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RiverTown Multimedia has chosen multimedia sales consultant Colleen Feil to be the new advertising sales manager. Feil has a strong history with the company and the industry, having worked for the Hudson Star Observer about 25 years ago. Then for about 14 years she worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Feil came back in 2017, serving the Woodbury and Cottage Grove markets. "I am looking forward to learning more about each individual community and learning their needs, and working with local businesses," Feil said.
Spring is here, and for many that means seasonal allergies are too. There are many ways to handle itchy eyes, runny nose or uncontrollable sneezing of allergies, both natural or with medication. If you are looking for a natural way to help combat allergies (and aren't scared of needles), some studies show that acupuncture may be worth a try. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a 2015 evaluation of 13 studies showed that acupuncture could help with symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.
Don Bettis raced his first snowmobile at the age of 5. When he was 10 years old, he raced his first motorcycle. The year Bettis turned 13, he started doing mechanical work on cars and two years later, he had his first job in a shop. "My dad was always the type to say if you want something, you better work for it," Bettis, owner of Auto Doctor in Hastings, said. "So if I wanted to ride it, I better be able to fix it." Living in Green Bay, Wis., Bettis worked in many different shops doing mechanical work on motorcycles, cars and snowmobiles.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation held a public open house on Tuesday, April 23 to update Hastings residents on the Highway 316 improvement project. Residents gathered in the lobby at Crossroads Church for a brief presentation from MnDOT that shared the latest draft for the improvements and a new timeline for the project.
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.
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.
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.