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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Bella Vista, an Italian restaurant in downtown Hastings, opened it’s doors in October 2014. Now, two years later, the owners have decided it is time for a complete makeover. They will become Vista Rio, a Mexican themed restaurant, in September. Jennifer and Bernardo Melecio originally wanted to have Mexican cuisine when they bought the building on Main Street next to the Highway 61 bridge. “We had three Mexican restaurants in town, so we didn’t think a fourth could make it,” Jennifer said.
Rock music could be heard from the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Hastings Saturday night. The Hastings Area Rotary Club hosted “Bruce in the USA – The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.” More than 500 people attended the event, according to the Rotary Club.
Hastings has seen a continued growth in population since the 2010 census, according to the United States Census Bureau. With the continued growth to Hastings, some members of the community...
Ever since she received her first mannequin head at 8 years old, Amanda Cherry has known she wanted to work in a hair salon. Later this month, her dream of owning her own salon will come true, too. Medusa’s Hair Parlour will be opening in downtown Hastings near the corner of Vermillion and Fourth streets. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time,” Cherry said.
“It’s got that Field of Dreams touch.” That is how first-time author Todd Mueller described the Miesville Mudhens home field. Mueller just released his book “Town Ball Parks of Minnesota,” in which he features 27 ballparks ranging from a multi-million dollar complex to a remote ballpark at the end of a dirt road that is so hidden and out of view that opposing ball players get lost on the way there. “My goal through this whole thing is to unveil these ballparks for the state treasures they are,” Mueller said.
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.