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Mindy Mejia will be the guest author Jan. 17 at the Hastings Bierstube. Mejia will speak at 6:30 p.m., however, attendees are able to have a meal and beverage beforehand between 5-5:30 p.m. The author event is free. Mejia, an internationally acclaimed thriller writer, is known for mixing compelling characters with page-turning suspense against the backdrop of the Midwest. Her books have been chosen for People's Best New Books Pick and listed in The Wall Street Journal's Best New Mysteries. She lives and works in the Twin Cities.
The Hastings Area Swim Team had a lot to be thankful for in the month of November and the HAST swimmers really heated up the pools in December with some fast swims.
It's time to start planning for the 2019-20 kindergarten year. The Hastings School District invites all soon-to-be kindergartners and their families to the Countdown to Kindergarten. This program will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Pinecrest, Kennedy and McAuliffe elementary schools. Attend at your school of residence.
This past year, a number of new businesses and development projects gained steam or were finalized. A new yarn shop in downtown Hastings opened in November, the Raider Rack was created at Schoolhouse Scoop in September, Planet Beach moved downtown in April, and of course, the city gained its first brewery.
The Dakota County Historical Society is launching a new Adopt a World War I Soldier Project at an informational session 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Lawshe Memorial Museum. The museum is located at 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. The event is free to the public.
Cordelia Pierson of Minneapolis has been re-elected to represent the Elk River to Hastings region on the Minnesota Mississippi River Parkway Commission. Established by Minnesota statute, the MN-MRPC's mission is to preserve and enhance the Mississippi River, foster economic growth in the corridor, and develop the Great River Road. Membership consists of two members of the House; two members of the Senate; appointees from five state agencies (transportation, natural resources, tourism, historical society and agriculture); five regional members; and one member at large.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 5, Artspace Hastings River Lofts will be opening its gallery to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery, located at 121 Tyler St., may be accessed from behind the building. Residents will staff the gallery to answer questions and process sales. Railway Gallery features the art of Artspace Hasting resident artists as well as artisans from across the Twin Cities. It is a nonprofit gallery that operates with donations and volunteers.
The Minnesota Historical Society announced the recipients of 42 historical and cultural heritage grants in 27 counties, totaling $4,849,057. The grants, awarded once each fiscal year, are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. "Every year we see so many exciting projects to preserve Minnesota history for future generations to experience, learn and enjoy, and this year is no exception," said Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, grants manager for the Minnesota Historical Society.
Dakota County's 2019 budget maintains the county's strong fiscal standing and supports important programs and popular services. On Dec. 18, the County Board approved the 2019 budget and property tax levy. The operating budget will be $262.23 million. Total spending, including operating costs and capital improvement projects, was approved at $409.47 million.
Hastings High School senior Lauren McQuade has been selected as the Hastings Rotary Student of the Month for December. According to HHS Principal Mike Johnson: