Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cub Foods shopping center sold to Ohio firm

From today's StarTribune:


Hastings Marketplace sold
A Cincinnati-based real estate investment firm recently acquired a Hastings retail complex that includes a Cub-anchored mall and a building formerly occupied by Panera Bread.
A business entity of Phillips Edison paid $15.9 million for Hastings Marketplace on Hwy. 55, according to a certificate of real estate value filed with the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The seller was an entity connected with St. Paul-based Madison Equities.
The Panera cafe had operated for 10 years but before closing in August. A representative of the St. Louis-based chain said the lease had expired and that the company chose not to renew it.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A perspective about Allina from a nurse at Regina

Did you know that nurses at Regina are working without a contract? Here's a perspective from a Hastings nurse about some of Allina's recent tactics.

Blog post about Regina: http://mnablog.com

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hastings Community Survey - Please share your thoughts!

Please take few moments to answer questions on a short Hastings Community Survey. 

It's an excellent opportunity to gauge your impressions of our community, what you think are the best parts of living in Hastings, and what you believe could make it better. 

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Who's up for Gobble Gait this Thanksgiving?

Gobble Gait is a great Hastings tradition. It's fun, and it's for a good cause - Hastings Family Service. Check it out!

www.GobbleGait.com

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Congratulations to Hastings School Board winners!

The Greater Hastings community was truly lucky this year to have five excellent candidates running for the District 200 School Board. While the turnout was a bit low - after all, it's an off-year election - the residents of Hastings and surrounding townships had the luxury of knowing that each candidate on the ballot would perform well if elected.

The three candidates winning election - Angie McGinnis, Dan Cater, and Scott Gergen - are clearly qualified, committed and will be valuable assets to our community in the coming four years. The remaining two candidates that were not elected - Herman Fasbender and Russ Rohloff - have records of involvement that will continue despite not becoming part of the school board.

Hastings can be proud that such folks decided to put themselves out there on the campaign trail on behalf of our children. May their upcoming terms be successful and may Hastings benefit from their service.

-- Tom Bullington, Hastings

Friday, September 27, 2013

Catching up a bit with Hastings news: Signs, School Board and Streetcar Named Desire

A few of the Hastings news highlights from the past few weeks:

Jake's Liquor keeps on violating sign ordinance.
The battle between the City of Hastings and Jake's Discount Liquor continues. There has been ample news coverage in print and television on this story, but the bottom line is this. The city is simply enforcing the sign ordinance, which puts limits on temporary signage. It's long past time for the giant arrow in the back of a pickup truck, covered with tacky liquor sale banners, to come down.

Hastings gave this individual - who has questionable past business practices - a second chance when they let him open a liquor store within city limits. It's not surprising that he is now in clear, open violation of the sign ordinance.

Hastings School District board vacancies filled, election approaches.
When Dan Greil announced earlier this year that he would be moving out of the district and would need to resign from the Hastings School Board, it not only created an opening on the board, but presented the school board with a decision.

Would they simply appoint someone without taking public applications (as happened with the Hastings City Council earlier this year), or would they instead ask members of the public to place their names into consideration. They wisely chose the latter, and received SEVEN applications from interested citizens.

In a unique twist, the board chose Teresa Moes to serve the two years remaining in Greil's term. Moes submitted her name for consideration, just like the other six applicants, and then actually had to resign as the remaining board members voted to appoint her. Teresa has, and will continue, to do an excellent job on the board. But it was refreshing to see the school board to engage the public and solicit applications, even if they ended up selecting the presumptive appointee. This is the only point I was making 10 months ago when the council opening came up. School Board 1, City Council 0.

So, what happens to the remaining three months in Teresa's former term? One of the other six applicants for the position, Gordon Gathright, was appointed to this seat for the remainder of 2013. This seat will then be filled following the November election, and that new board member will be sworn in next January.

It's odd that Gathright's appointment was not covered in the StarGazette.

The candidates on the November ballot are (in order they filed for office): Scott Gergen, Russ Rohloff, Dan Cater, Herman Fasbender, and Angie McGinnis. Cater and McGinnis are incumbents. The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Hastings School District to place levy renewal on ballot this November. 
The district needs to renew this levy, which was originally approved in 2005. Common sense, folks.

Hastings New Bridge Theatre receives positive coverage in metro press
This article in a recent edition of the StarTribune was great to see. New Bridge is currently putting on "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams.

We're impressed with the quality of stage performances available in recent years here in Hastings. Between the New Bridge Theatre and Black Dirt Theater companies, our city is quickly becoming a booming location for live performances - from theater to music to the arts.

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-- Tom Bullington, Hastings


Friday, September 13, 2013

Congrats to SEAS teachers who received educational grants!

Nice article in the Hastings StarGazette this week about several teachers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) school being awarded grants totaling $17,000.

SEAS teachers recognized include:

Barb Laumeyer, Anne Burns, Emily Chandler, Clara Schultz, Camille Nelson, Teri Hunter, Kaitlin Becker, Diane Talley, Kathy Gleich and Erin Krell.

SEAS school is located at 600 Tyler St. in Hastings. The school's website is: http://schoolweb.seasparish.org

Hear of something happening in Hastings that you would like us to investigate? Have a good story idea?

Please email us or comment below. We are dedicated to covering items that you want to hear about, not simply what someone else wants you to focus on. We also believe that a balance of positive, "feel good" news, and an honest look at community issues that may be controversial on occasion, are equal parts of true journalism.

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-- Tom Bullington, Hastings