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Courage. Confidence. Character. These are the attributes that make ski jumping athletes stand out to coach and three-time Olympic competitor Alan Alborn. He was among the coaches, athletes and contributors in attendance at the 2018 American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4 at the St. James Hotel. The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum was started by the late Jerry Borgen in 2007 and is located on the hotel mezzanine. This year, nine members were inducted, four of whom competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Little Log House Pioneer Village, near Hastings, brings antiquity to life. The village is owned and operated by the Bauer family; Steve, Sylvia and their three daughters, Jessie Tuin, Tiffany Lindbeck and Angie Jordaan. According to their website, the village started with a single structure, the Little Log House, made with wood from the 1850s.
Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant will test the capabilities of federal, state and local agencies in the event of an emergency incident at the plant, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Residents in surrounding areas should not be alarmed by a variety of field activities that will take place near the plant.
Old meets new on a country road running from Miesville to Hastings where, thanks to the dedication of a family, a piece of preserved history stands. The Little Log House Pioneer Village is a restored pioneer town started by Steve and Sylvia Bauer that today contains more than 45 old and restored buildings. While the main event of this "village" is the three-day Little Log House Antique Power Show hosted at the end of July, it is also a favorite venue for many couples to tie the knot.
FARMINGTON — You can take a family out of the South, but you can't take the South out of a family. Jeff Walton was raised in Kansas City, Mo., but grew up eating barbecue influenced by his father's home state of North Carolina. "I would always hang out with my dad at the grill cause that's what little boys did in the '60s," Walton said. "I kind of learned the art of hickory barbecue on a Weber Kettle Grill." Walton's wife, Kim, is from Arkansas and inherited her love of cooking from her mother, whom she called a "really great cook."
ROSEMOUNT — Twelve-year-old Brad Taylor thinks his dad, Ben, is pretty cool, an "All Star" even. So much so that Taylor wrote an essay about his father that won him the title of "Ashok C. Sani All-Star Dad" and an all-expense paid trip to New York City for the family. The award was presented by Esquire Magazine at the 77th annual Father of the Year Awards in New York City on June 11.
One day during high school in 1968, students Jeff Christensen and Jeff Hauschildt were in study hall brainstorming names for the band they were in with John Wellvang and John McKenzie. It was Hauschildt who came up with The Spirit of Jesse Brady; a name that was soon to be big in the local classic rock scene.
On Nicolai Avenue sits the Hastings location of the agricultural equipment and Case IH dealership, Minnesota Ag Group — a street that, coincidentally, shares the name of the company's most dedicated worker. Born and raised in Hampton, Jerry Nicolai began working for the business, then called Bahl's Motor and Implement, on June 16, 1968, two weeks after his high school graduation. Five decades later and he is still happily working for the same company.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino is excited to announce a fun summer lineup to inaugurate its newest performance venue: an outdoor amphitheater. Kevin Smith, who does public relations for Treasure Island, said they hope it will become a major performance venue in the marketplace of outdoor stages. This season there is permanent seating, for example. The first artists to christen the newly outfitted amphitheater will be none other than John Fogerty and ZZ Top on June 29.
Bring your kid to work day takes on a whole new meaning when two professional careers coincide. Alan Blankenship, a captain for Delta Air Lines, has been flying for nearly 34 years. His son, Wes Blankenship, has been a co-pilot for the same airline for almost three years. On May 19, at 5:45 p.m. the father-son duo with Hastings roots flew from Seattle to Amsterdam on a flight the they will never forget.