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While the gate is closed at Oakwood Cemetery, it’s still easy to get in. A chain just needs to be undone to gain access. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)

Oakwood gates closed to deter vandals, not visitors

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This spring and summer, a few people noticed some changes to Oakwood Cemetery.

The five-acre cemetery, which was established in 1856, emerged from under the winter’s snow and the grass started growing. The problem arose when it kept on growing, thanks to a lack of mowing.


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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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