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Rena Menard died at the age of 27, just a few weeks before her birthday. She had lived the last few years in Africa. Submitted photo

Hastings woman left legacy of friendship, creativity, joy

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Rena Menard, a 2004 graduate of Hastings High School, was the sort of person everyone considered a friend. When she died, just a few weeks short of her 28th birthday, it sent a ripple of shock and loss that affected thousands of people around the world.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. 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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