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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A vehicle crashed into the window at Emily’s Bakery and Deli in the Midtown Shopping Center Friday morning. Bakery staff said that instead of reversing out of the parking spot in front of Emily’s window, a vehicle moved forward, crashing into the front of the building causing some damage. No injuries were reported. There was broken glass on the sidewalk and some of the brick of the building was out of place. The area was swept up by employees and business continued to run as usual.
St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion hosted a family science night Jan. 31. Students and parents visited the classrooms throughout science night to explore different activities and projects. There was an ice cream making activity and a walkthrough space where a classroom was transformed into the solar system. Science, technology, arts and engineering project demonstrations were conducted by the students.
The Concordia Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Choir from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., will perform in the Hastings High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. The concert will be free and open to the public.
After six years of running her business in downtown Hastings, Rachel Marthaler will be moving Rachel Marthaler Photography in mid-April to a new location. Marthaler said that she is creating a natural light studio on her property about 5 miles south of Hastings that will be open for business May 1. "We've really appreciated the community support being in downtown Hastings and the support of the area and businesses around us, and we're looking forward to doing business still in Hastings but in a new location," Marthaler said.
Downtown Hastings will soon be home to a new brewery with a name paying homage to an iconic feature in Hastings history, the Spiral Bridge. Spiral Brewery plans to open its doors in July 2017. The brewery will be located at 111 E. Second St.; the current occupant, Rachel Marthaler Photography Studio, will be moving to a new location.
The Hastings Public School Foundation awarded $64,354.25 in grants for 2017. The 18 grants were awarded to Hastings public school teachers in their classrooms Jan. 31 with a musical jingle, a certificate and an audience in tow. Board members of the Hastings Public Schools Foundation, selection committee members and four students playing instruments traveled from classroom to classroom awarding each grant. Hastings High School students Mikki Becker, Sarah Hardy, James McCord and Elizabeth Peine used trumpets, a trombone and a snare drum to celebrate each award.
Hastings' Jared Trost took second place and the people's choice award at the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in January along with teammates Tim Trost of Goodhue and Jim Krueger of East Bethel. The three-day competition with teams of three transform an 8-foot cube of compacted snow into a work of art using only hand tools. Eleven teams participated at this year's competition.
Hastings High School show choirs swept the floor at the Eau Claire Memorial Winterfest competition Feb. 4, in Eau Claire, Wis. All three show choirs — Riverside Company, Upstage Revolution and Divaz — competed. Riverside Company took grand champion and caption awards for best vocals, best choreography and best band. Upstage Revolution took first place in the Class A division. The Divaz took first place in the women's division.
The winter play at Hastings High School will be presented Feb. 10-12. The play, entitled "Emotional Baggage," is based on the script "Finger Foods" by Nina Shengold. While Emotional Baggage is just one play, there are seven different plays within it. Each short play has its own cast and storyline. Play director Janelle Ranek said the play is really fun and it has been a good challenge for the students. "It's clever and it's a nice challenge for both actors ... and it's also a nice kind of a delightful ride for the audience to really have to pay attention," Ranek said.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton preschoolers recently volunteered with Second Stork, a nonprofit located in the Twin Cities that works to provide struggling new moms with basic and much needed supplies for their babies. The SEAS preschoolers helped package everyday items for new moms and babies. They sorted and packaged 12 bags, which included 100 diapers and wipes. Second Stork was founded in 2009 to help fulfill the immediate needs for families of newborns who lack the resources to bring their baby home from the hospital with even the most basic supplies.