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Council gets Great River Landing update City Council heard a presentation from community development director John Hinzman that provided an update on the Great River Landing project in the old Hudson Manufacturing building. Confluence Development, the developer for the project, will be proposing an amendment to the purchase and development agreement between Confluence and the city some time in August.
RiverTown Multimedia has chosen multimedia sales consultant Colleen Feil to be the new advertising sales manager. Feil has a strong history with the company and the industry, having worked for the Hudson Star Observer about 25 years ago. Then for about 14 years she worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Feil came back in 2017, serving the Woodbury and Cottage Grove markets. "I am looking forward to learning more about each individual community and learning their needs, and working with local businesses," Feil said.
Vue Beauty Studio, the first of its kind in Hastings, set up shop and opened its doors downtown just a few weeks ago. The studio offers beauty services, including eyelash extensions, lifts and tints, makeup, hairstyling, and facial waxing. Vue Beauty is headed by long-time Hastings resident Danielle Oehrlein. Oehrlein attended the Hastings Beauty School after graduating high school. "I always knew I was meant to make people beautiful," Oehrlein said.
Last month, a new community space opened its doors in downtown Hastings. The Savana Sanchez Memorial Community and Art Center, located at 217 Ramsey St., was opened by MRW, Inc., a local housing services company for disabled adults. The community center, a nonprofit, was founded and named in honor of local artist and MRW, Inc. client, Savana Sanchez, who died in May 2018. "This was something we wanted to do to honor her legacy," Johny Bruno, center director, said. "We wanted to, in her memory, give the community a place to go, and create and share art."
With the help of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, a Twin Cities nonprofit, the Hastings YMCA provided 375 teens with free YMCA summer memberships. The memberships were open for students attending high school in the upcoming school year. "To see these kids come in and do all the different activities, it's really cool," Hastings YMCA Executive Director Derrick Jaeger said. "We like having all of these kids here."
Hastings City Council voted to accept four candidates as finalists for the vacant city administrator position. After the July 1 vote, the names of the four candidates became public and were posted on the city of Hastings website. Of the four, two currently hold city administrator positions: Aaron Reeves, city administrator of the city of Cloquet, and Sack Thongvanh, city administrator of Falcon Heights. The other candidates are Tom Sorel, vice-president of engineering and professional services firm WSP USA, and Dan Wietecha, township superintendent of Bath, Michigan.
Rusty Fifield's passion has always been developing communities. After graduating with a master's degree in planning, Fifield took a job as the assistant to the city administrator in North Mankato. At the age of 25, he became the first city manager of St. James, a small town in southwest Minnesota. Despite starting his career in the public sector, Fifield has spent a majority of his time doing financial consulting for several Minnesota cities. Now he has come back to the public sector, serving as Hastings' economic development coordinator since April.
Economic Development Strategic Plan City Council discussed and adopted an Economic Development Strategic Plan presented by economic development coordinator Rusty Fifield. The plan outlines the assets that Hastings has in regard to economic growth, as well as some of the road blocks the city has faced in growth over the past years. The plan includes an action plan that lists ongoing and immediate actions for the city to take to help foster economic development.
Celebrate the red, white and blue with the Fourth of July fireworks. The fireworks show will be hosted by Hastings Golf Club and Events at 2015 Westview Drive, starting at 10 p.m. The event has been sponsored by Vermillion State Bank for over 20 years. Bring your own chairs and blankets to set up on the golf course. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Over 500 people gathered throughout the day around Hastings on Friday, June 21 to celebrate Make Music Day, according to Parks and Recreation programming specialist, Paige Marschall Bigler. There were 10 free performances held at six different parks around town from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The day had something for everyone, covering all genres of music from rock 'n' roll to dixieland jazz — including children's folk music.