Rubber Band Gang in 1991

February 28, 1991

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So what do you do on a snowy day off from school when you’re homework’s all done?

Well, if you’re like eight Hastings Middle School students recently, and one of your friends has a large supply of rubber bands, you could find some creative purpose in fastening them together to see how long you can make the string.

That’s just what Seth Fair, Andy Bohlken, Brandon Anderson, Steph Schmitt, Caren Nelson, Molly Skoglund, Bryce Hall and Paul Wilson did on their recent President’s Day off from school. They took their rubber band collection up to Westview Mall and made it stretch from Don’s Super Valu door all the way around to the very end of Pamida. It took them several hours to make the connections.

Why? “Why ask why?” responded Molly, borrowing from a contemporary teen-targeted television commercial. The group said they were looking into the Guinness record for the longest rubber band.

King and Queen of Hearts named in 1978

February 16, 1978

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Mary McDonald and John Karpen, Valentine queen and king, danced at the Regina Nursing Home Valentine’s Day party on Tuesday. At the party, residents were entertained, refreshments were served, balloons released, many danced, and students of Hastings Montessori sang. The Montessori students also entertained at Haven Homes earlier in the day.

King and Queen to be Crowned, 1966

The Hastings Gazette, February 3, 1966

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Sno-Frolic royalty will be announced from among 10 senior candidates during coronation ceremonies Monday night. Pictured are queen candidates left to right Cindy Chard, Shelly Chezick, Vickie Koller, and Gerry Moen (Nancy Matz not present). King candidates, Tom Novak, Howie Nelsen, Dave Carey, Gene Molitor, and Dennis Hoffmann.

Snake Thornton needs to watch his diet in 1978

February 9, 1978

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Thornton, the boa constrictor, is somewhat of a pet at the Hastings Junior High School. He’s been recuperating at the owner’s (assistant Junior High Principal Leonard Schwartz) home after his usual meal of a gerbil fought back by biting Thornton and¬†inflicting a large gash in his mouth. Thornton finally swallowed the gerbil, but the gash was hemorrhaging. After being treated by local Veterinarian R. M. Dayton, Thornton is doing fine and was welcomed back Monday by Lisa Zuzek, John Hunt, Steve McMahon, Bentley Benzick, Tim Rubin and Laura Thompson. Thornton is housed during the school year in the seventh grade science room of Erwin Christenson.

Pine Harbor Christian Academy students present Christmas Play in 2005

December 15, 2005

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After months of practice, students at Pine Harbor Christian Academy celebrated the Christmas season with a musical entitled “Meet Me at the Manger.” Kindergartners¬†are pictured performing. They are Alyssa Olson, Leah Steding, Jasmine Callies, Alyssa Padmanabhan, Joey Merrill, Micha Walt and Andrew Hawn. Over 300 parents and friends enjoyed the performance and cookies and punch afterwards.