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HEDRA practice amendments Hastings City Council voted to make amendments to the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority bylaws, as well as its administration and management practices. The approved changes to the bylaws include a change in the meeting time to 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.
A mere 130 votes separate two candidates for Hastings City Council — fewer than the 195 write-in votes cast. In unofficial results with all nine precincts reporting, Lori Braucks leads with 4,495 votes (33.65 percent) and unofficially has won re-election. Mark Vaughan is second with 4,407 votes (32.99 percent), and Tom Cherney is third with 4,263 votes (31.91 percent).
The River Valley Community Band is kicking off its concert season with a special Veterans Day concert. To make it a special treat for audience members, the band will be performing with the U.S. Army 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Concert Band. The concert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Hastings Middle School auditorium. Everyone is welcome and freewill donations will be accepted. The two bands are coming together to celebrate Veterans Day with a show of patriotism and American heritage according to Dan Retka, the community band treasurer.
Halloween is over and the temperatures are starting to go down. Before you know it, there will be a blanket of white covering the ground. Is your yard ready for the winter? If not, don't fret. The Hastings Star Gazette spoke with Joby Nolan with Precision Landscaping and Construction about how you can best prepare your yard for the cold months to come. Fall yard care:
The final numbers are in. The people of Hastings have chosen Mary Fasbender as their new mayor. In the race for mayor, Fasbender beat out opponent Danna Elling-Schultz with nearly 60 percent of the vote. The numbers reported from the precincts were steady for a majority of the night with Fasbender leading by roughly 20 percentage points.
With the first precincts reporting, mayoral candidate Mary Fasbender is in the lead with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Danna Elling-Schultz trails at 40 percent with over 1,700 votes.
The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Hastings Community TV hosted a candidate forum Oct. 25 that invited candidates for Minnesota state representative, Hastings mayor and Hastings City Council to address their thoughts on state and local issues. Here are their answers, edited for length: At-large City Council What is the biggest challenge facing Hastings, and how would you address it? Candidate Tom Cherney highlighted the city's need for transportation and economic development.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is continuing to investigate the police involved shooting that took place earlier this month, according to an Oct. 30 statement from the City of Hastings. "Per BCA, we anticipate the investigation will be completed and turned over to the Dakota County Attorney's Office in the next 30 days," the statement said. After that, it is unknown how long it will take for the county to make the final determination.
Calling all ghosts and ghouls, witches and wizards. There is a new way to spend your Halloween evening in Hastings. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the streets and businesses of downtown Hastings will transform for the inaugural Downtown Hastings Creepy Candy Crawl hosted by the Downtown Business Association. "I feel there is a lost connection with Halloween," Nathan Kranz of Midwest Realty said. "It feels like kids today will go to a couple of houses in one block and then go to the next neighborhood, and then the next. When I was a kid, we would walk block after block."