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Thanks to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Hastings' Pioneer Park is getting a facelift. On Friday, the city announced that Pioneer Park will receive refurbished basketball courts from the Timberwolves' "Our Courts. Our Future" program. In a weeklong online vote, Pioneer Park secured 50 percent of the votes to become the South Region winner, beating Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato and Millard Walker Park in Worthington.
Hastings High School turned into a kingdom Saturday night as upperclassmen took part in the school's grand march and prom Saturday in the packed high-school gymnasium. With the theme of "A Fairytale Dream," the ceremony began with an introduction from the senior class officers, followed by a duet by Rachel Weber and Sam Kelly to Ed Sheeran's "Perfect." Then came the grand march, where over 200 couples walked through the castle archway in their finest formalwear onto the stage to hoots, cheers and camera flashes.
The Hastings Preservation Commission presented its annual awards on Monday, highlighting five buildings. The awards "recognize residential and commercial historic properties that have been well maintained or restored in accordance with the city's historic preservation guidelines," HPC Vice Chair Amy Martin said. Winners receive a plaque.
Warriors and heroes — not to mention barnyard animals, gators, rockets and flamingos — took center stage like the gladiators of old Friday. In front of Hastings Middle School, classes from grades 5-8 took part in the 2018 Tug-of-War fundraiser. In total, Hastings Middle School students and staff raised $5,500 for Hastings Family Services, helping fund assistance for school supplies for 150 students as well as raising money for the food shelf and project share program. Since 2011, the Tug-of-War has raised $61,000, HFS Associate Amy Sutton said to the crowd.
Visiting family in Illinois gave Madeline McCabe an idea for back home. The Hastings High School senior was on a bike ride when she saw a truck collecting donations for hurricane relief at a local school. "It was around the time all the big hurricanes were going on," McCabe said. "I asked who was in charge and they had a Red Cross Club that did similar projects. It was super popular at their school." McCabe continued, "I thought it was something that could happen at Hastings."
Bike attire at the turn of the 20th century isn't quite like today with compression shorts and shirt and an aerodynamic helmet. But with some motivation and over 40 hours of work, Sally Anderson brought the vintage look together with a antique bicycle. As part of the inaugural Hastings Bike Tour, Anderson, with the LeDuc Historic Estate, found a design online and made her own 1890s women's cyclist attire, patterning her costume after a photo found of an unnamed woman with her safety bicycle in the cornerstone of Old Central School when it was demolished in the 1950s.
Music lovers filled historic downtown Hastings on Saturday evening for some live tunes and charity as a part of Hootenanny IX. Over 120 musicians played across eight different venues in Hastings: The Busted Nut; Onion Grille; 2nd Street Depot; American Legion; Spiral Brewery; Lock & Dam Eatery; Country Nites Saloon; Fireside Social House; and Me & Julio. Admission was free, but a $5 donation to Hastings Middle School music programs was suggested. According to the Hootenanny's website, $10,000 was raised.
WOODBURY — A day before Super Bowl LII took place at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, former football greats, mixed-martial artists and fitness celebrities all took part in the 18th Celebrity Sweat Flag Football Challenge Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Healtheast Sports Center in Woodbury. Pep bands from Woodbury High School and East Ridge High School kicked off the event, which featured a Military Mini Flag Football Scrimmage prior to the celebrity game.
Eventually, you have to grow up. Up to this point, my whole professional life has revolved around sports. The "toy department" in journalism jargon. That meant late nights of talkin' touchdowns. Or points. Or runs. You name it. And the appealing part of sports is taking on a new challenge. And for me, that challenge means leaving sports. And it's a challenge I'm more than ready for.
Even while watching a six-run fourth inning for Hastings, Red Wing had to make sure the team wasn’t frazzled. There were still five innings left to chip away at the Hawks. “You like to fight. It’s something to hang your hat on,” said Red Wing second baseman Adam Thygesen. “Guys keep working and it’s fun to play with guys who keep working.”