Hastings Happenings - April 19-26, 2021

Hastings, Minnesota Things to Do: Events, food, specials and community highlights

Community Events

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Available at Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings

If you are still looking for a vaccination appointment or know of someone in the Hastings area who is struggling to find an appointment, Dakota County Public Health is holding a vaccination clinic at Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 27.

You can use the links below to sign up for an appointment:

Appointments on Tuesday, April 20:

Appointments on Tuesday, April 27:

Dakota County Public Health is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments based on state guidelines. For available appointment times, check our COVID-19 Vaccine page:

If you haven't yet received a vaccination for COVID-19, things are now much easier. Effective NOW - all Minnesotans 16 and older are eligible to get their shots! To learn where vaccinations are being given, more information is available here:


Three New United Way of Hastings Board Members Announced

The United Way of Hastings (UWH) welcomes Christopher Domingos, Robert McDowell, and Sarah Osterberg to the Board of Directors.

Christopher “Chris” Domingos has worked in the Nuclear Industry for more than 20 years and joined Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in 2018 as its Site Vice President.

Prior to his nuclear career, he served in the Naval Reserves as an officer in the Merchant Marine Individual Ready Reserve Group. Chris is an avid golfer, skier, scuba diver, and Tom Brady fan.

Chris is looking forward to continuing and strengthening Xcel Energy’s great partnership with the UWH as a member of its board and serving the Hastings community together.

Robert “Bob” McDowell, PhD, may be familiar to some in the community as he is the Hastings Independent School District Superintendent.

In addition, Bob has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership, a Specialist degree in Educational Administration, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education. Bob continues adjunct work for Bethel, St. Catherine’s, and St Mary’s Universities as well as serving 10 years in the National Guard.

Bob’s introduction to his first year at Hastings Schools was dealing with the pandemic. His 25 years in multiple roles across metro school districts have helped prepare him for his role as Hastings Superintendent.

Sarah Osterberg’s ties to the Hastings area began with her parents, Brad Brozik, a Hastings High School graduate, and Kathy Siewert Brozik, growing up in Red Wing. At college, Sarah met Hastings native, Mike Osterberg, whom she married in 2017. Sarah and Mike settled in Hastings in 2018 and Sarah began working as a Commercial Loan Officer at Premier Banks in Hastings.

Sarah and Mike will be adding to their family with the birth of their first child in June. She joins the UWH Board as its Treasurer.

“Chris, Bob, and Sarah will bring strong decision-making skills to the UWH Board,” said Mari E. Mellick, CAE, Executive Director. “They will help implement UWH’s new vision plan as UWH partners with the Hastings School District, Communities in Schools Twin Cities, and other local organizations to impact youth and families in our area.”

The UWH is an independent United Way that has worked for nearly 60 years serving Hastings and the surrounding rural communities within Independent School District #200. Its mission is to build partnerships to improve the lives of people in our community. For more information and to donate, visit


Support Animal Ark this month!

HAPPY APRIL! This month, Hastings Happenings is raising money on our Facebook page for ANIMAL ARK - our local no-kill animal shelter. For more information and their hours of operation, please visit:

HASTINGS HAPPENINGS thanks you for your support so far this year of Lewis House and the United Way of Hastings. Let us know about other non-profits you would like us to support in 2021!


Coming to the Pleasant Hill Library: An Intro to E-books and Digital Collections

Thursday, April 29 from 7–8 p.m. - a Zoom virtual event

Learn about the library's free digital collections on Libby, Hoopla, E-books Minnesota and more. Explore how to search for topics, browse reading lists, and see what’s available from your favorite authors. Find out how to check out and use e-books, troubleshoot common technology issues and get your questions answered. Registration required. Geared for adults.

Register here:


Live music and national Country music acts coming to Hastings on Sept. 11 - Enjoy live music on the Hastings riverfront this September when "Rivertown Live!" makes its triumphant return. All proceeds go to the United Heroes League organization. Great music for a great cause - and tickets are now on sale. Tell your friends to check out Hastings! Buy tickets here:


Great news! - The Hastings Downtown Business Association and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau are planning for the return of the historic Hastings Car Shows this summer.

Parks and Recreation

GREAT NEWS! The Hastings Family Aquatics Center will open this year and swimming lessons will resume! Online Swimming Lesson Registration is now underway. Register online at The pool will open for the 2021 season on Sunday, June 6, 12-5 p.m. for a Family/Floatie Swim!

Swimming lessons at the Hastings YMCA are filling up fast! The Y offers a nationally recognized swimming curriculum for kids and adults alike to help participants to be comfortable and safe, both in and around water! Sign up today in a location near you - or learn more online here:


Referees needed! - The City of Hastings Parks & Recreation Department is looking for adult softball umpires for the adult leagues. Prior experience playing or umpiring softball/baseball is preferred. Games are played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Park. Leagues run May – July. Referees can work nights that fit into their schedule. Pay is $26/game. If interested, please email:


The City of Hastings is still accepting applications for full-time Parks and Recreation Seasonal Workers. This is a great opportunity to work outdoors in our beautiful parks this spring and summer. Apply at


Register for Hastings softball and volleyball season! A friendly reminder to register your adult sand volleyball and softball teams. Games will start the first week of May. Register online at


Quaint & Quirky - located downtown at 216 2nd St. E., is hosting a succulent plant event on Saturday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Did you know succulents are known to purify the air and add oxygen to the environment? Take advantage of those benefits and continue your spring cleaning with planting a succulent with Quaint and Quirky! Pick your plant and pot (or bring your own!) and we will provide the soil and top dressing. Plants are priced $5-10 and pots are $6-25. Have a favorite pot? Bring it along and the cost will be $10 for the succulent and soil.


Join the inaugural Eagle Watch Bike Tour, a family-friendly bike event on the Point Douglas Trail! The Point Douglas Trail is a unique biking trail along the Mississippi River that connects Hastings, MN and Prescott, WI. Enjoy biking this 3.5 mile trail, spotting eagles and exploring two historic downtowns on Saturday, May 8!

This event is hosted by The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & The Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Carpenter Nature Center, The City of Hastings and Great River Road Visitors and Learning Center at Freedom Park.


Save the Monarchs! - Make this Earth Day (Thursday, April 22) one to remember by saving our monarch butterfly! Whether you're celebrating with friends, family or planning a company event, planting milkweed is a great way to give back to our planet. Join us! Learn more here:


Celebrate Arbor Day! Volunteer with the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department and plant a tree in celebration of Arbor Day! Friday, May 14th, 1– 2:30 p.m. at C.P. Adams Park, Hastings. Call 651-480-6182 or contact to volunteer. Please bring work gloves and a pointed shovel or garden rake. Meet at the parking lot off 18th St. - City of Hastings


Do grocery stores really recycle plastic bags? Yes! Grocery stores that place collection bins for plastic bags do recycle them. Plastic bags and other plastic films are then sent to recycling companies to be turned into outdoor decking, railing, park benches, and picnic tables. -- post courtesy Dakota County


Hastings Restaurants and Bars

Here are links to our favorite Hastings restaurants and bars:

Lock and Dam Eatery:

Fireside Social House:

The Onion Grille:


Spiral Brewery:

Pub 55:

Me & Julio:


The Busted Nut:


Hastings Public House:

2nd Street Depot Bar and Grill:

Green Mill:

Yuan's Buffet:

Las Margaritas:

El Mexican:

Hastings American Legion:


Wiederholt's Supper Club:


Pizza Hut:




Spiral Pizza:

Border Nutrition:

Public Safety

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is looking for good women and men to join our team. We are currently accepting applications for Correctional Deputies. The ideal candidate will have excellent character, strong ethics, great people skills and be self-motivated.

If you are looking for more than just a job, look no further. As a Correctional Deputy working in the Dakota County Jail, you will have many opportunities to gain knowledge and experience beyond your regular duties. You can work toward becoming a Field Training Officer or a member of the Dive team, Honor Guard or Jail Special Response Team. There are numerous other positions to fit nearly any interest.

The common denominator for a progressive, innovative and professional agency is the employee. Come work for an agency that values you, your skills and diversity. To apply:

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