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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Precision Landscaping and Construction, Inc. has been around for more than 30 years, but they recently celebrated the grand opening of their new location with a ribbon-cutting. The outdoor living experts are now located at 14923 Jacob Avenue in Hastings. The new location is nearly five times larger than what it was in their location in the industrial park area of Hastings. Josh Fox said the new location includes a showroom that showcases outdoor living. Customers will be able to see and feel every style and pattern before they get something, he said.
A group of community members spent the evening getting creative at Painting in the Park June 15 at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park. Deb Stussy, an art instructor, walked the group through creating their own display of artwork. The evening's project consisted of using watercolor paints to create a peace sign painting.
A group of women from the Moms on the Run running group in Hastings participated in the Grandma's half marathon June 17 in Duluth. Moms on the Run coach Kari Wartner and volunteer coach Emily Hauck ran the race along with Lynette Schmaltz, Stacey Fischbach, Amy Johnson, Katie Engrav, Kelly Fox and Betsy Trondson. The results from the race are as follows: Betsy Trondson, 3:11:25 Kelly Fox, 3:08:37 Katie Engrav, 2:45:54 Amy Johnson, 2:39:21 Stacey Fischbach, 2:24:09 Lynette Schmaltz, 2:20:45 Emily Hauck, 1:44:04 Kari Wartner, 1:42:38
Pleasant Hill Library is offering fitness kits for circulation within their collection through a program with Regina Hospital, a part of Allina Health. The 12-month pilot program began in April and Pleasant Hill is the only library offering the fitness kits in the Dakota County system.
The featured artist exhibit at BreakAway Cafe for the month of June is former Hastings High School art teacher Art Nordstrom. Nordstrom's exhibit, called Art's Art, will be on display through July 2. It features 19 oil paintings that Nordstrom has painted within the past ten years. "We love his paintings and their subject matter," said Mecca Manz, owner of BreakAway Arts.
The Hastings City Council voted 5-1 to adopt an ordinance involving residential restrictions for sexual offenders and sexual predators at the June 19 council meeting. The ordinance will prohibit sexual offenders and sexual predators from living within 750 feet of any school, licensed child care center or public park in the city limits. Prior to the roll call vote, a public hearing was held in which several residents commented on the proposed ordinance.
Donna Mathiowetz, a local speaker and author, recently published a new book in the form of a guided journal called "A Journal for Your Journey: A Trip Without Regard to the Amount of Time It Takes." Mathiowetz will speak at two upcoming events regarding the subject of loss and grief. Her book educates others on the topic of loss and grief while she shares her own life experiences with those topics. The journal takes the reader through a series of questions and personal short stories written by Mathiowetz.
Barb Laumeyer is retiring after 22 years in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's preschool program. Laumeyer began her career at SEAS in 1995 when she was hired as a teacher's aide. It was also the first year the preschool program began. From there, she worked her way up from being to assistant, to teacher and finally to her current position as preschool director. Laumeyer said that she has loved working at SEAS and will miss it tremendously.
At least 500 people attended the open house-style Summer Kickoff event at the Rotary Pavilion on June 6. There was everything from bounce houses and knockerball to live music and food vendors. The event celebrated the start of summer and promoted the upcoming summer programs through the Parks and Recreation Department. More information about summer programming is available at www.hastingsmn.gov/programsandevents .
A new restaurant is coming to Hastings this summer. Fireside Social House will open at 108 Second St. E. in downtown Hastings in July. The building has sat vacant since RJ's closed in 2014. "Our motto is eat, drink and play — which is kind of the theme to what we are trying to do here," said Kim Zeigler, co-owner of Fireside.