2019 seemed filled with extremes
Projects that were years in the making moved decisively forward this year. Major infusions in affordable housing and quality health care for Hastings that occurred this year will come to fruition in 2020 with bricks and mortar from housing in Hastings to a state-of-the-art surgical center. Weather woes - heavy snow, severe cold and flooding that plagued lakeside homeowners and drenched farmfields - required costly interventions. Health concerns caused by a mosquito-borne disease prompted major changes in normal school and community activities that inconvenienced many area residents. The local business community continued to evolve. These stories touched on the key events of the year as voted on by Hastings Banner staff.