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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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.
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.