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The City of Hastings will hold an open house at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at City Hall to unveil its Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan for the city's right of ways. The ADA Transition Plan is being put in place to make the city's sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and parking lots compliant with the standards put forth by the ADA in 1990. The open house will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the city's plans, as well as share their opinions on what the city could do to make pedestrian facilities more accessible for those with disabilities.
Dunn Brothers in Hastings is one of over 60 locations potentially hit by a data breach that took place during the month of January, according to a press release distributed by the coffee shop’s business partner, North Country Business Products, Inc. North Country caught wind of suspicious activity in some networks on Jan. 4. A hired third-party forensic investigator found that someone used malware to collect debit and credit card information Jan. 3-24.
State Rep. Tony Jurgens announced in a press release Friday, Feb. 15, that he, along with a group of co-authors, wrote legislation to renovate and preserve Hastings City Hall. The City Hall building, which used to serve as the Dakota County courthouse, is the second-oldest county courthouse in the state.
City Council held a public hearing on the 2019 Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Project. The year's improvement project will aim to reclaim and reconstruct roads in two areas of town. The first area covers some roads east of the Hastings Golf Club to Pine Street, and the second area covers some roads south of the Vermillion River and west of Cannon Street. The goals of the project are to improve curbs, drainage where necessary and address utility issues, as well as replace cracking pavement.
As part of Hastings Reads, members of the Hastings Police Department met with students at Hastings High School on Monday, Feb. 11, for hour-long "Circle Conversations" that allowed students to ask officers questions and talk with them about what is on their minds, a press release from the department said. Over 50 students joined in on the session. Students asked officers questions about traffic stop protocol, media bias, challenges, ethics and other job-related issues.
With an avid gardener for a father and a botanist for a mother, Paul Morlock was born into the world of plants. On Jan. 15, the long-time Hastings resident and business owner was inducted into the Minnesota Nurseries and Landscaping Association Hall of Fame. Morlock has been involved with MNLA since the 1970s, volunteering his time as a board member and serving as the organization's president for two years. During his time serving MNLA, Morlock advocated for continuing education for all nurseries, new and old.
Hastings Mayor Mary Fasbender gave the 2019 State of the City address to a filled banquet room at Hastings Golf Club on Feb. 6. After lunch, the State of the City presentation kicked off with with a video highlighting the city's successes in 2018, including: multiple infrastructure and development projects, new programs in the Hastings Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Department, and the start of the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Initiative.
Ever play Vingo? This fun mix of music videos and bingo can be found at Pub 55 in Hastings every Friday. The bar and restaurant, located at 880 Bahls Drive, was purchased by Caitlen Wernimont and her team last May. In an effort to make the hard to see location more recognizable, the name, previously Wyatt's Twisted Americana, was changed to Pub 55 this past fall. Other than giving the business a fresh take, the name was purposefully shortened to increase visibility from the road, Wernimont said. The bar has been a neighborhood establishment since the 1980s.
When the opportunity to write her own stage adaptation of "The Scarlet Letter" came up while working with a theater company in the 1990s, Hastings resident Kelli Tatum couldn't refuse. "It was always my favorite book in high school. The artistic director — I had probably been talking about if for 10 years — said to me, 'I put it on this season so you better write it,'" Tatum said. Now, with the members of (lumin)theater lab, it is coming to the stage in Hastings.
Starting this February, Dakota Pines Golf Club and Rudy's at the Pines will both bear new names and a new message. Soon to be Hastings Golf Club and Events and Hastings Public House will be a community meeting place for things golf, and non-golf, related. After taking ownership of the club in November, Nicole Sindelar eagerly agreed with the building's leaser that it is time to freshen up the place and try something new.