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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Give to the Max Day 2016 is Nov. 17. The day is a 24-hour online fundraiser created as a way to make it easy to give money to nonprofits and schools. “(Give to the Max Day is the) biggest day of giving and is 24 hours where generosity is the headline,” said Jake Blumberg, executive director of GiveMN. The goal for this year is the same that it has been in the past, to raise as many millions of dollars as they can, for as many organizations as they can, said Blumberg.
A family myth is one of the reasons Anthony Letourneau decided to take French in high school, jumpstarting his interest in the language and leading him to a degree in...
The 6th Annual LeDuc Art Show Reception was held at the LeDuc Historic Estate on Nov. 6. A number of local artists brought their artwork to be displayed throughout the house. Artwork included photography, jewelry, glass painting, needlework, stained glass and more. The LeDuc provided guests at the reception with a display of tasty treats including cheesecake and chocolate cake. A selection of warm drinks were also served including an apple cider cinnamon schnapps and amaretto hot chocolate.
Statewide test results show that Hastings Public School District is outperforming the state when it comes to reading and math. Hastings shows a math proficiency level 10.8 percent higher than...
A new custom home design studio is coming to Hastings. Wausau Homes will be opening its doors at 507 Vermillion St. next month.
After reaching the $1 million goal at last year’s Gobble Gait, co-chairs Mary Fasbender and Jay Kochendorfer have a fresh new outlook into the Thanksgiving Day event. That fresh outlook starts with a brand new course route. “With making our million dollars last year and reaching our goal...with new goals we’re starting with a different route,” Fasbender said.
“I didn’t know about sex trafficking until I was in the middle of it.” Those words came from Brianna, a young adult who was saved from sex trafficking before she was in too deep. Her story was part of a recent Human Trafficking Education and Awareness class hosted by the Hastings Anti-trafficking Coalition. A daughter, a niece, a neighbor or a friend has the potential to be sex trafficked in the United States. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one in five runaways are likely victims of sex trafficking.
The Children’s Concert hosted by the Hastings High School Orchestra Program was held on Oct. 27 in the Hastings High School Auditorium. The concert featured performances by the Hastings High School Orchestra, the Pinecrest Choir under the direction of Lisa Poncelet and the Hastings Middle School Spiral Singers under the direction of Cheryl Borgen. This year’s theme was Spooktacular: Things that go bump in the night. Three children’s books were read throughout the program including “I Need My Monster,” “Something Might Happen,” and “Scaredy Squirrel at night.”
The new middle school language arts and reading teacher remembers struggling with her own reading when she was in high school. Nancy Wohnoutka said she had to work hard and...
According to the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, October is Cooperative Month. In honor of the month’s celebration, administrator at the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Sam Rikkers visited the Hmong American...