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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For more than 20 years, Hastings has hosted a Relay for Life event. A fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life is traditionally held at the high school, with music blaring over a set of speakers as teams camp out and rotate people on and off the walking track. Things will look a bit different this year, however. First off is a change in location. "This year, we're moving down to the river," said Linda Kampa, co-chair of the Hastings event.
Barb Hollenbeck has been running Hastings' downtown toy store, Second Childhood, for 20 years. Now, as her business begins its 21st year, she's changing up the name. In early April, Second Childhood will become SC Toys. The new name reflects the transition Hollenbeck's store has gone through over the years while setting a more contemporary vibe and still recognizing its history. Hollenbeck said that when she started the store, she carried vintage dolls and toys. "People would come in and buy toys from their childhood," she said.
The third and final floor is starting to take shape at the top of the new Artspace Hastings Lofts building on the east end of downtown. Thanks to a milder winter and pre-project assessments, construction work is progressing right on time. "Things are going very smoothly on construction," said project manager Becky Carlson St. Clair.
Hastings road construction plans for 2017 are underway. On Monday, the Hastings City Council heard comments from residents regarding the work the city plans to do this summer. The project that needs to be done, however, is too big for just one year. "Our failing street section (in this neighborhood) is such a large area that we had a need to split this project into two years," said City Engineer Ryan Stempski at the council meeting.
A Minneapolis-based organization is hoping to get you to make a pledge. It's a simple one: ride any kind of bicycle at least once a day every day in April. The organization, 30 Days of Biking, promises no awards, no fundraising, no ticket prices and no participation tracking. Instead, they simply offer people everywhere a chance to join together in "a truly life-changing activity." The event is definitely not a competition. "It's all for giggles, or as serious as you want it to be," the organization's website reads. "What matters is that we're all in this together."
Hastings got a fresh coat of snow this week, but that's not keeping spring out of the Hastings Civic Arena. Early this week, city crews completed a days-long process of converting one of the arena's two rinks from an ice arena to an indoor turf field.
Rep. Tony Jurgens (R-Cottage Grove) has started moving a bill through the Minnesota House of Representatives that would force the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to hold off on its proposed speed limit increase on Highway 316 in Hastings. The bill he introduced is a short one — just one page — that puts a moratorium on adjusting the speed limit and demands a legislative report and also requires MnDOT to hold at least two hearings in Hastings regarding the speed limit adjustments.
This month at the Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings, books are competing bracket style. The library is calling it March Book-Madness, said librarian Gladys Kim. Library goers can pick which book they think will win the popularity vote. Each week this month, they'll cast ballots for whichever popular books are competing that week. In true March Madness style, the winning books from week one will move forward in continuing competition through four rounds, until only one champion remains. Kim said the idea didn't start in Hastings.
Township elections will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, March 14. Hastings area townships holding elections are Nininger, Vermillion, Marshan, Hampton, Douglas and Ravenna. There are no races for the offices. The Town of Douglas will elect one town supervisor (three-year term) and one town treasurer (two-year term). The candidate for supervisor is Jeff Reed. The candidate for treasurer is Molly Kieffer. Voting will be held at Douglas Township Hall, located at 12409 E. 240th St., Hampton.
Monday evening was a big night for Hastings student musicians. It was the All District Band Concert. The concert gathers all student musicians from fifth grade all the way up to seniors in high school and puts them on the same stage to perform together. A total of seven bands were arranged on the floor of the Hastings High School gymnasium. Each band played a selection of songs on their own, and at the end of the night, they all joined together as one massive band to play "New York, New York."