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The 2018 theme for the Hastings Reads program is "Refugee Voices." This year's book selection is "The Song Poet" by Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang. The elementary book selection is "Their Great Gifts" by Jon Coy and the middle school book selection is "Home of the Brave" by Katherine Applegate.
Thanks for support of school district My Thanksgiving Day started with listening to the Hastings Middle School choir singing the National Anthem at the Gobble Gait starting line, watching a Vikings win, sharing a meal with family, and wrapped up learning a new card game from my kids (with some help from Wikipedia to sort out the "real" rules). What a lot I have to be thankful for!
Hastings City Council member Tina Folch is running for a Minnesota House seat. Folch will run as a DFLer in House District 54B next year. She's the first candidate to announce a challenge to Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, who is in his first term representing the district. "I am running because I can no longer stand by and watch the Legislature turn its back on its responsibilities to our district like an absentee landlord," Folch said in announcing her bid Monday, Nov. 27.
The Hmong American Farmers Association was recently awarded $247,425 from the Bush Foundation as part of the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation.
One of my goals this year is to better incorporate science as it happens in the real world into the science we learn in the classroom. This helps the students realize that science happens all around us, and every single day, discoveries are made; sometimes they are made by amazing, renowned scientists, and sometimes by an unsuspecting, budding scientist! I am most looking forward to seeing how the teacher-student and student-student relationship grow and change throughout the year.
Hastings Middle School Theater Department presented Dr. Dolittle Jr. Nov. 2-3 in the HMS auditorium. The musical is based on the "Dr. Dolittle" stories by Hugh Lofting and the 20th Century Fox Film. The book, music and lyrics are by Leslie Bricusse. Audiences enjoyed the story of Dr. Dolittle and his search for the giant pink shell snail. The play was directed by Zach Filkins with musical director Katherine Warren. The technical director was Anne Blessing and the costume assistant was Sara Lawrence. Cast Dr. John Dolittle, Alex Ussatis
The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Coalition honored three individuals at their sixth annual gala on Friday, Nov. 3. Judy Johnson, Debbie Saunders and Allen Saunders were awarded the Arts Heroes award. Each year, the new arts heroes are chosen by those who have already received the award. The decision is based on the amount and quality of service that the new arts hero has given to the arts in their community.
The Hastings School District election will take place Nov. 7. Voters will weigh in on a $49.5 million bond measure and an operating levy. They also will fill three four-year seats on the school board. There are four candidates: Scott Gergen, Dave Pemble, Kelsey Waits and Kim Christensen. Also, Peter Blissenbach is the only candidate in a special election for a fourth school board seat.
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The Hastings High School Marching Band was named state champions at the Youth in Music Marching Band Championships at U.S. Bank Stadium Saturday, Oct. 14. The Raiders were named Class A Minnesota state champions out of 10 bands in their class. This is the fourth time that the Raiders have been named class A state champions. They also won in 2012, 2013, 2014. In addition to winning the championship, they received awards for outstanding winds, outstanding percussion and outstanding color guard in their class.