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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"Rescue in the Night," the story of Daniel in the lion's den, will be performed by 35 children in second through seventh grade at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church. A special preview show will be performed at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1. The kids musical is directed by Ellen Diischer, Heidi Nelson and Ann Fischer. Diischer has been directing the children's musical for about 20 years. This will be the third time that she will be directing "Rescue in the Night."
St. Patrick's Day was a very busy day for Hastings native Ryan Behnke. As someone trained to play the Uilleann pipes, he spent the day playing music at several St. Patrick's Day celebrations including everything from a performance at a nursing home to one at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. The Uilleann pipes are an Irish instrument. "Uilleann" is Irish for "elbow," making the instrument aptly named, because they are played with the elbow, Behnke said.
A locally focused exhibit, "Seeds of Change: A Portrait of the Hmong American Farmers Association," will be on display in rooms 320 and 321 at the Minnesota State Capitol through May 26, 2017. The photographs and books on view in the exhibit were created by multimedia artist Mike Hazard. The images comprise a year in the lives of Hmong American farmers working on the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) farm located in Vermillion Township.
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.