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 22nd annual Hastings Tastings event March 28 raised approximately $24,217 for Hastings Family Service food shelf. All proceeds from the event will receive a proportionate match from Minnesota FoodShare. There were about 400 guests in attendance and 17 food establishments participating in the event. Guests had the opportunity to vote for their favorite establishments in several different categories.
A local man was arrested following a car chase with police around 8:30 p.m. April 2. Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said that the incident began when a deputy noticed an equipment malfunction on a vehicle in the area of Ravenna Trail and 200th Street.
As the days start to get longer and the weather starts to get warmer, more and more people can be found outside enjoying the fresh air. Dakota County has one way community members can enjoy the outdoors while staying active. Registration for Dakota County's Simple Steps Walking Program is now open. So far, about 470 participants have registered for the free program, including 50 Hastings residents.
Robert Mooney's whole professional life has involved wearing boots and being in the middle of action. The Hastings resident is a 14-year veteran at the Minneapolis Park Police Department. His hard work and dedication recently paid off when he was selected as the 2016 Officer of the Year. "I don't know that I really deserve it, but at the same time, I was chosen and I want to represent well," Mooney said.
The Hastings High School ceramics students will be hosting the Empty Bowls event starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the commons area of the high school. This year's goal is to raise $4,000 or more for Hastings Family Service and Heifer International. There will be a silent auction and light meal from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Each guest may choose a handmade bowl to use that evening and to take home. The meal will be similar to a potluck with pasta, soup and other foods. The meal will be followed by a presentation about hunger in the Hastings community and the world.
One look at Henry used to make him run into a corner and huddle up into a little ball. He once was in an elevator where he hid in the corner and screamed when a stranger walked in. If someone looked at him in the grocery store, he would have meltdowns. "It was painful for him to interact with others and social interaction was so painful for him," said Hastings resident Amy Pahl, Henry's mother.
"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.