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Director of Parks and Recreation, Barry Bernstein, resigns

Hastings' Director of Parks and Recreation Barry Bernstein recently announced his resignation.

The Hastings City Council recognized Bernstein Monday evening for his work in Hastings by reading a proclamation.

Bernstein has been the Director of Parks and Recreation since July, 2004. The council noted his enthusiasm, dedication, compassion and support for Hastings parks and recreation amenities; several achievements in which he played an instrumental role; and his work as an ambassador for the parks and recreation programs.

Bernstein struggled at the meeting to respond to the proclamation.

"It's not often I'm at a loss for words," he said.

"It's been truly an honor to serve the residents, serve the council."

Bernstein's resignation goes into effect Dec. 14. He has accepted a position as director of parks and recreation for the City of Apple Valley.

The Parks and Recreation Committee meets Dec. 6 to start the process of filling the vacancy.

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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