Last Friday, I was visiting my parent's house in Hastings and accidentally let the dog out. This particular dog, Sandy, thinks it is a fun game to run away when he has a chance. As I was chasing him (for more than two hours), I met so many wonderful people. Up and down Zweber Lane, 15th Street, 14th Street, Park Lane, Lyn Way and Pine Street — numerous times! Since my hands were full following the dog, I didn't have the chance to properly express my gratitude.
Are there consequences for working without a license? I'm writing in response to the letter in the June 27 edition of the Hastings Star Gazette regarding Superintendent Tim Collins's license lapsing on two possible occasions. It appears Tim Collins was working as a superintendent on an expired license from July 1, 2008 until Nov. 14, 2008 while also breaking his contract with the school district. That means the school district did not have a licensed superintendent operating our district during this time as required by Minnesota state law.
Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has announced the ninth annual Summer Challenge Grant to boost donations to Minnesota food shelves when they need it most. Each participating food shelf, including Hastings Family Service, receives a proportionate match based on the amount raised throughout the month of July. The more funds donated to HFS in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be.
A letter appeared in the June 6 edition of the Hastings Star Gazette which wrongly criticized the Hastings city government for a lack of respect towards fallen veterans laid to rest in Hastings. To be clear, the Memorial Day programs, of which there are four in town, are organized and presented by the Hastings American Legion and the Hastings VFW. The city government does not participate, other than providing our reserve police members for traffic control, and lending the city's PA system, both free of charge.
Life is full of uncertainty, mystery and surprises. As humans, we like to think we are in control of more than we actually are, and savvy marketers capitalize on that by selling us the same idea. When it comes down to it, there are really only two things we can each control as individuals: our attitude and actions.
As the end of the month is fast approaching us; many of us within the community are wondering about the fate of our school district. On June 19, our superintendent will be officially announcing his retirement and it will be up to the school board to decide to rehire him or replace him. As someone new to the community and one that has five children within the district, I have come to question my decision to start our new chapter of life in the city of Hastings.
It is my sincere hope that Tim Collins will not be rehired as the superintendent of Hastings Public Schools. As someone who loves Hastings, I have to say that our children and community need a change. Mr. Collins waited to announce his retirement until two and a half weeks before the end of the school year and six and a half weeks before he plans to retire? His lack of timely notice reveals that he wants the residents of Hastings to feel he is our only option. There are however several excellent replacements for superintendent available.
Have you paused to consider what emotions you are feeling today? Is there contentment or frustration? Is there joy or grief? Fear or hope? It's really not an emotional either/or for us most of the time, it is a mix of feelings. Yet, we often go through our busy days without even acknowledging or being aware of that range of emotions.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer, including melanoma, is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Melanoma incidence rates in Minnesota have doubled since 1988 for both males and females, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Ingrid Polcari with the University of Minnesota Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center answers questions about skin cancer risk factors, treatment options and preventative measures people can take against skin cancer. What is skin cancer?
Great kudos are due to Affinity Plus Credit Union for joining with many others in our community to help support the United Way of Hastings' Food4Kids program! (see article in the Hastings Star Gazette, Thursday, May 2.) We are really thrilled by this new partnership. It is support like this that we hope will help grow the program to a fully functioning year-round effort. Local families who need a boost have found this program to really help, but when school is out for summer, it's been a challenge to get kid-friendly food packs filled and distributed to those who need them.