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Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant will test the capabilities of federal, state and local agencies in the event of an emergency incident at the plant, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Residents in surrounding areas should not be alarmed by a variety of field activities that will take place near the plant.
Old meets new on a country road running from Miesville to Hastings where, thanks to the dedication of a family, a piece of preserved history stands. The Little Log House Pioneer Village is a restored pioneer town started by Steve and Sylvia Bauer that today contains more than 45 old and restored buildings. While the main event of this "village" is the three-day Little Log House Antique Power Show hosted at the end of July, it is also a favorite venue for many couples to tie the knot.
FARMINGTON — You can take a family out of the South, but you can't take the South out of a family. Jeff Walton was raised in Kansas City, Mo., but grew up eating barbecue influenced by his father's home state of North Carolina. "I would always hang out with my dad at the grill cause that's what little boys did in the '60s," Walton said. "I kind of learned the art of hickory barbecue on a Weber Kettle Grill." Walton's wife, Kim, is from Arkansas and inherited her love of cooking from her mother, whom she called a "really great cook."
ROSEMOUNT — Twelve-year-old Brad Taylor thinks his dad, Ben, is pretty cool, an "All Star" even. So much so that Taylor wrote an essay about his father that won him the title of "Ashok C. Sani All-Star Dad" and an all-expense paid trip to New York City for the family. The award was presented by Esquire Magazine at the 77th annual Father of the Year Awards in New York City on June 11.
One day during high school in 1968, students Jeff Christensen and Jeff Hauschildt were in study hall brainstorming names for the band they were in with John Wellvang and John McKenzie. It was Hauschildt who came up with The Spirit of Jesse Brady; a name that was soon to be big in the local classic rock scene.
On Nicolai Avenue sits the Hastings location of the agricultural equipment and Case IH dealership, Minnesota Ag Group — a street that, coincidentally, shares the name of the company's most dedicated worker. Born and raised in Hampton, Jerry Nicolai began working for the business, then called Bahl's Motor and Implement, on June 16, 1968, two weeks after his high school graduation. Five decades later and he is still happily working for the same company.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino is excited to announce a fun summer lineup to inaugurate its newest performance venue: an outdoor amphitheater. Kevin Smith, who does public relations for Treasure Island, said they hope it will become a major performance venue in the marketplace of outdoor stages. This season there is permanent seating, for example. The first artists to christen the newly outfitted amphitheater will be none other than John Fogerty and ZZ Top on June 29.
Bring your kid to work day takes on a whole new meaning when two professional careers coincide. Alan Blankenship, a captain for Delta Air Lines, has been flying for nearly 34 years. His son, Wes Blankenship, has been a co-pilot for the same airline for almost three years. On May 19, at 5:45 p.m. the father-son duo with Hastings roots flew from Seattle to Amsterdam on a flight the they will never forget.
"What are you doing after graduation?" With the school year coming to a close, high school seniors across the country are being asked this question. At Hastings High School, a record number of graduates will be responding with a commitment to serve their country. Part of this group of rising service members in the class of 2018 are Cody Langhus and Cory Rohloff. Both seniors have familial ties to the Armed Forces and said they were motivated to join by a combined sense of patriotism and duty.
Four students from the Hastings class of 2018 are preparing to speak in front of family, friends, and their 300-plus classmates at their graduation ceremony in Todd Field. Shae Archambault, James Claflin, Hayden Schutt and Joe Zak have been practicing every day after school with Darlene Olson to perfect their speeches. Olson, a retired teacher who has been working with Hastings commencement speakers for years, has been giving them guidance as they work on memorization, oral interpretation and microphone work.