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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Last weekend the Little Log House Pioneer Village was open to the public for the 26th Annual Antique Power Show. There were 150 vendors this year and attendance was estimated to be more than past years due to the favorable weather. Attendees were able to tour the buildings, watch the daily parade, listen to live music, watch reenactments by the Canon Old West Society and more. With over 45 restored buildings that date back between 1855 and 1953, there was plenty for visitors to see. Dewey Roll did demonstrations at the Blacksmith shop in the village.
The 2016-2017 school year marks Mike Strommen’s first full year as principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion. With a new principal, comes new ideas. This year,...
A group of Hastings women will be running from Winona to Minneapolis–a total of 202.1 miles–on Aug. 12-13 as part of the Ragnar Relay Series. The race will begin on the bank of the Mississippi River in Winona and end at the East River Flats in Minneapolis. According to their website, Ragnar is a long distance, team-oriented, overnight running relay. Teams of 12 runners conquer the 200-ish miles of sidewalks, back roads, bike paths and road shoulders to get from start to finish.
Instant sex offender background check will be done on all school visitors starting this fall; initial fee was $10,868 The Raptor System, a visitor management system designed to screen visitors...
The Mississippi Minute Film Festival is accepting entries of 60-second films of the Mississippi River in celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service. This is the third year of the film festival, but the first year they are accepting entries from the Hastings area. “We thought it would be cool in honor of the centennial … to extend this contest to include the entire Mississippi River corridor,” said Kathleen Boe, executive director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.
The Hmong American Farmers Association Farm (HAFA), a 155-acre research and incubator farm in Vermillion Township, is being honored as a 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the University...
As part of the Doffing Concert Series, the Hastings Area Rotary Club will host “Bruce in the USA” – The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – on Aug. 13 at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Hastings. Summer 2016 marks the inaugural year for programming at the Rotary Pavilion, which was donated to the city by the Hastings Rotary Club. From a Rotary Club perspective, member Jeff Carlson, said the concert is a kick-off event to launch the Rotary’s vision for what the pavilion would be.
Hastings Police Sergeant Bryan Schowalter heard about a lemonade stand serving free lemonade to police officers just before his shift with the Hastings Police Department started. Schowalter, along with officers...
The 26th annual Little Log House Antique Power Show, July 29-31, will feature two new buildings and a windmill. The Little Log House Pioneer Village has over 45 restored buildings that date back between 1855 and 1953. Once a year, the village is open to the public. Steve Bauer, who owns the Pioneer Village with his wife, Sylvia, said the village lost two buildings to a fire this past spring. One was a storage building and the other was an old school building built in 1876.
Jeff Christensen, a former Hastings resident, was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association on April 16 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Christensen was the guitarist for...