treasurer.
Halloween is over and the temperatures are starting to go down. Before you know it, there will be a blanket of white covering the ground. Is your yard ready for the winter? If not, don't fret. The Hastings Star Gazette spoke with Joby Nolan with Precision Landscaping and Construction about how you can best prepare your yard for the cold months to come. Fall yard care:
The final numbers are in. The people of Hastings have chosen Mary Fasbender as their new mayor. In the race for mayor, Fasbender beat out opponent Danna Elling-Schultz with nearly 60 percent of the vote. The numbers reported from the precincts were steady for a majority of the night with Fasbender leading by roughly 20 percentage points.
With the first precincts reporting, mayoral candidate Mary Fasbender is in the lead with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Danna Elling-Schultz trails at 40 percent with over 1,700 votes.