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The Hastings High School skeet shooting team competed at the 2019 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Class 2A Skeet Championship on June 20 in Prior Lake. More than 30 high schools teams featuring more than 300 student athletes competed over two days. Overall Hastings' 28 member team finished as runners-up out of 12 teams with a total of 460 points. The champions were Wayzata with 483 points.
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The Miss Minnesota scholarship competition took place June 19-22 at the Eden Prairie Performing Arts Center. The competition committee welcomed 24 candidates from around the state. Alaina Mattimiro, Miss Hastings 2019, was the first to represent Hastings at the state competition in 34 years.
July's Weed of the Month, cutleaf teasel (Dipsacus lacinatus), once had a useful propose. But now the weed is being targeted for eradication in Minnesota. Cutleaf teasel is an herbaceous perennial plant that dies after producing seed. It was brought to North America from Europe in the 1700s and its stiff, bristly seed heads were used in the textile industry to raise the nap on fabric. Cutleaf teasel has also been used as an ornamental plant in gardens and flower arrangements.
The American Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer. Around holidays like Independence Day, donations often don't keep pace with patient needs. The Red Cross is thanking all those who donate through July 6 with a Red Cross Missing Types T-shirt, while supplies last.
Boaters might want to take extra care to keep sober this Fourth of July Weekend, as law enforcement agencies are ramping up their efforts to curb impaired boating on lakes across the region. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing patrols on lakes over the weekend as part of "Operation Dry Water," a national enforcement campaign aimed at cracking down on boating while intoxicated.
The Hastings High School trap shooting team competed in the 2019 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trap Championship on June 18 in Alexandria. More than 8,300 shooters from over 330 teams from around the State competed over the course of nine days at the event. Since Hastings has the largest highschool team in the state, they had 95 students (62 male and 33 female) shoot on the final day of competition against over 900 shooters.
Girls' soccer pre-season meeting There will be an informational meeting for all girls' soccer players entering grades 9-12 for Fall 2019 on July 9 from 6:15 pm — 7:30 pm in Room F253 — Lecture Hall at Hastings High School. This meeting should be attended by all players and/or parents to receive important updates on the preseason, registration, tryouts, program policies, upcoming fundraisers and the 2019 season.
Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls will hold free farm tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. In addition to hay ride tours of the turkey farm, the annual event features local food samples, activities for children and live music. An on-farm market will be open for refreshments. Ferndale Market is at 31659 Willow Trail in Cannon Falls.
The Hastings trap team moved up from fifth to finish the season in fourth place in Class 9A Conference 2. The Skeet team moved up from third and was the runner-up in Class 2A Conference 2 and will receive an award at the state championship. End of the season conference awards have been announced and the Tanner Kordosky (24.20) earned second place for Trap Conference Male Season Average. Julia Human (19.10) was third for Skeet Conference Female Season Average.