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Members of the Augustana Choir are preparing for a brief performance tour of the Midwest during spring break, including a stop in Hastings. The focus of the 2019 tour will be "Masterworks of the Sacred European Tradition." The choir is preparing pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Vivaldi, with a set of contemporary pieces as well. Under the direction of guest conductor Steve Grives, the choir will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Hastings. All concerts are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted.
HASTINGS — Jon Kennedy, a sophomore at Hastings High School and son of Eric and Irina Kennedy, earned his Eagle Scout award, the highest in Boy Scouts. Less than 4 percent of Scouts achieve the status.
The Minnesota FoodShare March campaign is gearing up and Hastings Mayor Mary Fasbender proclaimed a city-wide food fight. Hundreds of food shelves across Minnesota depend on this effort to help meet hunger needs in their communities. Hastings Family Service is among the food shelves that benefits from the month-long campaign.
The month of February is National Heart Awareness Month. It is important for us to keep our hearts healthy. A healthy heart allows efficient delivery of oxygenated blood and nutrients to our cells and waste out of our body. Monitoring blood pressure Heart disease is infamously known as the "silent killer" since signs or symptoms often go unnoticed. According to the American Heart Association, blood pressures of less than 120/80 are considered within the normal range. If you have a high blood pressure, please consult your doctor.
Originally scheduled for the last week in January, inclement weather postponed the National Catholic Schools Week celebration at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion. Rescheduled for Feb. 11-14, the school celebrated with a variety of activities throughout the week. Students kicked off the week with Team Day in which apparel from students' favorite teams or school spirit apparel was worn. Grandfriends stopped by in the afternoon on Monday for bingo as well.
The following area schools are closed Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, due to snow.
Hastings Family Service welcomed four new members to its board of directors in 2019 including (from left to right): Caleb Wyre, Katy Lindberg, Andy Langenfeld and Dave Wilske. Wyre is the youth pastor at Crossroads Church. Lindberg has owned a Farmers Agency for 21 years. Langenfeld is the founder of Black Dirt Theater and is a current market and product developer for "good" at Thrivent. Wilske is the deputy chief of the Hastings Police Department. Photo courtesy of Hastings Family Service
FARMINGTON — For the 13th year, Crops Day will bring University of Minnesota Extension and agency specialists to Dakota County to share local research results and crop management strategies with producers and other agricultural professionals. Crops Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Dakota Electric Association, 4300 220th St. W., Farmington. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m.
Hastings High School senior Drew Davis has been selected as the Hastings Rotary Student of the Month for February. Below is information on Davis provided by HHS Assistant Principal Kris Husaby:
Free teenager mental health program offered Change to Chill, Allina Health's award-winning mental well-being program, is now offering free training sessions around the region. Change to Chill works as a guide to help teens become more aware of the things that stress them out and equip them with tools and resources to better manage stress and anxiety and live happier, more resilient lives.