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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The City Council's Public Safety Committee met March 20 to discuss concerns related to a predatory offender ordinance. City council members Lori Braucks, Lisa Leifeld and Tina Folch, City Attorney Dan Fluegel, City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee and Chief of Police Bryan Schafer were in attendance.
Hastings Family Service will host the 22nd annual Hastings Tastings event from 5:30-8 p.m. March 28 at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Social Hall, 2035 W. 15th St. The event will feature food, a silent auction, raffles, a cash bar and entertainment. There will be 17 local food establishments participating in this year's Hastings Tastings.
The Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo (RAD Zoo) visited the Pleasant Hill Library March 15. An assortment of snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles were brought to the library.
The annual science and engineering fair at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion was held March 10. Students in third through sixth grade participated in the fair by completing a "scientific method project" or an "engineering project." Students in second grade completed a science project as well. Students in pre-K to first grade were invited to participate, but it was optional.
A jazz concert featuring the Hastings Middle School eighth grade Jazz Band, Hastings High School band 1 and 2 and guest artist Greg Keel will be held in the Hastings High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. March 23.
Hastings residents will soon have the opportunity to purchase alcohol before a Sunday football game instead of making a beer run across the border to Prescott, Wis. Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill March 7 that repeals Minnesota's 159-year-old ban on the state's liquor stores operating on Sundays. Minnesota liquor stores will be able to start operating on Sundays beginning July 2, 2017. Local liquor stores are ready to take on the additional day of sales, but their reactions to the changes vary.
The Science Museum of Minnesota brought hands-on science to Pine Harbor Christian Academy on March 14 with their Science Matters program. The program is a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and Flint Hills Resources. PHCA is one of 17 schools around the state that was selected to participate in this year's program.
Eighth-graders at Hastings Middle School had the opportunity to compare their career choice with their desired lifestyle March 8 with the annual Reality Check event.
Hastings native Kristen Kilpo was recently selected as a semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. She is one of 37 semifinalists that were narrowed down from 132 candidates across the state. "I was definitely surprised and very humbled by it all because I feel like I work with some really incredible people," Kilpo said.
The Hastings Police Department is looking into a security camera registration program to help aid future criminal investigations. They recently released a request for residents and businesses to fill out a survey regarding the possibility of creating the "virtual safety network." "The idea of (the network is) really just creating a map throughout the city where we can see where exterior cameras exist," said Chris Nelson, HPD investigator.