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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Hastings-area voters approved District 200's two-question referendum in the Tuesday election. The district asked the community to approve a $49.5 million bond and an operating levy worth $1.3 million a year. The bond passed with 66 percent of votes, while the levy garnered nearly 62 percent. Funds from the bond will be made available to update the district facilities. Five areas were included in the bond including safety and security, deferred maintenance, 21st century learning, community shared spaces and technology.
Scott Gergen, Dave Pemble and Kelsey Waits won seats on the Hastings School Board in Tuesday's election. They were among five candidates for three four-year term seats. Peter Blissenbach ran unopposed for a special election and will serve on the board for two years. Gergen garnered 26.37 percent of the votes, Pemble came in with 22.77 percent and Waits had 20.82 percent.
Hastings Young Life celebrated 10 years in the community at their banquet celebration Oct. 30. While the Hastings nonprofit is only a decade old, the Young Life organization has been around since the 1940s. It began in Texas as a club with an emphasis on showing kids that faith in God can be not only fun, but exhilarating and life changing. The club's vision is to introduce kids to Jesus, help them grow in their faith and have fun while doing it. There are about 200 Hastings students who participate in Young Life throughout the year.
A new Hastings amenity recently opened in town by the name of Just Sit Sala. The new business located at 1303 South Frontage Road in Suite 261 is a place of meditation and contemplation. Owner Rob Ring said that the business was named after advice from the Tibetan sage Milarepa. When students asked how to progress in their meditation, Milarepa told them to "just sit."
The new Allina Health Hastings Clinic, located at 1880 N. Frontage Road, is slated to open Nov. 6, replacing the First Street Clinic location. "The new clinic is part of a $63 million investment Allina Health has made in the Hastings community," said Tom Thompson, president of Regina Hospital. The new clinic is located a mile and a half from Regina Hospital. It will house 36 providers and 140 support staff members, including lab and X-ray technicians, clinical assistants, nurses and business office staff.
The Hastings City Council has approved the final plat and site plan for an 89-unit apartment building in the Glendale Heights neighborhood. The building will be built on a 4.74-acre parcel of land located north of Eagle Pointe Apartments on Voyageur Parkway. The construction of the apartment building will provide housing for over 100 residents. "We have a demand for apartments and demand for high quality apartments so hopefully this will meet that demand," said John Hinzman, the city's community development director.
Hastings Parks and Recreation, Community Education and the YMCA hosted a family friendly Halloween Party at Hastings High School Oct. 27.
Morris Martial Arts recently opened its doors for business at its new location at 314 Vermillion St., located in the same building as the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.
The LeDuc Historic Estate's site manager, Amy Deaver, recently resigned from her position after four years of service at the site. The estate is owned by the City of Hastings, but managed by the Dakota County Historical Society. The Dakota County Historical Society plans to review the position before beginning to find someone to fill the position. During the interim, executive director of DCHS Matthew Carter will be filling in at the site until a new person is hired.
"The Color Dreamers" have completed their design entitled "Free Birds" on the warming house that will be seasonally placed at Levee Park in Hastings. Artists and muralists Ivette Cabrera and Amir Shakir are based in Miami, Fla. They traveled to the city to complete a mural over the course of nine days. They started working after a brief delay due to weather. The outside was spray painted and the rest of the mural was added using acrylic paint.