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.
- Member for
- 4 years 2 months
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.
On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Hastings Cub Scout Pack 444 presented a special treat to residents at Regina Senior Living. The boys gathered to sing Christmas carols just outside the chapel, accompanied by their parents, scout leaders and a guitar. Several of the residents tapped their toes and sang quietly along with well-known tunes like "Silent Night," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Here Comes Santa Claus" and more.
The members of Hope Lutheran Church in Hastings are, for the first time in more than eight years, searching for a new pastor. Rev. Josh Bernau, the church's current pastor, has been leading the congregation since 2008. It was his first call after completing his seminary training, he said. But now, he's preparing to leave Hastings. Bernau received a call in mid-November to be the senior pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Norwood Young America. On Dec. 4, he announced to the congregation at Hope that he had accepted the call.
Traffic on Highway 61 near 23rd Street in Hastings has been reduced to a single lane each direction today due to a broken water main. The break was discovered at about 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, said Mark Peine, public works superintendent for Hastings. The break involved a 6-inch water line that runs from the southbound side of Highway 61 towards Cemstone to the east. "In the median ... it developed a ring crack, probably due to frost pushing on it," Peine said.
When Anthony Alongi first took a role in Hastings' city government, he did so because he wanted to get involved, he said. He and his family came to Hastings in 1998, and around the year 2000 he joined the Hastings Planning Commission. After a few years, he was given the suggestion to run for city council. "At that time it seemed like too big of a thing," Alongi admitted.
The weather outside was frightful Saturday evening. But the snowfall outside set the stage for a delightful holiday performance inside at the Hastings Civic Arena. That evening, River Blades Skating School presented its holiday show and invited the community to get into the holiday spirit by lacing up their ice skates for the 11th annual Skate with Santa. The show, which filled the stands at the ice rink, featured River Blades students performing solo and group routines. Students ranged from beginners still wobbly on their skates to seasoned youth performers.