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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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.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced to Hastings city staff that it will change some of the state highway speed limits in and around Hastings. The decision comes after a roughly year-long effort on the part of the city and some residents to stop the speed limit increase, at least in some sections of the highways.
Hastings High School's show choirs perform consistently well, year after year. The top choir, Riverside Company, routinely earns grand champion awards and long lists of caption awards, like they did just last week. But before the HHS singers make it to Riverside's stage, many of them first compete with Upstage Revolution, the school's prep division choir.
One of Hastings' newest city council members has reached a settlement with his predecessor following a complaint filed with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings in November.
It was cold. It was wet. It was not an ideal day to be outside. But it was a good example of some of the conditions one might have to combat should they get stuck outdoors in a Minnesota winter. That's just one of the lessons learned by about a dozen boys and girls who spent a couple hours at Carpenter Nature Center Saturday for CNC's "Scout Fun Day: Winter Survival" program. Jessie Eckroad, outreach program coordinator for CNC, led the program. The event started indoors, where Eckroad taught the Scouts some of the basics of how to survive outdoors.
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).
Jeff Coon, a resident at Augustana in Hastings, was acting a little crazy Jan. 10 — at least that's what his neighbors thought, he said. He was standing outside in the cold wearing just shorts and a T-shirt, taking pictures of something he doesn't see very often: a male and female pair of foxes meandering around the grounds. In the four years Coon has lived at Augustana Park Ridge, he's seen other foxes around the property, but not like this. "I've always seen just one and ... that one was always moving fast," Coon said.
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.
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.