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By Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org For more than 30 years, the Squires have been playing their blend of classic rock, polkas and waltzes at weddings, outdoor events and festivals. They are now making a return appearance in Hastings at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the LeDuc Historic Estate. Their appearance is part of the summer concert series sponsored by the Hastings Concert Association. The band originally started out as a three- piece band in the 1970s. Bill Ash on guitar, Greg Caza on accordion and Tom Colosimo on drums were the original members.
By James Backstrom Dakota County attorney The Administration on Aging expects that by 2030, the U.S. population over age 65 will have doubled from 2000, with older adults representing 19 percent of the population. Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of Elders in Minnesota (or S.A.F.E.) is an initiative that began in 2012. A collaboration of agencies, including my Office, joined to address abuse and exploitation against adults in later life.
Molly Robinson and Kevin Fritz announce their engagement. Molly will graduate in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Rasmussen College in Mankato. She is employed at V-TEK, Inc., in Mankato. She is the daughter of Lisa and Earl Robinson of Hastings. Kevin is the owner of KBF Drywall in Mankato. He is the son of Stan and Rosie Fritz of Madison Lake. A wedding date is set for Sept. 27, 2014.
The Minnesota Farmers Union congratulated Greg and Sandi Fox of Dakota County for being honored by the University of Minnesota as the 2014 Farm Family of the Year from their county. The Fox farm is in Rosemount and has been in the family for three generations. Their farm began in 1949 when Greg’s parents Henry and Katie rented it from Henry’s uncle. Now Greg is managing the farm with the help of his son Kevin.
Thomas announces dean’s list Ian Johnson of Hastings has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at the University of St. Thomas. St. Cloud State University announces dean’s list Raven Aakre of Hastings has been named on the St. Cloud State University dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester. Aakre is majoring in early childhood education.
Wiley James Peterson was born on May 13, 2014, at Regina Medical Center to Zach and Nikki Peterson of Hastings. At birth Wiley weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dan and Julie Riveness of Hastings and Rich and Nancy Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas. Great-grandparents are James and Janet Holm of Hastings, Ed and Marilyn Riveness of Hastings, Carol Pifher of Bigfork and Margaret Flemming of Woodbury.
by Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer email@example.com Doug Little, a saxophonist, flautist and composer whose sound blends soulful American jazz and contemporary Cuban rhythms, brings his music to the Alexis Bailly Vineyard at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. His appearance is part of the Jazz in the Vineyard series. Little is recognized as an elite musician, an exceptional composer and a noted educator. He has released nine CDs and toured worldwide.
by Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org Ron Haugen plays guitar and a little bit of every kind of music. The community will get a sampling of his skills when he performs in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the LeDuc Historic Estate as part of the summer concert series. Haugen made his start as a country music performer and continues to bring his repertoire of classic country to venues throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has also presented a number of Christian concerts in the area.
Schumacher graduates from Carleton College Kailey Schumacher of Hastings received the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Magna Cum Laude, from Carleton College during its 140th commencement ceremony held on Saturday, June 14. Schumacher is the daughter of David Peifer and Brenda Carleton. St Thomas announces dean’s list Students from Hastings named to the University of St. Thomas 2014 spring semester dean’s list are: Emily F. Hughes; Ian J. Johnson; John R. Kummer; Rebecca L. Kummer; Naomi R. Latt; Paul T. Latt; Alexander J. Melecio; Damien A. Michlitsch; Hannah R.
Five area high school students, sponsored by Dakota Electric Association, recently returned from a Washington D.C. trip. Dakota Electric’s students joined more than 1,600 students from across the nation (38 total from Minnesota) for the 50th annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Rural Electric Youth Tour held June 13-19. Dakota Electric Association awarded the students the trip after they completed the application and interview process in March.