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HAMPTON — A Hampton restaurant is open after burning down last year. Meric's Woodfired Oven and Tavern, previously known as the Naughty Pine, celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 19 after burning down in May 2017. The owners, Eric and Michelle Johnson, announced their new plan for the business and broke ground this past July. "It's been great — a big change. Having the food be the main focus has been a big change," Eric Johnson said.
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.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an incident where a Hastings police officer fatally shot a suspect Monday evening.
Move aside, summer. Fall is on its way in, and that means it's apple season. Time to get out into the crisp autumn air and pick your own farm fresh apples. Luckily, Hastings has plenty of apple orchards that offer a wide range of activities for all ages, all of which are now open for business. With so many options, it's hard to choose. Here is a guide to help plan your fall family fun. Afton Apple Orchard Open since mid-August, Afton Apple Orchard has a wide range of activities for people of all ages.
Two Twin Cities residents, one who discovered a handmade boat in the Mississippi River in June, are still looking for the two Hastings residents who made it after months of searching. Ken, who wished to keep his last name anonymous, of Minneapolis, was kayaking the Mississippi River in mid-June when he found a small yellow boat in the backwaters of the river near Red Wing where the Cannon River meets the Mississippi. The boat said "Open Me" on the outside.
Take a trip into the past or find a unique new piece at the flea market. The Little Log House Pioneer Villages is hosting its 28th Antique Power Show. The show will last from July 27-29, and will host a wide variety of activities for families and antique hunters alike. The grounds are located off Highway 61 between Hastings and Miesville Each day will feature a pancake breakfast put on by St. Joseph Catholic Church, a tractor parade and a large flea market and craft fair. Several food vendors will be available throughout the day as well as live music.
HAMPTON—A Hampton restaurant celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony, after burning down last May. On July 3, Eric and Michelle Johnson, owners of what was previously the Naughty Pine, broke ground for their new establishment, Meric's Woodfire Oven and Tavern. The 120-year-old building at 23309 Water St. the burned down in May 2017. "A spark flew up and hit the old wood in the basement," Johnson said. "It lit up like a match." The new restaurant will feature a woodfire oven, Johnson said, adding that "the flame will now burn forever."