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49 years of success: Hastings family founded Afton Alps on hard work

Just over 49 years ago, three farmers from Hastings took a risk. They built a ski area on a hill near Afton, opening with just a couple rope tows and 37 skiers on their first day, Dec. 21, 1963.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/29/2013

Caring for the abused in Cambodia: Led by faith, Krista Allgor volunteers to help victims of sex trafficking, slavery

It’s not always easy for Krista Allgor to talk about what she’s seen in Cambodia. Families that can’t afford food. Children working in factories to help pay their parents’ debts. Teachers asking for bribes just so they can support themselves. Parents subjecting their children to sex trafficking.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/28/2013

Initial Hudson redevelopment plans disappoint: Concepts included residential, hotel and banquet space

It looks like it will be a while yet before the former Hudson building in downtown Hastings is redeveloped. Last Thursday, the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority, which owns the building, reviewed three redevelopment concept plans for the building, but none of them were particularly attractive to commissioners present. Only Pam Holzem, Ron Toppin and Anthony Alongi were at the meeting. Because there was no quorum, the meeting was held as a workshop and no formal action was taken.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/22/2013

Osberg's final day as city administrator is Friday

In March of 1989, Dave Osberg took a new job. He had been working in St. James when the city administrator position in Hastings opened up. City Hall had a much different dynamic back then. There was significant unrest in the council prior to Osberg’s hiring, and it continued in some measure into the first part of his career here. Anyone who came into his position would have had a tough time, Osberg said.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/21/2013

Communication lacking during snow emergency: More than 130 vehicles cited, 25 towed in March 4 snowfall

In early March, an overnight snowstorm meant an unpleasant surprise for Hastings resident Jane Snyder. Weather reports had been predicting snow, so Snyder watched the news to see if there were going to be any school closings or snow emergencies. Seeing none, she figured she would just have to get up early to clear the vehicle off before going to work.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/21/2013

Youth development project under way

A new initiative to help support Hastings youth is under way. Helping Kids Succeed – The Hastings Way is a project aimed at creating a web of support for youth, helping them be more successful in their lives and education.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/18/2013

New program focuses on Hastings’ health

A new program at Regina Medical Center is working to help improve Hastings residents’ general health. A Healthier Hastings 4 All (AH-HA) will offer health assessments, screenings and follow-ups; community health challenges, activities and events; promotion and support of community health efforts; and a community health needs assessment.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/15/2013

Council votes unanimously to open administrator position

The Hastings City Council agreed with the administrative committee’s recommendation to seek applicants for the soon-to-be-vacant city administrator position.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/07/2013

Valley Chevrolet gets a facelift

Hastings’ local Chevrolet dealer has a new look. Work to rebuild the main portion of the dealership is nearly finished. Crews started gutting the old showroom, which was the original 1985 construction, last August. The old showroom was razed, leaving only the automotive service department standing last fall. Work has been under way over the past fall and winter.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/07/2013

Hastings native launches eBay, Craigslist alternative

Hastings native Jeff Rowe just might have the next big thing. On Feb. 1, he launched Okanjo Partners Inc., (okanjo.com) a website that combines the local side of Craigslist with the instant purchase power of eBay and adds to it a way to be charitable.

The Hastings Star-Gazette, 03/01/2013

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