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The Hastings High School Theater Department performed Moliere's "The Miser" Nov. 10-12. The play is a five-act comedy that was first performed in 1668. The plot revolves around love and money. The miser Harpagon wants his daughter Elise to marry a wealthy old man, but she is in love with Valere. Harpagon wants to marry a young woman named Marianne, who his son Cleante wishes to marry. Cast Harpagon-The Miser, Will Sorg Elise, Elsie Kopp Cleante, Jack Raway Valere, Trevor Zeyen Marianne, McKayla Kielas Anselme, Sam Nutter,
The 2017 Give to the Max Day is slated for Thursday, Nov. 16. The day is an opportunity for Minnesotans to show their support for their favorite nonprofit organizations and schools. Give to the Max Day is a 24-hour charitable giving competition. Donors are asked to give to their favorite Minnesota charities and the nonprofits that receive the most dollars will be awarded an extra grant from giveMN.org.
The (lumin) theater lab will present Scriptease Nov. 16-17 at Fireside Social House at 7 p.m. Scriptease is a little different from a typical theater production. There is no director and for some of the actors, there is no script. "It's an actor's nightmare," said Kelli Tatum, producer of Scriptease. There is no one plotline or story. The show will consist of several 6-8 minute scenes performed by pairs. One person will have a script and the other person will have to improvise. The first actor will read the line that is on the designated script.
Hidden Greens Golf Course broke ground Oct. 24 for their new banquet facility that is scheduled to open in fall of 2018. The event hall will offer seating for up to 300 people with a view of the golf course. "It's something we get to share this place with people year round instead of just a niche of golfers," said Denise Dodge, general manager of Hidden Greens.
Hastings-area voters approved District 200's two-question referendum in the Tuesday election. The district asked the community to approve a $49.5 million bond and an operating levy worth $1.3 million a year. The bond passed with 66 percent of votes, while the levy garnered nearly 62 percent. Funds from the bond will be made available to update the district facilities. Five areas were included in the bond including safety and security, deferred maintenance, 21st century learning, community shared spaces and technology.
Scott Gergen, Dave Pemble and Kelsey Waits won seats on the Hastings School Board in Tuesday's election. They were among five candidates for three four-year term seats. Peter Blissenbach ran unopposed for a special election and will serve on the board for two years. Gergen garnered 26.37 percent of the votes, Pemble came in with 22.77 percent and Waits had 20.82 percent.
Hastings Young Life celebrated 10 years in the community at their banquet celebration Oct. 30. While the Hastings nonprofit is only a decade old, the Young Life organization has been around since the 1940s. It began in Texas as a club with an emphasis on showing kids that faith in God can be not only fun, but exhilarating and life changing. The club's vision is to introduce kids to Jesus, help them grow in their faith and have fun while doing it. There are about 200 Hastings students who participate in Young Life throughout the year.
A new Hastings amenity recently opened in town by the name of Just Sit Sala. The new business located at 1303 South Frontage Road in Suite 261 is a place of meditation and contemplation. Owner Rob Ring said that the business was named after advice from the Tibetan sage Milarepa. When students asked how to progress in their meditation, Milarepa told them to "just sit."
The new Allina Health Hastings Clinic, located at 1880 N. Frontage Road, is slated to open Nov. 6, replacing the First Street Clinic location. "The new clinic is part of a $63 million investment Allina Health has made in the Hastings community," said Tom Thompson, president of Regina Hospital. The new clinic is located a mile and a half from Regina Hospital. It will house 36 providers and 140 support staff members, including lab and X-ray technicians, clinical assistants, nurses and business office staff.
The Hastings City Council has approved the final plat and site plan for an 89-unit apartment building in the Glendale Heights neighborhood. The building will be built on a 4.74-acre parcel of land located north of Eagle Pointe Apartments on Voyageur Parkway. The construction of the apartment building will provide housing for over 100 residents. "We have a demand for apartments and demand for high quality apartments so hopefully this will meet that demand," said John Hinzman, the city's community development director.