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James and Cindy Galland have been hosting a breakfast early Christmas morning in their home for public safety officials since 1991. Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx

Holiday duty: For 20 years, family has served Christmas breakfast to officers on patrol

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On Christmas Day, when families are gathering in their homes and sharing the joy of the holidays, a handful of men and women will be out on the streets, driving around the city and county alone. They are Hastings police officers and Dakota County deputies, giving up the chance to spend one of the most family-oriented holidays with those they love to protect the public.

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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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