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 resident Ann Makena has dreamed of being an author since she was a student in high school in her native country, Kenya. "I always was very good at writing," she recalled.
Just minutes after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, one Hastings man decided to put his name in the ring to compete for the presidency in 2020. Anthony Alongi, who just weeks ago completed his third and final term as a Hastings City Council member, launched a new Facebook page, The Presidential Campaign Committee for Anthony Alongi , posting a photo today of his completed Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2).
Late Sunday morning, Jan. 15, 25 women unrolled yoga mats on the upper floor at Rio Grooming just north of Hastings. They were there for a special yoga session that featured the kings and queens of relaxation and balance: cats.
Hastings High School had 24 music students selected to perform in the Metro East Conference Honor Band, Honor Choir and Honor Jazz Band. They performed in a concert Monday, Jan. 9, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Stillwater. Students participating in the MEC Honor Band are Eric Bacon, percussion; Miranda Hanson, percussion; Sarah Hardy, trumpet; Maria Kummer, flute; Emma Matzke, tuba; James McCord, trombone; Katherine McCord, French horn; Sara Mendoza, flute; Andrew Miller, bass clarinet; Cailin Miller, French horn; and Macy Pollard, clarinet.
The Hastings City Council has approved the first change of the year to city ordinances. The action, taken Jan. 3 at the council's first regular meeting, added a new lifetime dog license to the books. City laws, for many years, have required dog owners living within the city to obtain a dog license from the city. The license needed to be renewed every two years, with proof of rabies vaccination provided at the time of each renewal. Dogs are also required to wear a license tag.
This Friday, Jan. 13, Black Dirt Theater is launching two productions in Hastings. Both the annual dinner theater production and the improv comedy season start this week. Black Dirt's dinner theater is a small-cast production, held in the banquet hall at The Onion Grille. This year's dinner theater show is "On Golden Pond," a story made popular first on Broadway in 1979 and again as a movie in 1981. It returned to the stage in 2005. The story is focused on family.
A New Year's Day bomb scare turned out to be a false alarm. According to the Hastings police report, officers were called Jan. 1 to the 3400 block of Leroy Avenue at 12:53 p.m. for a concern about possible explosives. Local police contacted the St.
Hastings resident Sally Makena, a first-grader at Pine Harbor Christian Academy, made her trip to the National American Miss Pageant, held in California at the end of November. She earned a spot on the stage in June, when she earned the fourth runner-up spot in the talent competition at the state pageant. "What an amazing experience it was for her and for our family," wrote her mother, Ann Makena, in an email. "Sally did an amazing job on that national stage. We learned many things and she and all of us are very excited for next year."
Steve Pacheaco doesn't get to play in the snow very much. Although he's a Minnesota native, he's lived much of his life in Bellingham, Wash., where snow is something of a rarity. "We get snow about once every three years," Pacheaco said. So when he does get some snow, like he did last week while visiting his sister in Hastings, he took advantage of it. By building a massive snowman standing on its head. He started working on it Wednesday, Dec. 21, at about 4:30 p.m., just outside Mississippi Terrace, where his sister works as caretaker.
When Tony Nelson first got involved with city government, it was as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission. It sounded interesting, he said, and was a natural fit, as his children were getting involved in all kinds of sports activities. Plus, it would be a way for him to give back to the community, he said.