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Museum and Library to expand public access

The Hastings Museum and Hastings Public Library are planning to expand public hours as the health department’s risk dial continues to drop. Beginning on March 1, the museum will be open to the public during the following hours: Wednesday 1-5 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m. The…

Hastings mask policy extension put on hold

The Hastings City Council vote to suspend the council rules and immediately adopt an amended citywide mask policy failed on Monday evening. The council voted 5-1 to approve the amended policy, which required only a simple majority to pass. However, when voting to suspend the rules to have the policy take effect immediately, a 3/4 majority of all elected…

Final housing study report presented to city council

Marvin Planning Consultants presented the Hastings Housing Needs Assessment to the Hastings City Council at a worksession on Thursday evening. The citywide housing assessment was funded in the summer of 2019 by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority. In January 2020, the community engagement portion of the housing assessment began with community…

Parks and Recreation Department to host job fair

The City of Hastings Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a job fair to meet prospective employees for its summer seasonal employment opportunities. The job fair will be held at the City Auditorium from 1-3 p.m. on March 7. The department will offer a variety of seasonal positions, many with age restrictions as low as age 15. Positions available…

Utilities Department halts rolling blackouts

The City of Hastings Utilities Department has halted the rolling blackouts across the city, but residents are encouraged to continue energy conservation efforts over the next day to avoid the need for such measures again. Early Tuesday morning, the Utilities Department was asked to dramatically reduce its energy consumption by the Southwest Power Pool,…