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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Local resident Tracey Johnson received a big surprise at a recent visit to Coborn's. She couldn't believe the kindness she received from Coborn's employee, Kim Nyberg. Johnson had left her purse at home that day and couldn't pay for her groceries. Instead of leaving empty handed, Johnson said that Nyberg whipped out her own check card and paid for the groceries. Johnson couldn't believe it.
Hastings High School's annual Sno Week Variety Show was held in the auditorium Monday, Jan. 29. The show was hosted by Micah Walt, Noah Goetzke, Sawyer Schmitt and Adam Iverson. A number of talented HHS students performed. There was a variety of singing, dancing, playing instruments and a performance by the HHS men's basketball group, Lakeside Corporation.
Several performances from (lumin)theater lab will take place this month in what they are calling "The Test Tube Series." Aaron Henry, a member of the group and director of Test Tube Series 1, said the group initially called themselves (lumin)theater lab to differentiate themselves as a group willing to experiment and try different things. "What better way to market it as an experimental (performance) then to call it a test tube?" he said. "It's the one thing people associate with science."
Mayor Paul Hicks delivered a State of the City address Feb. 1 at the Onion Grille. There were about 65 people in attendance of the luncheon. The theme of the speech depicted something that Hicks said many residents may already know. "There's never been a better time to live in Hastings," he said.
If walls could talk, there sure would be lots of stories coming from the buildings in downtown Hastings. Many of the shops and businesses are located in historic buildings; some date to the 1800s. Over the years ownership has changed, businesses have come and gone and renovations have taken place. Some of the spaces inside may have been originally built for one purpose, that may not be the case today. This week, the Hastings Star Gazette took a look at some stories within the walls of a few historic buildings. The opera house
Downtown Hastings will soon see a new clothing boutique located in the Meyer Building. BeLoved will feature a sophisticated romantic style, according to business owner Amy VanZee. Shoppers will still see a splash of the latest trends but VanZee wants the clothing to be able to be worn over seasons. "My goal is to have great quality and a timeless style that you can wear again the next season," VanZee said.
The Dakota County Library has expanded iLAB equipment to more locations including the Pleasant Hill Library at 1490 S. Frontage Road. The new available equipment includes 3-D printers, Apple iMac computers and Adobe Creative Suite. Mary Scheide, manager of Pleasant Hill Library, said the new equipment expands people's experience when they go to the library. "It's just one more tool for learning and creativity, and people interact with the library many different ways and this just gives them one more opportunity," Scheide said.
Ethan Bernt, an eighth-grader at Hastings Middle School, won the school's National Geographic Bee on Jan. 11. The school bee was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world.
More than 100 Hastings Public Schools teachers participated in a "grade-in" Jan. 17 as they waited for the month's School Board meeting to begin. Most of them stayed for the entire meeting, causing the conference room in the district office to overflow with teachers in the hallway and some teachers seated on the floor.
The latest Black Dirt Theater production was chosen with the Hastings community in mind, said co-director Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha. "We chose this show in a real specific way for Hastings because it feels like something that Hastings specifically will like," she said.