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Next week, the Hastings Arts Center will host two events around world-class pianist, Mariki Bournaki. Bournaki is the subject of a documentary, "I am not a Rockstar," directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, that follows her early life as a pianist. HAC will be showing the film on Friday, April 26. The next day, Bournaki will perform at the HAC. Bournaki has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old. Her interest was sparked when her father, a violinist, and his piano accompanist would play music at their family home in Montreal, Canada.
ST. PAUL — State Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, is working on legislation to help replenish the state's Disaster Assistance Contingency Account, according to a statement released March 11 by the Minnesota House of Representatives. The account currently sits empty after flooding events in Brainerd and Duluth last year. The bill would put $20 million from both the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years toward the account.
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.
The breast cancer diagnosis came for Melissa Black, a second grade teacher and mother of two, on July 31, 2018. Both Black and her husband Charlie had a hard time finding a word that captured what they were feeling at the time. "It's a call you don't want to get. It's not what we wanted the pathology report to show, and a lot changed very quickly," Black said.
The founder of the Langenfeld Foundation, Paul Langenfeld, has been chosen to speak at the Points of Light National Conference in St. Paul in June. The Points of Light organization was started by President George H.W. Bush to recognize volunteers across the nation who are making a difference in their communities.
The temperatures may be dropping, but don't forget it's still important to get some fresh air. With a large number of parks, as well as public skating rinks in the area, there are many ways to get outside. Here are some special events in the Hastings area to help get you, your friends or your family off the couch and into the brisk air this January. What: Live Music Series at Mad Jaxx Where: Welch Village When: Saturdays at 4 p.m.
It takes a lot of perseverance to continue giving back when life throws you for a loop — or two, in the case of Hastings resident Corrie Rezachek. Rezachek, who would rather be known as "a lovely old lady over 30," instead of her age, started making hats for people in need four years ago after she became a long-term resident at Augustana Care in Hastings. A former resident of Cottage Grove, Rezachek began giving back to the community to fill free time when her children grew up. She spent many hours volunteering for her church and at various thrift stores.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom found police officer Geoffrey Latsch was legally justified in the shooting death of Hastings resident Keagan Johnson-Lloyd, according to a news release Dec. 19, 2018.. In the determination, Backstrom said "the use of deadly force by a peace officer is justified to protect the officer or another person from death or great bodily harm. Here, Officer Latsch subjective belief was objectively reasonable under the circumstances present at the time of this incident."
Knitters and crocheters rejoice! A new yarn shop opened in Hastings over Thanksgiving weekend. Muse2320 Fiber Co. officially opened for business Saturday, Nov. 24 at 113 E. Second St. Suite 103. The shop sells patterns, kits, embroidery supplies, yarn and soon to include a special Muse2320 line. The cozy shop, nestled between United Way of Hastings and El Mexican, has been a long time coming for owner Sara Lawrence and her husband Bob. The couple has always known that a shop would be in their future.
HAMPTON — A Hampton restaurant is open after burning down last year. Meric's Woodfired Oven and Tavern, previously known as the Naughty Pine, celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 19 after burning down in May 2017. The owners, Eric and Michelle Johnson, announced their new plan for the business and broke ground this past July. "It's been great — a big change. Having the food be the main focus has been a big change," Eric Johnson said.