THEN: In 1970, members of the Zion Lutheran Church broke ground on a new church and education center far from their small residential church.
The new complex, which would replace the small church and school at 401 S. Denver Ave., created controversy for some who wondered how they could build the new facility in a corn field on Marian Road.
Construction commenced and the church, which included a gym, and school were built. The adjoined building still serves the Zion Lutheran community to this day.
NOW: More than 40 years later, the dream of a separate gymnasium and additional space at the school will soon be a reality.
In July, members of Zion Lutheran Church and school hosted a groundbreaking event for the new performing arts center and gymnasium to be built to the southeast of the existing school.
Longtime church members Marilyn and Harold Kelly of Hastings remember the controversy 45 years ago and said there was some of the same with this new project. The dream of a separate gymnasium has been around as long as the building itself.