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HASTINGS -- Grab your favorite know-it-all friends and grab a table. Trivia Mafia has started hosting a weekly trivia night at Spiral Brewery. Trivia Mafia is a big provider of the beloved pastime, hosting over 140 trivia events across the state, and even to venues in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska. "Our team really likes trivia and thinks it's a lot of fun," Jen Fox, part owner of Spiral Brewery, said. "We have played Trivia Mafia in other places and think it is a great organization."
After seven years in business, the Carousel will be going out of business. The boutique shop will officially close on Monday, Dec. 31. "I am not thrilled about it, but it is time," owner Karen Jung said. "It's been an experience, but I am worn out. It's time to make a change." Jung has been a part of the Hastings community for over 30 years, and, along with husband Tom, has played a large part in the revitalization of the downtown area, having purchased some of the buildings and serving on redevelopment committees since the '90s.
Being a 63-year-old with diabetes and arthritis, Hastings resident Mark Laska was amazed to be at the Diamond National Karate Tournament with youngsters flipping through the air — let alone taking home first- and second-place trophies. Genesis, the second-place form, is a combination of sharp movements. Chungi, a traditional first-school form of taekwondo, brought Laska to first place. Going to the tournament, held Oct. 5-6 in Minneapolis, was a big accomplishment, Laska said. Although he won, it wasn't without some struggle and persistence.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an incident where a Hastings police officer fatally shot a suspect Monday evening.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard was awarded with the "Farm Families of the Year" award from the University of Minnesota Extension. The award was presented to Nan Bailly, owner and winemaker, at the Dakota County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4. The award is given out to one farm in each county in Minnesota by the university every year. The program has been around for over 30 years.
Hope you don't get lost! Afton Apple Orchard has announced its 2018 corn maze theme — Bee Amazing. The maze will feature 24 stations of bee and honey-related trivia. "Bees are disappearing and we don't really know why." manager Sarah Parkos said. Afton wants to use this year's maze as an educational tool for their visitors. "People will learn about where our food comes from and the importance of how our crops are able to grow," Parkos said.
The LeDuc Historic Estate travelled back in time Sept. 8 and 9 for Civil War Weekend put on by the Dakota County Historical Society. Community members enjoyed a variety of events and hands-on activities from medical demonstrations to doll making and daily readings of the Gettysburg Address. Due to an increase of funds from sponsors, DCHS was able to add new features to the event such as food trucks and different pricing options for children, students and families.
Move aside, summer. Fall is on its way in, and that means it's apple season. Time to get out into the crisp autumn air and pick your own farm fresh apples. Luckily, Hastings has plenty of apple orchards that offer a wide range of activities for all ages, all of which are now open for business. With so many options, it's hard to choose. Here is a guide to help plan your fall family fun. Afton Apple Orchard Open since mid-August, Afton Apple Orchard has a wide range of activities for people of all ages.
Two Twin Cities residents, one who discovered a handmade boat in the Mississippi River in June, are still looking for the two Hastings residents who made it after months of searching. Ken, who wished to keep his last name anonymous, of Minneapolis, was kayaking the Mississippi River in mid-June when he found a small yellow boat in the backwaters of the river near Red Wing where the Cannon River meets the Mississippi. The boat said "Open Me" on the outside.
A Little Summer Jam, the primary fundraiser for Always Lucy Strong, was held Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Rotary Pavilion in Hastings. Minnesota-based band Porcupine and Kat Perkins of NBC’s “The Voice” fame performed. The Hastings-based nonprofit works to help cover vacation travel expenses for families of those newly diagnosed with ALS. Scroll through photos from the event above.