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Hastings State Hospital cemetery will be rededicated Remembering with Dignity, a coalition of disability rights organizations and working to honor people who lived and died in Minnesota’s state institutions, will hold a ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the former Hastings State Hospital cemetery. It will commemorate the dedication of the more than 900 grave stones three years ago. The ceremony is open to the public. “This cemetery is completed,” said community organizer Halle O’Falvey.
Editor’s note: Information for this story is from church records and from Edward Neill’s book “History of Dakota County” and is part of an occasional series on the history of churches in the area. Begun in a family’s home, then holding Mass in a small log building, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Trier has reached out to Catholics for more than 150 years.
Did you know that one in three older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65-plus. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.
by Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org Rosemary Ahern celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 21. It has been a full life for Ahern. She was a nurse in the military and has since been an active volunteer in the community. She’s enjoyed playing cards, gardening and golf. For many years Rosemary has lived at the Regina Residence, surrounded by many of her familiar things and with family and friends nearby. Born in Nininger Township, Rosemary was the third of Edward and Johanna Ahern’s children.
Mandy Chandler and Jeffrey Mason exchanged their wedding vows in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 21, 2013. Chandler graduated from Hastings High school in 2003. Mason graduated from Woodinville High School in Washington in 1999. Chandler is the daughter of Monica Oaks of Portland and Steve (Laurie) Chandler of Hastings. Mason is the son of Roger and Jill Mason of Seattle, Wash. The couple will reside in Vancouver, Wash.
Elizabeth Neitzke, daughter of Jeff and Lori Neitzke of Hastings, has been named a Medtronic Scholar and will receive a $2,400 scholarship for the 2013-14 school year at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph. Neitzke, a senior nursing major, is one of three CSB students to receive Medtronic Scholarships for 2013-14. This is her second year receiving the Medtronic Scholarship. The Medtronic Foundation Endowed Scholarship may be awarded to CSB students majoring in science or nursing.
Louis Wright was a 14-year member of Klover Klub. He is currently working on a ranch in Montana. At his last club meeting in June, Louis spoke to his fellow club members. Some of his words of wisdom were “when you are attending a meeting or an event, engage yourself. You’ll get a lot more out of it and you’ll find it is much more fun if you actively participate.”
Angel Gelhar was recently crowned the Minnesota State University-Mankato homecoming queen. She graduated from Hastings High School in 2010 and is now a senior at Mankato. Angel is studying psychology with a minor in sociology. She will graduate in May of 2014 and plans on attending graduate school for counseling and student personnel with an emphasis in student affairs. Angel went through an interview process and was selected to be on MSU’s homecoming court. On Sept. 26, coronation was held and Angel was crowned as homecoming queen.
Thomas John Driscoll was born on July 24, 2013, to Kristin and Michael Driscoll of Champlin. At birth Thomas weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Thomas has two siblings, 4-year-old Olivia and 2-year-old Evelyn. Grandparents are Ron and Jane Driscoll of Hastings and Dennis and Audrey Nervig of Rochester. Great-grandparent is Monica Driscoll of Hastings.
Cole George Hafey was born on Aug. 20, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital to Debra and Ryan Hafey of Selby, S.D. At birth Cole weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Candy and Jim Weller of Hastings and Deb Hafey of Mobridge, and Keith Hafey of Bismarck, N.D. His great-grandmother is Helen Hansen of Hastings.