The United Way of Hastings will move its office to a new location in Hastings during the week of Jan. 22. UWH has been in the former First National Bank building on Second Street West for over 10 years. The existing building changed ownership in 2014. With the expected usage of the building location, to complement the redevelopment of the Hudson Sprayers building across the street, UWH leadership knew that an office move would be forthcoming.
Bryce Anderson, an ASE certified collision repair technician from Hastings was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Snap-on/ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technician of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized Nov. 15 at the fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.
The Hastings High School Class of 1947 will celebrate their 70-year class reunion noon on Saturday, June 24, at The Onion Grille. Anyone is welcome to attend the event. Contact Jean McGree at 651-437-5155 with any questions.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton preschoolers welcomed nine guests into their classroom with the hatching of nine ducklings. Students watched three of the ducks hatch throughout the week. Every year, SEAS incubates 12 mallard duck eggs. They are placed in a temperature-controlled incubator of 100 degrees for about 28 days. The preschoolers counted down the days until the eggs were ready to hatch.
Several Hastings High School band students received awards at the May 16 HHS spring band concert. Award categories included Concert Band, Varsity Band, Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble. Award winners were as follows: Concert Band Jackson Gergen, Outstanding Musician Drew davis, Most Improved Musician Varsity Band Ben Ascheman, Outstanding Musician Bobby Traeder, Most Improved Musician Jazz Ensemble II Charlie Becker, Jazz II Outstanding Musician
High school trap and skeet shooting continues to be the fastest growing high school activity in Minnesota with over 11,040 athletes participating this spring.
The Hastings Middle School fifth-grade Math Masters team took second place at a regional Math Masters event April 21 in Lakeville. There were 171 students competing on 35 different teams around the Twin Cities area. The competition included a fact drill round, individual rounds and team rounds.
Abra Hovgaard, an Edward Jones financial advisor, was honored at the Edward Jones Managing Partner's Conference April 19-21 in San Antonio. Hovgaard has been a financial advisor in Hastings since 2005. The annual event honors the top 400 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors. The attendees have the opportunity to discuss issues facing the firm and the financial services industry as a whole. This was the fourth time Hovgaard has attended the event.
The 22nd annual Hastings Tastings event was held March 28 at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Social Hall. Hastings Tastings was part of the City-Wide Food Fight, which was declared at the City Council meeting March 6. Proceeds from the event will go toward the efforts of Hastings Family Service. Any donations made from Feb. 24 to April 2 will be matched proportionately by Minnesota FoodShare, an annual food drive held to restock food shelves across the state of Minnesota.