Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. 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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If you talk to environmental experts in Minnesota, they will tell you that the health of the Mississippi River in and around Hastings is not what it should be. The problems have been easy to see, they say: murky water, little to no aquatic plant growth, eroding islands and fewer birds and fish.
The Hastings City Council will meet Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda.
This fall, the Hastings Rivertown Lions Club will sponsor a new youth program, the Rivertown Leo Club, for youth who want to get involved with the Lions organization and help their community. Leos is for youth ages 12 to 18 and functions very similarly to the adult Lions clubs. "It's just like the miniature version of us," said Linda Johnson, a member of the Rivertown Lions Club and the advisor for the Leos club.
It started with a mission trip. Cameron Perra, a 2011 graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall who lived in Hastings much of his life, decided to spend his first year out of high school doing some international service work teaching English in Venezuela. But the trip became much more than that, and on Monday, one girl will start living a life free of debilitating scoliosis. When Perra graduated from high school, he wanted to do something different. He wanted to learn more about the world and learn Spanish better. So instead of going off to college, he went to Venezuela.
Back in high school, Rachel Latuff wasn't thinking much about competing in a pageant. After she graduated from Hastings High School in 2009, she went on to college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, to study art education. Her goal was to teach art in K-12 schools. When she was a sophomore in college, she was introduced to the pageant world. There, the Miss Bayfront pageant was held, and the winner had a chance to go on to compete for Miss Minnesota and then Miss America. The next year, she entered the running for Miss Midwest.
Six times this past winter, a group of musicians in their 60s gathered on the second floor of the Onion Grille in downtown Hastings to play music. Originally, it was a sort of throw-back to part of Hastings' past. Musicians Pat Wagner, Paul Peine, John McGree, Bob Blough and Rick Truax, all of whom graduated from Hastings High School around 1971 and 1972, remembered when local bars had Sunday afternoon jam sessions, during which musicians would come to play, said Augie LaRenzie, one of the musicians.
A Hastings woman is working her way into the professional cycling world, and she made a significant step in the right direction recently with a strong performance at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, held June 12 to 16 in the Twin Cities region.
Last Tuesday evening, about 40 runners jogged from Pinecrest Elementary School to Roadside Park, accompanied by law enforcement officers and following a metal torch. It was the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Five people were rescued from the Vermillion River early Wednesday afternoon.
The Hastings Music Festival announced this week that national recording artists Eric Hutchinson and Bucky Covington will be headlining this year’s Hastings Music Festival, set for Sept. 7. In addition to the headlining acts, the music festival will have last year’s fan favorites “Headliner” (also known as “Heart Breaker”) and Brooke Ellis with “Kingsview.”