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News briefs: Regina Auxiliary to host Thrifty Treasures; Emily's Bakery competes for Sweetest Bakery in America

Regina Auxiliary to host Thrifty Treasures

The Regina Auxiliary will have the Spring Thrifty Treasures Sale and Bake Sale May 23. Residents and employees will be able to shop Tuesday, May 22 at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The public sale will be May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $3 bag sale will be held May 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Clean and good condition items donated for the sale may be brought to the chapel lobby May 21 and 22 until noon. No furniture, large appliances or electronics, infant equipment, fitness equipment, window blinds or rods, clothing or shoes will be accepted. Other items that will not be accepted include magazines, VHS video cassettes, music cassette tapes or books that are not in excellent condition.

The bake sale will be May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baked items may be brought to the chapel lobby by 9 a.m. May 23. Regina Auxiliary asks that baked goods be brought wrapped in small amounts and priced before bringing.

Miesville Lions accepting scholarship applications

The Miesville Lions Club is currently accepting applications for scholarship to be awarded to Hastings High School seniors graduating in the spring of 2018. Scholarships will be awarded to local students by May 22, 2018.

Applicants must have a 2.0 or better grade point average and they must use the scholarship to further their education. Scholarship applications are available at the Hastings High School Career Center. The deadline to submit an application is May 21, 2018.

Only applications submitted by mail will be accepted. Submit applications to Al Niebur at 20770 Putting Ave., Hastings, MN 55033.

Rivertown Days photo contest

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Rivertown Days, community members are asked to send in photos of a memorable Rivertown Days moment in the past.

The photos and memories will be shared on the Rivertown Days Facebook page leading up to the event. The top three photographs and a memories will be selected by the marketing committee. First prize will receive a $100 cash prize, five free buttons and the photo will be featured on the front of the Rivertown Days program. Second place will receive $75 and third will receive $50.

Send photos and a short description (two to three sentences) to or mail to the Chamber office at 314 Vermillion Street, Suite 100, Hastings, MN 55033 no later than Friday, June 1. Winning photographs will be announced Friday, June 15. Include a self-addressed and stamped envelope if you want your photo returned.

MPCA awards Hastings Water Treatment Plant

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently recognized the Hastings Water Treatment Plant as a 2017 Wastewater Award Recipient. HWTP was awarded for operational excellence.

MPCA recognized 295 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from October 2016 through September 2017. To be eligible, facilities were required to submit all reports to MPCA and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring, operations and maintenance and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.

Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition accepting candidates

The Miss Hastings Scholarship Program (MHSP) is accepting candidates for the 2018 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition. Young women who will be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED by June 2019 and no older than 25 at the end of 2019 are eligible to enter. Candidates must be a resident of Hastings School District 200, a student of one of its schools, or a full-time employee within it for at least six months, or a graduate of its high school before the local competition.

MHSP is an official preliminary to the Miss Minnesota and Miss America Competitions. Competition categories include a 90-second talent presentation, 10-minute press-style interview, on-stage question, lifestyle and fitness and evening wear.

MHSP is a non-profit service organization that empowers young women to realize their best potential, mentors them to earn scholarship and supports them to achieve their goals through education and serving others for the benefit of all.

Fundraising is currently underway with the intent of giving a $2,500 scholarship to Miss Hastings 2019 as well as awards for runners-up, preliminary winners, academic excellence and service achievement.

For more information or to become a contestant, visit or contact MHSP at 651-270-8984.

Emily's Bakery competes for Sweetest Bakery in America

Emily's Bakery and Deli is competing for the title of the Sweetest Bakery in America. The local bakery needs their customers to help them win. People can vote at the bakery or vote online at Votes may be cast once per day per device through July 31, 2018.

(lumin)theater lab to perform at Schaar's Bluff

(lumin)theater lab in partnership with Dakota County Parks will perform Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" throughout the month of May. The show will be performed promenade style, where audiences follow the performers for about 1.5 miles through the trails of Spring Lake Park Reserve, Schaar's Bluff Trailhead.

Shows will be performed May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. An accessible performance will be May 20 at the Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center at 1 p.m.

(lumin)theater lab uses a sliding scale for ticket prices. All tickets are general admission regardless of what you pay. Attendees may choose the price range they would like to pay from $11-$41. To purchase a ticket, visit

City seeks volunteers to shape future energy use and supply

The City of Hastings is looking for volunteers to be part of a Energy Action Team that will help identify community goals and create an energy action plan. Both residents and business owners are needed. The 10-to-15 individuals on the action team will be facilitated by Partners in Energy staff.

The city has been selected to participate in Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy program, a two-year program designed to help a community develop and implement a strategic energy action plan that will help shape future energy use and supply. The program will consist of a six-month planning period and an 18-month implementation period.

The planning stage is a six-month commitment that requires members of the team to attend a five facilitated workshops that last about two-and-a-half hours each. It is a 15-20 hour time commitment over a six-month period, beginning in late April.

Interested residents may apply online at