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The Little Log House Pioneer Village, near Hastings, brings antiquity to life. The village is owned and operated by the Bauer family; Steve, Sylvia and their three daughters, Jessie Tuin, Tiffany Lindbeck and Angie Jordaan. According to their website, the village started with a single structure, the Little Log House, made with wood from the 1850s.
Old meets new on a country road running from Miesville to Hastings where, thanks to the dedication of a family, a piece of preserved history stands. The Little Log House Pioneer Village is a restored pioneer town started by Steve and Sylvia Bauer that today contains more than 45 old and restored buildings. While the main event of this "village" is the three-day Little Log House Antique Power Show hosted at the end of July, it is also a favorite venue for many couples to tie the knot.
Every year the North American Fastpitch Association holds a national tournament, bringing young teams from 12 states together to share their love of softball. This year, Cottage Grove has been chosen as host for the girls NAFA 10U Northern Nationals from July 26-29. The tournament's opening ceremony will take place Thursday, July 26, at Park High School's football stadium. For extra fun, the ceremony will include a parade around the track where each team will be introduced while wearing themed costumes. The games themselves take place Thursday through Sunday.
Bring your kid to work day takes on a whole new meaning when two professional careers coincide. Alan Blankenship, a captain for Delta Air Lines, has been flying for nearly 34 years. His son, Wes Blankenship, has been a co-pilot for the same airline for almost three years. On May 19, at 5:45 p.m. the father-son duo with Hastings roots flew from Seattle to Amsterdam on a flight the they will never forget.
In an effort to emphasize the importance of high school attendance and graduation, Washington County students were encouraged to sign the Pledge to Graduate with an incentive of winning a prize. Drawing winners were Tru Aliffi, a student at Skyview Middle School, and Joey Slininger from Park High School. These students were awarded with an iPad and a Jostens class ring. The Washington County attendance policy is a three-level truancy program for students who have had more than three unexcused absences.