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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Morris Martial Arts recently opened its doors for business at its new location at 314 Vermillion St., located in the same building as the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.
The LeDuc Historic Estate's site manager, Amy Deaver, recently resigned from her position after four years of service at the site. The estate is owned by the City of Hastings, but managed by the Dakota County Historical Society. The Dakota County Historical Society plans to review the position before beginning to find someone to fill the position. During the interim, executive director of DCHS Matthew Carter will be filling in at the site until a new person is hired.
"The Color Dreamers" have completed their design entitled "Free Birds" on the warming house that will be seasonally placed at Levee Park in Hastings. Artists and muralists Ivette Cabrera and Amir Shakir are based in Miami, Fla. They traveled to the city to complete a mural over the course of nine days. They started working after a brief delay due to weather. The outside was spray painted and the rest of the mural was added using acrylic paint.
Hastings Public Schools will ask the community for support on two items in the Nov. 7 election. The district will ask the community to approve a $49.5 million bond and the other will request approval for an operating levy. The proposed bond would have a zero tax impact on the property of residents. Bonds pay for buildings so that there will be funds made available to update the facilities. The funds from a bond can only be used for the buildings/facilities and cannot be used to pay for general operations.
St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Hastings participated in the annual marathon for nonpublic education event. Each principal challenged the students to raise a certain amount of money for their school and both schools surpassed their goal.
The Meyer Company building, a staple of downtown Hastings, has been sold. Hastings native Beth Warner, owner of Elm Salon, and her husband Kevin recently purchased the Meyer Company building in downtown Hastings. The building has been in the city since it was built in 1863. The storefront will no longer be the Meyer Company clothing store, but some history will still be preserved. Beth said that the Meyer Co. sign that hangs outside the building will stay. As for the building; it will be called the Meyer Company Building. "It's history," she said.
The 2017 Rotary Pavilion Programming season recently wrapped up and the Parks and Recreation Department of Hastings is looking for community feedback. Paige Marschall Bigler, recreation programming specialist, said the survey is a way to receive feedback from the community so that they can make programming in 2018 even better. "Being that the facility and space is new to Hastings, people are still learning about it or experiencing it," Marschall Bigler said.
Some reimagination, change and repurposing is in store for Eye Candy REfind, but all in a big way. The retail store will be moving across the street to an 8,000-square-foot space.
An iconic symbol of Hastings will be traveling to and from the Veterans Home in Hastings with the facility's addition of a 12-passenger bus. Through several local donors and grants, the Veterans Home received the bus with a photo wrap. The image is of the Hastings bridge photographed by local photographer David Youngren. Sue Register, of the Veterans Home Volunteer Services, said that the new bus will improve transportation services at the facility. "(The bus) adds a little more versatility to allow us to get our vets to local medical appointments," Register said.
Mary Havens lived with secrets for most of her life. They were secrets of subjects that most people do not want to talk about. Those family secrets are revealed in her new book "The Shadows In My Heart," a memoir of her life story. "It's a subject that nobody wants to talk about and it's a subject we need to talk about which is domestic violence, sexual abuse (and) incest," Havens said.