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It's been about one year since Dakota Electric Association announced planting pollinator friendly habitat at some of its substations, and it recently announced plans to expand its pollinator friendly habitat at another substation and further explore more locations.
Prepare to be entertained. The Starlifter, a seven-piece band of Air Force men and women, is coming to town. The Starlifter will perform a free concert at the Rotary Pavilion in Veterans Memorial Levee Park 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. The band features two vocalists, a percussionist, bassist, pianist and guitarist who will play any type of music under the sun. The evening will be a mix of rock and pop, country and jazz, as well as old classics and new hits. Starlifters is just one of eight bands that components of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.
Three people filed to replace Mayor Paul Hicks, who is not seeking re-election. Only two will advance to the Nov. 6 general election. The Hastings Star Gazette posed a series of questions to the candidates. Cody D. Jones opted not to participate. The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14. To learn where you vote, go to the Minnesota Secretary of State website and use the pollfinder at https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ .
ROSEMOUNT — The Second Act Players will perform three stage shows of "The Girls of Autumn" this weekend at the Steeple Center. Director Keith Reed shared how the cast of eight looks forward to performing this new production. The script was written by Paul Barile. "It is an old jewel thief gang getting back together in their old age, and it is a comedy of errors and there are some side stories that go on," Reed said.
A motorcycle passenger was killed and its driver seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday night, Aug. 8, 2018, at the intersection of Highway 316 and Highway 61 in Welch Township.
The Dakota County Fair runs Aug. 6-12 in Farmington. Still on deck for the festivities are: Bulls and Barrels, 7 p.m. Wednesday Demolition derby, 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday Bank robbery re-enactment, 3 p.m. Sunday For a full list of fair events, visit www.dakotacountyfair.org/events.
HASTINGS — All are invited to a public open house 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 to hear an update for the Highway 316 Improvement Project . The open house will be held at Crossroads Church, 225 33rd Street W. in Hastings, with a short presentation scheduled for 5:15 p.m.
We are parishioners at St. Mathias in Hampton. Our priest, Father Cole Kracke, is also caring for St. Mary's church in New Trier and St. John the Baptist in Vermillion. This would have been thought impossible years ago. However, ordination to the priesthood has decreased. So besides offering Mass twice on Sunday and nearly every day of the week, Father has been given the responsibility of funerals, weddings, and the sacraments of reconciliation, visitation (the sacrament of the sick) etc. It can be overwhelming.
For the second year in a row, Always Lucy Strong is hosting its primary fundraiser in musical fashion. This year's A Little Summer Jam will welcome Minnesota-based band Porcupine and Kat Perkins of NBC's "The Voice" fame. A Little Summer Jam returns 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Rotary Pavilion in Hastings.
The Hastings High School trap shooting team attended the 2018 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trap Championship on June 19 in Alexandria. Over 8,000 shooters from over 325 teams around the state competed during the nine day-tournament. Being that Hastings has the largest high school team in the state, not to mention the nation, they had 93 students (70 male and 23 female) shoot on the final day of competition. Out of 12 teams shooting in Class 9A, Hastings placed seventh overall with 470 points. The first-place team was Bemidji with 487 points.