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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Two people have been arrested in association with recent mail theft in Hastings. A 30-year-old Hastings man, Mark Smith Jr., has been charged with check forgery. A 34-year-old Hastings woman, Jessica Morgan, was also arrested and, as of Friday morning, charges were pending. "We anticipate additional arrests to be made as the investigation continues," said Matt Hedrick, investigator at the Hastings Police Department.
Devin Plank, a fifth-grader at Hastings Middle School, won the school's National Geographic Bee Jan. 11. The school bee was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. It was held in the HMS auditorium. All 1,400 HMS students participated in the written classroom round of the bee. From there, the top students in each grade qualified for the intermediate round, consisting of both written and oral questions. Finally, 10 students qualified for the school championship.
Lisa Hedin was unanimously voted as chair of the Hastings District 200 School Board on Jan. 4, after Vince O'Brien withdrew from the board. O'Brien, who was in the middle of his elected term as chair, stepped down after accepting the executive director position at the Colorado Continuing Legal Education. O'Brien plans to move to Colorado at the end of this month.
Dawn Morningstar, the author of "Venerable Women: Transform Ourselves, Transform the World," will be at BreakAway Arts and Cafe, 111 E. Third St., from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9. There will be a social hour from 6-7 p.m. and a presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. "I really want people to walk about with a sense of hope that things can be better, not just for them but for the entire world, and that they play an important role in that," Morningstar said of her presentation.
There were 115 Hastings delegates who attended the Model Assembly conference at the state Capitol Jan. 5-8. Two Hastings delegates were elected to state positions at the conference. Hayden Schutt, a junior at Hastings High School, was elected youth governor at the conference. Schutt campaigned for the position at the conference by asking people for support and handing out buttons and stickers.
The first baby to be born at Regina Hospital in 2017 was David Benjamin Marshall. The baby boy was born at 6:03 p.m., Jan. 1, 2017, to parents Kassey and Aaron Marshall of Prescott, Wis. He weighed 8 lbs, 1.4 oz, and measured 20.75 inches long. David has one sibling, 11-year-old Carter Perry, and Kassey and Aaron said there is already a brotherly connection between the two. Whenever David hears Carter's voice he seems to smile, they said.
Trained tax assistants through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program are almost ready to offer their help through the Hastings Senior Center. This program is for seniors and low-income individuals who have basic tax returns. Appointments can be made starting Wednesday, Jan. 25, by calling 651-480-7689. Appointments begin Feb. 1 at the Tilden Community Center, 310 River St. Appointments can be made Mondays from 3-6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Vince O'Brien has stepped down from his position as chairman of the Hastings School Board in the middle of his third term. Vice chair Lisa Hedin was voted in to replace O'Brien as chairwoman. O'Brien withdrew from his position on the board in order to pursue a new position out of state. He will be the executive director at the Colorado Continuing Legal Education. The opportunity just sort of fell into his lap, O'Brien said.
Three generations of pilots were aboard the Dec. 28 Delta flight from Minneapolis to Portland and back to celebrate the career of one Hastings pilot. Steve Weber, a Hastings native, piloted his last flight before retiring with some special guests on board. Weber's 93-year-old father Wally, a former pilot, and and his 26-year-old son, Brian, who is also a pilot, were on the flight along with some other immediate family members.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education issued final regulations on accountability, state plans and data reporting for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. Minnesota will submit their plan for the implementation of ESSA in September 2017. ESSA is the newest version of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It also replaces the No Child Left Behind Act that was enacted in 2002. ESSA focuses on the goal of preparing all students for success in college and careers.