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On Saturday, May 18, students of Hastings High School packed into the school commons to celebrate prom. Grand March started at 4 p.m. in the gym, decorated with fairy lights and plants to go with the night's "Moonlight Garden" theme. The cost for attendees was $1 or a canned food donation. The dance was held in the commons at 9 p.m., and allowed students to dance their hearts out until midnight.
City Council unanimously approved rezoning 2128 Vermillion St., formerly Auto Stop Gas Station, to make way for a new business, Deals with Wheels. After Monday night's vote, the zone will be changed from a C-3 commercial zone to a C-2, which allows for auto-specialized commerce. The council also voted to give the Deals with Wheels owners a special use permit for automotive sales.
A new place for donuts and coffee is coming to town. Dunkin', located off of Vermillion, is set to open Friday, May 24 at 5 a.m. The restaurant will feature donuts and baked goods made daily, as well as hot, cold and frozen drinks. For those on the go, the business will have a drive-thru and a mobile ordering app. The restaurant is owned by Elias Saman, who was chosen as Dunkin's franchisee for the southeast metro.
In the summer of 1989, a 22-year-old Dave Welshons and a 25-year-old Richard Welshons took over their father's title insurance agency, Dakota County Abstract Company, now known as DCA Title. Richard had five years at the company under his belt, while Dave had been working there full time for six weeks— a fresh college graduate, who had put in hours at the company during school breaks. Neither of them expected that they would be the future owners of DCA Title; it was just something that happened due to timing.
This week, local law enforcement officers and community members joined together to celebrate Police Week with the fifth annual Police Week Open House. The Hastings Police Department opened its garage doors and blocked off a small section of Sibley Street to host the community and recognize those who work hard to protect Hastings. The open house gave the community a chance to meet law enforcement officers, as well as check out squad cars and other equipment used by the department.
Last year, the Miss Hastings Scholarship Program was brought back after a 34-year slumber. With a year of experience under their belt, the volunteers that put together the Miss Hastings program have been thinking about what they learned and what they would like to tweak for Miss Hastings 2020.
After having to cancel its February performance due to weather, the River Valley Concert Band is ready to perform its spring concert. This concert theme is Music on the Mississippi, and will feature 10 river-themed tunes of various genres, including Broadway and show tunes. "Our repertoire is going to include a number of songs that capture the spirit of river communities, and what it means to live alongside a major river corridor," board member, Dan Retka, said.
Last week, Rep. Angie Craig named Spiral Brewery the "Small Business Hero" of the 2nd Congressional District at a U.S. House Small Business Committee hearing typically held during Small Business Week. Spiral Brewery owners Jen, Amy and Nick Fox were invited to Washington D.C. to testify in front of the committee, which Craig is a member of, on May 8. During the testimony, Amy Fox shared the story of what it took for the team to get Spiral up and running, and the success that the business has seen in its first year.
On May 2, TLC of Hastings celebrated its 10th Anniversary Banquet at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The event attracted a full house of 400 people. "We wanted 400 people to represent the 400 babies that we have helped welcome into the world since we opened 10 years ago," Executive Director Andrea Kullmann said. To entertain the audience, Christian comedian Gordon Douglas performed. Douglas has been in comedy for 30 years, performing throughout the world.
On Saturday, May 4, over 140 volunteers met at Vermillion Falls Park to take part in the trail clean-up event hosted by the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department. Volunteers split up to clean various trails and parks around the city. Of the city's 37 parks, 21 were cleaned up on Saturday. The remaining parks were already cleaned or will be later this month.