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Hastings’ newest police officers, Paul Young, Brandon Bragg and Whitney Rinowski, are pictured with the city council and public safety advisory committee members. Star Gazette photos by Katrina Styx

Three new officers join police department

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Three new police officers were sworn in Monday, April 7, and have begun working in Hastings.

The new officers fill vacancies in the department following some recent retirements. The hiring process began in late 2013. There were more than 115 applicants originally, said City Administrator Melanie Mesko Lee.


The new officers are now beginning their field training, which consists of 14 weeks of on-the-job training and evaluation.

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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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