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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St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Hastings participated in the annual marathon for nonpublic education event. Each principal challenged the students to raise a certain amount of money for their school and both schools surpassed their goal.
The Meyer Company building, a staple of downtown Hastings, has been sold. Hastings native Beth Warner, owner of Elm Salon, and her husband Kevin recently purchased the Meyer Company building in downtown Hastings. The building has been in the city since it was built in 1863. The storefront will no longer be the Meyer Company clothing store, but some history will still be preserved. Beth said that the Meyer Co. sign that hangs outside the building will stay. As for the building; it will be called the Meyer Company Building. "It's history," she said.
The 2017 Rotary Pavilion Programming season recently wrapped up and the Parks and Recreation Department of Hastings is looking for community feedback. Paige Marschall Bigler, recreation programming specialist, said the survey is a way to receive feedback from the community so that they can make programming in 2018 even better. "Being that the facility and space is new to Hastings, people are still learning about it or experiencing it," Marschall Bigler said.
Some reimagination, change and repurposing is in store for Eye Candy REfind, but all in a big way. The retail store will be moving across the street to an 8,000-square-foot space.
An iconic symbol of Hastings will be traveling to and from the Veterans Home in Hastings with the facility's addition of a 12-passenger bus. Through several local donors and grants, the Veterans Home received the bus with a photo wrap. The image is of the Hastings bridge photographed by local photographer David Youngren. Sue Register, of the Veterans Home Volunteer Services, said that the new bus will improve transportation services at the facility. "(The bus) adds a little more versatility to allow us to get our vets to local medical appointments," Register said.
Mary Havens lived with secrets for most of her life. They were secrets of subjects that most people do not want to talk about. Those family secrets are revealed in her new book "The Shadows In My Heart," a memoir of her life story. "It's a subject that nobody wants to talk about and it's a subject we need to talk about which is domestic violence, sexual abuse (and) incest," Havens said.
Hastings High School celebrated homecoming 2017 during the week of Oct. 2-7. The week consisted of several dress-up days, activities, Dig Pink Volleyball, powderpuff and Raider football games, and the homecoming dance.
The halls of Hastings City Hall will come alive with theater this month when Black Dirt Theater performs Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" inside the historic building. Audiences can expect to experience the play through a promenade style experience. They will be led throughout parts of the building as the classic romantic comedy unfolds before their eyes.
A new piece of art is expected to to bring a "pop" of color surrounded by the blank canvas of the snow this winter. A mural will be added to the warming house that is seasonally placed at Levee Park in Hastings. Sarah Hodder, deputy city clerk, said that the warming house was chosen for a commissioned piece of art in order to bring brightness and interest to Levee Park when everything is typically washed out.
As part of the YMCA 10-year celebration events, the Hastings YMCA celebrated their capital campaign donors on Sept. 18 with the unveiling of a new donor wall. "It's just really nice as a reminder as you walk into this beautiful facility to say we're here because of our donors," said Derrick Jaeger, executive director of YMCA in Hastings.