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The founder of the Langenfeld Foundation, Paul Langenfeld, has been chosen to speak at the Points of Light National Conference in St. Paul in June. The Points of Light organization was started by President George H.W. Bush to recognize volunteers across the nation who are making a difference in their communities.
The temperatures may be dropping, but don't forget it's still important to get some fresh air. With a large number of parks, as well as public skating rinks in the area, there are many ways to get outside. Here are some special events in the Hastings area to help get you, your friends or your family off the couch and into the brisk air this January. What: Live Music Series at Mad Jaxx Where: Welch Village When: Saturdays at 4 p.m.
It takes a lot of perseverance to continue giving back when life throws you for a loop — or two, in the case of Hastings resident Corrie Rezachek. Rezachek, who would rather be known as "a lovely old lady over 30," instead of her age, started making hats for people in need four years ago after she became a long-term resident at Augustana Care in Hastings. A former resident of Cottage Grove, Rezachek began giving back to the community to fill free time when her children grew up. She spent many hours volunteering for her church and at various thrift stores.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom found police officer Geoffrey Latsch was legally justified in the shooting death of Hastings resident Keagan Johnson-Lloyd, according to a news release Dec. 19, 2018.. In the determination, Backstrom said "the use of deadly force by a peace officer is justified to protect the officer or another person from death or great bodily harm. Here, Officer Latsch subjective belief was objectively reasonable under the circumstances present at the time of this incident."
Knitters and crocheters rejoice! A new yarn shop opened in Hastings over Thanksgiving weekend. Muse2320 Fiber Co. officially opened for business Saturday, Nov. 24 at 113 E. Second St. Suite 103. The shop sells patterns, kits, embroidery supplies, yarn and soon to include a special Muse2320 line. The cozy shop, nestled between United Way of Hastings and El Mexican, has been a long time coming for owner Sara Lawrence and her husband Bob. The couple has always known that a shop would be in their future.
HAMPTON — A Hampton restaurant is open after burning down last year. Meric's Woodfired Oven and Tavern, previously known as the Naughty Pine, celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 19 after burning down in May 2017. The owners, Eric and Michelle Johnson, announced their new plan for the business and broke ground this past July. "It's been great — a big change. Having the food be the main focus has been a big change," Eric Johnson said.
HASTINGS -- Grab your favorite know-it-all friends and grab a table. Trivia Mafia has started hosting a weekly trivia night at Spiral Brewery. Trivia Mafia is a big provider of the beloved pastime, hosting over 140 trivia events across the state, and even to venues in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska. "Our team really likes trivia and thinks it's a lot of fun," Jen Fox, part owner of Spiral Brewery, said. "We have played Trivia Mafia in other places and think it is a great organization."
After seven years in business, the Carousel will be going out of business. The boutique shop will officially close on Monday, Dec. 31. "I am not thrilled about it, but it is time," owner Karen Jung said. "It's been an experience, but I am worn out. It's time to make a change." Jung has been a part of the Hastings community for over 30 years, and, along with husband Tom, has played a large part in the revitalization of the downtown area, having purchased some of the buildings and serving on redevelopment committees since the '90s.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an incident where a Hastings police officer fatally shot a suspect Monday evening.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard was awarded with the "Farm Families of the Year" award from the University of Minnesota Extension. The award was presented to Nan Bailly, owner and winemaker, at the Dakota County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4. The award is given out to one farm in each county in Minnesota by the university every year. The program has been around for over 30 years.