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The Hastings Raiders Marching Band took first place at a competition in Rosemount Saturday, Sept. 15. In the second competition, its show, "Stagecoach," competed against five other high school bands. The marching band also took home the awards for "Outstanding Winds," "Outstanding Drumline" and "Outstanding Color Guard." Each was earned by getting the highest score in its class in the specific category. The next competition will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 in Marshall.
The Hastings Police Department received roughly a dozen calls over the weekend of thefts from vehicles. The cars were located in the areas of 31st Street West, Bohlken Drive and 23rd Street West. The thefts occurred between midnight and 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, according to Police Chief Bryan Schafer. "It looks like someone was going through the neighborhood, going through cars, rummaging through glove compartments and consoles," Schafer said. Schafer stated that items taken from the vehicles ranged from purses and iPads to spare change.
The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department has postponed the Wednesday, Sept. 19 Concert in the Park event due to weather concerns. The event, which will feature the horn tribute band, Hornucopia, will now be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park. Admission is free.
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.
Hope you don't get lost! Afton Apple Orchard has announced its 2018 corn maze theme — Bee Amazing. The maze will feature 24 stations of bee and honey-related trivia. "Bees are disappearing and we don't really know why." manager Sarah Parkos said. Afton wants to use this year's maze as an educational tool for their visitors. "People will learn about where our food comes from and the importance of how our crops are able to grow," Parkos said.
The LeDuc Historic Estate travelled back in time Sept. 8 and 9 for Civil War Weekend put on by the Dakota County Historical Society. Community members enjoyed a variety of events and hands-on activities from medical demonstrations to doll making and daily readings of the Gettysburg Address. Due to an increase of funds from sponsors, DCHS was able to add new features to the event such as food trucks and different pricing options for children, students and families.
United Way of Hastings kicked off the school year with its annual Kick-Off campaign Friday, Sept. 7. Volunteers stood at the gates of Todd Field to collect donations as Hastings Raiders fans filled in the bleachers for the first home football game of the season. The Kick-Off campaign also set up shop at the gates of the Rivertown Live! event, which featured '80s and '90s rock tribute band, Hairball. In total, UWH was able to collect roughly $250 in donations for the Food4Kids program.
Health Solutions Center raised $2,500 for Hastings elementary schools with their annual Kids Day school supplies fundraiser. The fourth annual Kids Day was held Aug. 28 and 29, with around 100 people in attendance. "The weather wasn't on our side, but we had a good turnout," Dr. Scott Millner of Millner Chiropractic said. The main festival event, held Tuesday, Aug. 28, featured a dunk tank, massages, haircuts Green Mill pizza and more.
Move aside, summer. Fall is on its way in, and that means it's apple season. Time to get out into the crisp autumn air and pick your own farm fresh apples. Luckily, Hastings has plenty of apple orchards that offer a wide range of activities for all ages, all of which are now open for business. With so many options, it's hard to choose. Here is a guide to help plan your fall family fun. Afton Apple Orchard Open since mid-August, Afton Apple Orchard has a wide range of activities for people of all ages.
Wallin 18th and 17th Additions The council unanimously voted to table the the approval of the preliminary and final plat of the Wallin 18th Addition. Roughly 20 residents and homeowners of the Wyndham Hills neighborhood, a previous Wallin project, showed up pleading to the council to not pass the final plat of the Wallin 18th Addition. Curtis Gerrits, a homeowner in Wyndham Hills, lead a petition with 44 signatures asking that the plat be denied.