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The Hastings Star Gazette has teamed up with Pleasant Hill Library for a project that allows kids grades first through eighth grade to exercise their creativity by writing their own end to a story. Each week through August 14, the story conclusions will be posted at a local business. The community will be able to vote on their favorite, and the winner will be published in the Hastings Star Gazette the following week.
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This week, the Riverfront Renaissance construction project completed most of the surfacing for both the west and east sides of the alley. Part of the alley has been left open so that workers will have access to tie into existing underground facilities. Although mostly paved, the alley remains closed to make room for the work that is left for utility companies. The city and contractors were also able to meet with electricians who will be working to reconnect services to the area's buildings.
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Would you bike 50-plus miles on a hot summer day to help raise money for your community? Some bikers at Alexis Bailly Vineyard Saturday, July 14, completed this task at the vineyard's annual Le Tour du Vin, a benefit that helps raise money for Hastings Family Service. Participants started as early as 7 a.m.to complete their route in time to eat the lunch provided by the vineyard.
HAMPTON—A Hampton restaurant celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony, after burning down last May. On July 3, Eric and Michelle Johnson, owners of what was previously the Naughty Pine, broke ground for their new establishment, Meric's Woodfire Oven and Tavern. The 120-year-old building at 23309 Water St. the burned down in May 2017. "A spark flew up and hit the old wood in the basement," Johnson said. "It lit up like a match." The new restaurant will feature a woodfire oven, Johnson said, adding that "the flame will now burn forever."
Just one week until the 40th Annual Rivertown Days What's different this year? Enjoy being able to take a relaxing stroll on the riverwalk between the carnival and the Art Fair. The carnival, music and food trucks have all been moved to Levee Park, while the Art Fair has been moved to Jaycee Park. "We wanted to utilize our new outdoor pavilion at Levee," Kristy Barse, Chamber president, said. This year features 35 different events around town, many being at participating local businesses.
City of Hastings will become a financial partner with the YMCA and the school district in their diversity initiative. The Hastings City Council voted unanimously Monday, July 9, for the, but only after discussion. The group asked for $19,000 in financial support. The money will be split over two years, adding $9,500 to the budget for 2018 and allocating the other half to the 2019 budget. Although the contribution was approved by all present council members, some expressed concerns that the money should come from elsewhere.
A local organization is doing what it can to make sure that Hastings' students get to the stage in their caps and gowns on time. Americorps' Promise Fellows program works to help kids all over Minnesota have the tools that they need to succeed in school and later on in life. The program, which has been running in Hastings for around 10 years, has been built from the bottom up — originally starting with one Promise Fellow in the schools and are now up to five.
Grab the family and the dog — there is no better way to celebrate the Parks and Recreation Department then by participating in its programs. July is National Parks and Recreation Month. Here is a snapshot of the fun people can have with the Hastings Parks and Recreation department this month: Yoga in the Park Yoga will be held at Levee Park 6-7 p.m. July 9, 16, 23. The class will be led by a Hastings Area YMCA instructor. Bring your yoga towel or mat. Classes are $5 per class. Storytime in the Park