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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Hastings is slated to get 30 new single-family homes just north of South Oaks Drive. On Feb. 6, the Hastings City Council unanimously approved the preliminary and final plat for the roughly six-acre subdivision, clearing the way for the site to be split into individual properties where homes can be built. Construction of public improvements is expected to begin this spring.
Jennifer Eckes is returning to Hastings, her hometown, to get up on the Hastings Arts Center stage and sing.
This year, the downtown Riverfront Renaissance project will be finished. The project has earned praise from locals and outsiders alike in recent years, and it's considered a major point of pride for the Hastings City Council. But rather than sitting back and admiring their work, the council is pushing forward to another, bigger project: the Vermillion Street corridor. "Let 2017 be known as the year that change on the Vermillion Street Corridor began," said Mayor Paul Hicks in his annual State of the City Address earlier this month.
Nate Munene wasn't supposed to live. That's what his doctor said when he was just a baby. Now, the 14-year-old is telling his story in the form of a new book, "Miracles Still Happen." The book was published Jan. 20, by WestBow Press.
Mayor Paul Hicks delivered his annual State of the City Address Tuesday morning, Feb. 7. The speech, about 25 minutes long, highlighted some of the city's major achievements from 2016 and looked ahead to new goals in 2017. "The state of the city continues to be strong," Hicks said at the opening of his speech.
Hastings High School crowned its Sno-Week royalty last Friday, Feb. 3. The event packed the HHS gym with students and parents as they watched classmates from each class take the spotlight. Sno-Week royalty included six pairs from the freshman and junior classes, five pairs from the sophomore class, and seven pairs from the senior class. The gym was decorated with oversized snowflakes, a blue and silver castle backdrop, flowers, balloons, and a paper clock showing the time as just minutes to midnight, all fitting the theme "Enchanted."
Haley Comfort Systems in Hastings is undergoing a few changes this month. The Rochester-based company is selling its Hastings showroom, located at 122 W. Third St., to a Wisconsin-based company, Comfort By Design.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has resumed collecting DNA samples from people arrested for certain violent crimes after winning a challenge to the practice in the Minnesota Supreme Court.
A three-hour standoff between law enforcement and a Hastings resident Monday evening ended safely, according to Hastings police.
Maple Street between Third and Sixth streets and some surrounding blocks were closed Monday evening, Feb. 6, as law enforcement responded to an incident. Hastings Chief of Police Bryan Schafer, who was on the scene, said that the incident involved a subject barricaded inside a residence. He was unable to provide further details at the time but said that there was no danger to the public. "It's a pretty contained situation," he said.