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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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.
In January of 2016, the city formally agreed to sell the former Hudson Manufacturing building, located just west of Highway 61 along Second Street, to Confluence Development. That initial agreement stipulated that construction would be finished on the site by June 2017. Today, the site has yet to even change hands. That is, in large part, due to delays in a few tasks that the agreement requires to be completed before the property can be transferred.
Selena Schenach, a second-grader at Pinecrest Elementary School, is the winner of this year's Hastings Family Service Holiday Train coloring contest. The contest, which is open to elementary students in kindergarten through fourth grade, gives local students a chance to win a big basket full of prizes as part of Canadian Pacific Railway's annual Holiday Train event.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash late Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 13, on Highway 61 near 18th Street. According to emergency personnel on the scene, a commercial van stopped quickly...
The Hastings City Council approved a full implementation of a police body-worn camera program at its Monday meeting, Dec. 5. Police have been working through a pilot program for the past year. Every member of the patrol department got to spend two months wearing one of eight cameras, explained Chief of Police Bryan Schafer. In that time, officers were given a chance to test out the equipment as well as new policies guiding how the cameras are to be used.
After about 30 years of singing together, both formally and informally, Bill Strom and Gordon Gathright have finally produced their first album.
The Hastings Pioneer Room, Hastings' own local history archive, recently received a special donation of items from the Old Central High School. Located where Schoolhouse Square now stands, Central High School was built in 1899. It was torn down in 1961 — with much of its contents still inside, said Pioneer Room Curator Cindy Thury Smith.
When Al Weyand was just a boy, he was given a special ring. It was made from the metal of one of the gun turrets on the U.S.S. Arizona, one of the ships in Pearl Harbor at the time of the infamous bombing by the Japanese. Weyand's uncle, Walter O. Murphy, was serving on the ship at the time of the attacks and had the ring made for Weyand. "He came to California and the first thing he gave me was this ring," Weyand recalled.