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News Briefs: Join discussion about creating a welcome community; Meet a mystery author

Join discussion about creating a welcome community

The conversation on how Hastings can become a better place for everyone continues

City of Hastings along with Community Education, the YMCA and the Hastings Chamber are hosting "Community Conversation: Creating a Welcoming Community" on Monday, July 16.

This is the third event in a series that are a part of the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity initiative that has been in effect since April.

The evening will include lively discussion of how Hastings can become more inclusive and welcoming, as well as continuing conversation from the last Community Conversation event.

Everyone in the community is welcome to come. Community Conversation will be held at the Hastings High School on the lower level 6-7:30 p.m. Visit, for more information on the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity initiative.

Firefighters help with MD fundraising campaign

The Hastings Fire Department is joining the Muscular Dystrophy Association to give muscular dystrophy the boot.

Firefighters of the HFD will hit the streets around Hastings July 16 with boots as part of MDA's Fill the Boot campaign, asking for donations for MDA from passersby, whether in the car or on foot. Firefighters will continue fundraising and spreading awareness at the intersection of Vermillion and 15th Street July 17 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

For over 60 years, the firefighters of Hastings have supported MDA's Fill the Boot fundraising campaign and have also been involved with MDA's Summer Camp that helps care for kids and adults of Hastings.

Funds raised through Fill the Boot help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy and other related muscle-debilitating diseases get the care they need to live longer and stronger and help fund research and life-enhancing programs.

Meet a mystery author

One half of the novel-writing pair that takes readers on mysterious adventures through South Africa visits Hastings this month.

On July 19, local restaurant and bar Bierstube will be hosting Stan Trollip for a free meet-and-greet. Trollip pens under the name Michael Stanley, along with co-author Michael Sears.

Both Trollip and Sears were born in South Africa and Trollip has homes in Minneapolis and Cape Town.

According to their Facebook page, the twohave been on numerous flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe and use their South African adventures as inspiration for their mystery novels.

These books tell of the adventures of Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department.

"Stanley's" work has won several awards and the detective-drafting duo are anticipating the release of their sixth and seventh novels in the next year.

Trollip's appearance at Bierstube will consist of a 5:30 pm dinner followed by a 6:30 pm presentation on his work.

Anyone in the community or surrounding area interested in hearing about what it is like to write stories of mystery and adventure is invited to attend the event.

Met Council awards Hastings a Livable Communities grant

Hastings is among the communities being award funds through by Metropolitan Council, which on June 27 said it will give near $3.3 million in brownfield investigation and cleanup grants that promote redevelopment and economic opportunity. The grants are part of the Council's Livable Communities program, which is a voluntary, incentive-based approach to helping communities achieve their regional and local goals.

In this round, the Council awarded three types of grants, related to investigating and cleaning up contaminated sites, and improving redevelopment opportunities in an existing or former area of concentrated poverty.

Burnsville, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, and St. Paul also will receive funds.