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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A new church is coming to Hastings with the intention of bringing a movement and a place for community. Crossroads Church, located at 225 33rd St. W., will open Dec. 3 for the first worship services at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Crossroads is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church of America (ECC). It is the church's fourth campus location with others located in Woodbury, Eagan and Cottage Grove. The pastor at the church is Tim Stanley, the former director of Young Life in Hastings. He said that he hopes the church will make a great impact on the community.
Gobble Gait will celebrate 20 years of raising money to benefit Hastings Family Service with the 2K and 8K races this upcoming Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23. Since starting Gobble Gait in 1998, it has raised $1.4 million for Hastings Family Service. "I remember it like it was yesterday," said Mary Fasbender, Gobble Gait organizer. "It was a beautiful day ... and there was just 400 casual people going out for a walk."
Target may have announced that the Hastings store will be closing in February 2018, but the Hastings Chamber of Commerce is trying to reverse the decision. "We're still fighting," said Kristy Barse, president of the Hastings Chamber of Commerce. The chamber does not know if there is anything that can be done to keep the store open, but they have taken a few steps to try.
The Hastings High School Theater Department performed Moliere's "The Miser" Nov. 10-12. The play is a five-act comedy that was first performed in 1668. The plot revolves around love and money. The miser Harpagon wants his daughter Elise to marry a wealthy old man, but she is in love with Valere. Harpagon wants to marry a young woman named Marianne, who his son Cleante wishes to marry. Cast Harpagon-The Miser, Will Sorg Elise, Elsie Kopp Cleante, Jack Raway Valere, Trevor Zeyen Marianne, McKayla Kielas Anselme, Sam Nutter,
The 2017 Give to the Max Day is slated for Thursday, Nov. 16. The day is an opportunity for Minnesotans to show their support for their favorite nonprofit organizations and schools. Give to the Max Day is a 24-hour charitable giving competition. Donors are asked to give to their favorite Minnesota charities and the nonprofits that receive the most dollars will be awarded an extra grant from giveMN.org.
The (lumin) theater lab will present Scriptease Nov. 16-17 at Fireside Social House at 7 p.m. Scriptease is a little different from a typical theater production. There is no director and for some of the actors, there is no script. "It's an actor's nightmare," said Kelli Tatum, producer of Scriptease. There is no one plotline or story. The show will consist of several 6-8 minute scenes performed by pairs. One person will have a script and the other person will have to improvise. The first actor will read the line that is on the designated script.
Hidden Greens Golf Course broke ground Oct. 24 for their new banquet facility that is scheduled to open in fall of 2018. The event hall will offer seating for up to 300 people with a view of the golf course. "It's something we get to share this place with people year round instead of just a niche of golfers," said Denise Dodge, general manager of Hidden Greens.
Hastings-area voters approved District 200's two-question referendum in the Tuesday election. The district asked the community to approve a $49.5 million bond and an operating levy worth $1.3 million a year. The bond passed with 66 percent of votes, while the levy garnered nearly 62 percent. Funds from the bond will be made available to update the district facilities. Five areas were included in the bond including safety and security, deferred maintenance, 21st century learning, community shared spaces and technology.
Scott Gergen, Dave Pemble and Kelsey Waits won seats on the Hastings School Board in Tuesday's election. They were among five candidates for three four-year term seats. Peter Blissenbach ran unopposed for a special election and will serve on the board for two years. Gergen garnered 26.37 percent of the votes, Pemble came in with 22.77 percent and Waits had 20.82 percent.
Hastings Young Life celebrated 10 years in the community at their banquet celebration Oct. 30. While the Hastings nonprofit is only a decade old, the Young Life organization has been around since the 1940s. It began in Texas as a club with an emphasis on showing kids that faith in God can be not only fun, but exhilarating and life changing. The club's vision is to introduce kids to Jesus, help them grow in their faith and have fun while doing it. There are about 200 Hastings students who participate in Young Life throughout the year.