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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Community members had the opportunity to comment on three floor design concepts for the Pleasant Hill Improvement Project at the library's open house Thursday, Feb. 9. Margaret Stone, the library director for Dakota County Library, said that Pleasant Hill Library has not been renovated since it was initially built in 1994. The way people use libraries today is very different than it was in the 90s, she said. "People come in now and they need collaborative space, they need a place to plug in their device and they need to be able to get power and data," Stone said.
Third- and fourth-grade students at Pinecrest Elementary School performed in a music concert Feb. 10, inside the school's gymnasium. The concert was directed by Lisa Poncelet and demonstrated what the students have been learning through the music program.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton celebrated National Catholic Schools Week last week with several events and activities. There were several dress-up days, a Teacher Olympics, a community open house and an award ceremony, all of which led into the Patriot Tournament, the longest running parochial basketball tournament in Minnesota.
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.