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Pine Harbor Christian Academy and Kids Kare Center celebrated its third-annual bike safety day June 1. Hastings School Resource Officer David Bauer helped students understand the importance of bike safety, set up a bike skills test and helped the students understand trail etiquette. Also in attendance was Nyki Biegel, EMT and firefighter for the Hastings Fire Department, who spoke to the students about fire safety and first aid.
Auditions to qualify for the eighth annual Hastings Sings will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 7, at the Hastings Arts Center, 216 Fourth St. E. Auditions will be recorded. A panel of judges will later listen to the recordings and decide who will compete in the finals which will take place during Hastings Rivertown Days. Pre-register by calling 651-228-6979 or by emailing your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Photographer Christopher McLaughlin will host a gallery reception showcasing his photography from Hastings and around Minnesota from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Hastings Art Center, 216 Fourth St. E. McLaughlin recently moved to Hastings after leaving active duty service with the U.S. Coast Guard as a photographer for 10 years. Read more:
The trap team continues to hold third place out of eight teams in Class 9A Conference 2 with 50,563 points, preceded by Lakeville South in first (57,600.5 points) and Northfield in second (54,397.5 points).
The 32nd annual Apple Blossom Races were held Sunday, May 21, at Carpenter Nature Center. There were more than 400 registered runners for the 5K, 10K, half marathon and 2K Fun Run. The courses began at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, went through the hilly St. Croix Valley, past the apple orchards, some traveled through the CNC trail system and all ended at the finish line in front of the historic Carpenter Home.
I belong to a homeowners' association. My development is a lucky one; the association is run by a board of volunteer neighbors.There are rules that were made to keep the grounds neat, clean and safe for the residents. Everyone reads and signs off on the rules. There are no surprises. Association living is not for everyone. We live in close proximity so our behaviors affect our neighbors. We all have a big financial stake in the upkeep of our community.
A two-vehicle crash was reported around 10:30 a.m. May 22 near the intersection of Highway 61 and 18th Street in Hastings. One vehicle rolled over as a result of the crash. No more details were immediately available.
Black Dirt Theater will begin preparing for its summer musical production of "Mary Poppins" with auditions starting this week. Auditions for the show will be held: 6-9 p.m. May 25 for adults at Hastings High School; 6-9 p.m. May 26 for adults at Hastings High School; 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 1 for kids at the Hastings High School; 6-9 p.m. June 2 for adults at the Hastings Arts Center; and June 3 will be call backs at the Hastings Arts Center.
Hastings Middle School students were recently accepted into American Choral Director's Association of Minnesota State 4-5-6 Honor Choirs. Over 600 students submitted auditions from schools across Minnesota. The students worked on their own and with their school choir directors to prepare and memorize five songs each for an all-day festival and concert on May 6. The performances were held at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
I'm signed up for U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis' emails and I received one about his attempt at proving he's there for the American people. I responded with this: Mr. Lewis, Because of your continued fearful refusal to meet with your constituents and your recent vote on the disastrous new "Don't Care" health care plan, do not count on my vote in 2018. I see that your position is also one of the battleground areas in the country for the 2018 elections and I can see why.