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Pageant Pennies adding up to success The Miss Hastings Scholarship Program appreciates the businesses and residents throughout the Hastings School District who gave us their support during our recent Pageant Pennies fundraiser. Each jar bears the slogan "Your change today funds tomorrow's leaders!" Thank you for your generosity to help us with this goal. We are deeply grateful for the community's assistance to move closer to it.
Bea Westerberg may be contacted at email@example.com . Oh me, oh my, oh dear; technically it’s just about half a year gone and half a year to come of 2018! That long winter made it seem like we have a lot more time before that happens.
Jewel Pickert is a Hastings resident. Fathers are special. It’s not just my opinion. Research proves it. Before we get to that, think of what you do or have done with your father. Maybe you went hunting, fishing, played some type of sport, put something together, or created something new. Whatever it was, you did it together.
The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board invites employers to participate in the 2018 Employers of Excellence Awards. The program will recognize the employers in the two-county area that are best at finding and retaining employees — two challenges employers face amid low unemployment. The program also provides an overview of employment data, and trends and practices on what employers are doing to maintain an engaged workforce.
The Regina Auxiliary is hosting a blood drive 2-8 p.m. June 18 and 19 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth St. The American Red Cross is currently doing a campaign called Missing Types, encouraging increased blood donation especially with A, B and O blood types. Hospitals are more likely to run out of these blood types, leaving patients without.
Editor's note: The Gazette's 2018 graduation photos are available to purchase here . Standing in front of 341 of her peers, Shae Archambault opened Hastings High School commencement with a bit of perspective.
At 15, K. Coleman was left in the snow on the side of Highway 61 in Cottage Grove, bloody and bruised after being raped by three men. She experienced the brutal horror again years later when, at 19, she was forced by a group of strangerS with weapons into an unknown home. "I just started crying. 'I'm not here by choice, I need to get out,' and it didn't really phase him," she said. "So he assaulted me, but he kept saying, 'I'm sorry.'" Twice in five years Coleman found herself reporting rapes, talking to police and nurses, feeling lost and alone.
Dakota City Heritage Village is planning a Family & Friends Fun Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, during Dew Days. People are urged to bring a Dew Days button and bring a picnic lunch. Free popcorn will be offered. The outdoor museum will be open to see horse-drawn buggies and farm machinery from the past. Children can play vintage games, watch the blacksmith at work in his forge and see a woodworker creating a project.
Dakota County is providing free travel training to help people increase their mobility and independence. Travel Training is a service offered through the new GoDakota initiative to improve access to communities for older adults and people with disabilities in Dakota County. The training teaches individuals and groups about public and private transportation options available across the county and how to use them.