The Dakota County Historical Society will host "Google Your Genealogy" — a genealogy research presentation by Kim Ashford at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. Admission to the presentation is free. Ashford will discuss how to use Google for more than searching an ancestor's name. She will teach tips and tricks about how to make discoveries in genealogy research.
The Dakota County Historical Society will host "Minnesota Gophers Sports History" by historian Ryan Barland from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Sibley Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota, Minn.
Total Life Care Center of Hastings held its fourth annual "Run For Their Lives" 5k run/1 mile walk fundraiser Sept. 15 at the Rotary Pavilion in Hastings. There were 121 participants in the run/walk.The men's top finishers in the 5k were Nick Johnson (first place), Derek Fairbanks (second place) and Michael Barsness (third place). The women's top finishers were Jill Gentz (first place), Molly Caturia (second place) and Amy Clark (third place). The top youth finishers were Andrew Gentz (first place), Zach Rother (second place) and Evelyn Marthaler (third place).
The Regina Auxiliary in Hastings will host the Fall Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Regina Senior Living. There will be a meat raffle silent auction, thrifty treasures, country store, bake sale, kids games, grab bags, bingo, food and refreshments, and entertainment by Pat and Gary Fender. Raffle items include a queen-size "Summer" quilt (donated by Joanne Olson), "Sunflower" quilt (donated by Sandy VanDePutte), a lighted garden tower (donated by Joe Brochman), doll house (donated by Myrna Gulsvig), and the Metro Area Christmas Light Limo Ride for eight.
Hastings High School seniors Claudia Ketcham and Brian Nielsen have been named semifinalists and Deanna Small has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 PSAT. Ketcham, Nielsen and the other semifinalists represent the top-1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth about $31 million.
The traveling exhibit and program for parents and teacher, Top Secret Project, will be held at the Hastings High School auditorium from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The Top Secret Project is a unique traveling exhibit designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Using a simulated teenager's bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there's a problem.
Merchants Bank's "Swipe Out Hunger" Facebook giveaway has concluded with Hastings Family Service taking first place and receiving a donation of $2,500. "Hastings Family Service is fortunate to be part of a community that really rallies behind us, and we have community members like Mike Swanson and Molly Peters who work hard to get the word out about voting for us during Swipe Out Hunger," said Amy Sutton, associate director of Hastings Family Service. "A gift of $2,500 can purchase nearly 18,000 pounds of food, which is going to help a lot of neighbors in our community."
The Hastings branch of the American Association of University Women, AAUW, awards an academic scholarship to a high-ranking female high school student every year. The scholarship's objective is to give recognition and assistance to a student who has defined high aspirations of accomplishments in the field of her choice and who has participated in a wide range of extracurricular and volunteer activities during her time as a high school student.
Yellow House Films announced the theatrical release of the feature film, "Farmer of the Year," will be coming to Hastings Cinema on Aug. 31. The film, by the husband and wife team of Kathy Swanson and Vince O'Connell, stars Emmy-nominated Barry Corbin ("Northern Exposure," "No Country for Old Men," "Urban Cowboy" and "War Games"), Mackinlee Waddell ("Good Christian Belles"), and Terry Kiser ("Weekend at Bernie's").
The Minneapolis Veterans Home, along with state government, made history Thursday, Aug. 23, by opening the nation's first fixed dental clinic on a state veterans home campus. Previously, the home relied on mobile clinics to provide dental care to veterans as do others across the state. Challenges with the mobile clinics included a limited ability to provide dental procedures, increased cost and time for setup and teardown, lack of adequate space to receive patients, inconsistent durability of equipment, and poor conditions for infection control.