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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Officers found several thousand candy-like "gummies" containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) during a traffic stop last week in Lakeville. Austin James Hagen, 23, of Lakeville, has been charged with first-degree possession with intent to sell marijuana and second-degree possession, according to a Dakota County Attorney's Office news release Feb. 5. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said this is the second case within the past week that the office has made charges involving "gummies" containing THC.
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.
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."
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
Dakota County will join several Minnesota counties in taking action against pharmaceutical companies and distributors in the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs. "Companies that manufacture, distribute and market these drugs are causing a cycle of destruction in Dakota County," Dakota County attorney James Backstrom said.
The cause of the fire at Thorwood Rentals and Retreats is still undetermined. The Hastings Fire Department requested the state fire marshal to assist in the investigation. Bruce McLaughlin, investigator with the state fire marshal, said the fire department contacted them for assistance due to the historical nature of the building and the significant loss due to damages. John Townsend, assistant fire and EMS director, said the state has assisted in other fires in the past. "We tend to use them or have them assist when we have some larger (fires)," Townsend said.
A local physical therapist from Regina Hospital recently spent a week in Chiclayo, Peru, distributing wheelchairs to people in need. Anna Mangan was part of a team of mechanics, therapists, support staff and seamstresses who served 208 people in the last week of October. "I saw many individuals hadn't walked or moved from their small home for months or years due to their disability become overjoyed by their new 'device,'" Mangan said.
The Hastings High School Music Department presented Jazz and the Winds Nov. 16 in the HHS auditorium. The concert featured the Hastings High School Jazz Ensembles and Concert Bands. The performances were directed by Jim Jacobsen and Duane Oldham. The Varsity Band, Jazz II, Concert Band, Jazz I and Wind Ensemble performed a variety of music for the audience.
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."
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.