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Hastings, Minnesota is a historic river town. They consistently strive to preserve their small town charm. Take a drive to Hastings, being in direct shot of the Twin Cities, the trip is relatively convenient.
The City of Hastings offers many recreational opportunities, a budding arts scene, a historic downtown, and a great selection of restaurants and businesses, over 30 city parks, an aquatic center, boating, fishing, kayaking, plenty of trails to explore, and a dog park for their furry residents or visitors.
The Rivertown Dog Park, located at 851 10th Street East, is maintained by the city of Hastings. A fun and safe place for both dogs and their owners. With nearby highway linkages, Hastings has evolved into a suburb of the Twin Cities but retains its small town, river town characteristics.
Schools The City of Hastings is serviced by Hastings Public School District #200, a highly rated, public school district located in Hastings, MN. It has 4,562 students in grades PK – 12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1.
History of Hastings
From its early beginnings, Hastings was shaped by its surrounding geography & water resources. Located at the junction of the St. Croix & Mississippi Rivers, with the nearby Vermillion River Falls to provide water power, Hastings was a shipping and milling center for many years. With a deep water harbor, steamboats could unload goods & passengers easily. There are several bridges in Hastings, Minnesota the swing RR bridge was one of the first iron RR bridges in the state, the unique Spiral Bridge over the Mississippi River. s largest ethnic group, the Germans. The surrounding farmland provided incentive for generations of immigrants, and many of our farms continue today as Century Farms. Serving as Dakota County Seat, Hastings offered its citizens many amenities from opera houses, an early library system, several health care facilities, an extensive parks system, numerous churches and public and private educational choices, include post-secondary opportunities.