Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.
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Jack Caturia has been named the Hastings Rotary Student of the Month for November 2017. Caturia was recognized at the Nov. 9 Hastings Rotary Club breakfast meeting at the Green Mill. Caturia has a 3.92 GPA and takes many AP classes. He is captain of the alpine ski team and is involved with football, track and field, trap shooting, chess club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Caturia is described as a self-starter with a great work ethic. In a nomination letter, someone wrote that he is a good decision-maker and problem-solver.
About 800 Food4Kids weekend food bags for students were packed over the weekend as part of the United Way of Hastings Acts of Kindness Week. "It all started from just the thought of how can you be kind this week," said Mari Mellick, executive director of United Way of Hastings. With so much negativity in the world, Mellick said, the state's United Way organizations decided to implement an Acts of Kindness Week to focus on the good. The Hastings organization decided to highlight just one of their initiatives during the week, which was Food4Kids.
The Hastings High School Music Department presented Jazz and the Winds Nov. 16 in the HHS auditorium. The concert featured the Hastings High School Jazz Ensembles and Concert Bands. The performances were directed by Jim Jacobsen and Duane Oldham. The Varsity Band, Jazz II, Concert Band, Jazz I and Wind Ensemble performed a variety of music for the audience.
A new church is coming to Hastings with the intention of bringing a movement and a place for community. Crossroads Church, located at 225 33rd St. W., will open Dec. 3 for the first worship services at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Crossroads is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church of America (ECC). It is the church's fourth campus location with others located in Woodbury, Eagan and Cottage Grove. The pastor at the church is Tim Stanley, the former director of Young Life in Hastings. He said that he hopes the church will make a great impact on the community.
Gobble Gait will celebrate 20 years of raising money to benefit Hastings Family Service with the 2K and 8K races this upcoming Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23. Since starting Gobble Gait in 1998, it has raised $1.4 million for Hastings Family Service. "I remember it like it was yesterday," said Mary Fasbender, Gobble Gait organizer. "It was a beautiful day ... and there was just 400 casual people going out for a walk."
Target may have announced that the Hastings store will be closing in February 2018, but the Hastings Chamber of Commerce is trying to reverse the decision. "We're still fighting," said Kristy Barse, president of the Hastings Chamber of Commerce. The chamber does not know if there is anything that can be done to keep the store open, but they have taken a few steps to try.
The Hastings High School Theater Department performed Moliere's "The Miser" Nov. 10-12. The play is a five-act comedy that was first performed in 1668. The plot revolves around love and money. The miser Harpagon wants his daughter Elise to marry a wealthy old man, but she is in love with Valere. Harpagon wants to marry a young woman named Marianne, who his son Cleante wishes to marry. Cast Harpagon-The Miser, Will Sorg Elise, Elsie Kopp Cleante, Jack Raway Valere, Trevor Zeyen Marianne, McKayla Kielas Anselme, Sam Nutter,
The 2017 Give to the Max Day is slated for Thursday, Nov. 16. The day is an opportunity for Minnesotans to show their support for their favorite nonprofit organizations and schools. Give to the Max Day is a 24-hour charitable giving competition. Donors are asked to give to their favorite Minnesota charities and the nonprofits that receive the most dollars will be awarded an extra grant from giveMN.org.
The (lumin) theater lab will present Scriptease Nov. 16-17 at Fireside Social House at 7 p.m. Scriptease is a little different from a typical theater production. There is no director and for some of the actors, there is no script. "It's an actor's nightmare," said Kelli Tatum, producer of Scriptease. There is no one plotline or story. The show will consist of several 6-8 minute scenes performed by pairs. One person will have a script and the other person will have to improvise. The first actor will read the line that is on the designated script.
Hidden Greens Golf Course broke ground Oct. 24 for their new banquet facility that is scheduled to open in fall of 2018. The event hall will offer seating for up to 300 people with a view of the golf course. "It's something we get to share this place with people year round instead of just a niche of golfers," said Denise Dodge, general manager of Hidden Greens.