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.
- Member for
- 3 years 2 months
Hastings native Jeff Rowe just might have the next big thing. On Feb. 1, he launched Okanjo Partners Inc., (okanjo.com) a website that combines the local side of Craigslist with the instant purchase power of eBay and adds to it a way to be charitable. The 1975 Hastings High School graduate didn't start his career in the online marketplace. He started in radio. After leaving Hastings, he worked in Wisconsin, Chicago and Washington, D.C. He joined Journal Communications in Milwaukee, Wis., as a radio programmer and general manager.
The Hastings City Council's administrative committee recommends that the full council seek outside applicants for the city administrator position. The recommendation was made two days after City Administrator Dave Osberg submitted his official letter of resignation. His final day with the City of Hastings will be March 22. At the committee meeting Thursday morning, Osberg presented details on two options for filling his position. The first was to provide notice of the opening and accept letters of interest and resumes from applicants.
Two small business owners in Hastings have teamed up to provide their clients with even more services. AB CAM Services and Property Tenders, both professional cleaning companies, are teaming up to provide their clients with more comprehensive services. Adam Bonine has run AB CAM Services since 2006.
Here is this week's fire and accident report. Tuesday, Feb. 19 Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run that may have happened in either the Cub Foods or Walmart parking lot. A single vehicle crash was reported at 9:49 a.m. in the 21000 block of Northfield Boulevard. The vehicle went off the road in icy conditions. No one was injured. Thursday, Feb. 21 A Hastings Bus Company driver reported at 8:44 a.m. a minor crash that occurred earlier that morning.
When he lived in Chicago, Hastings artist David Cook created sculptures that fit the city's industrial nature. It was moody, haunting and even a little scary, he said. About four months ago, he started a new project that is vastly different. He made a collection of large, brightly colored flowers and temporarily installs them in various spots around the Twin Cities area. "I've been getting nothing but smiles," he said. Cook has been doing art for the past 35 to 40 years. A Minnetonka native, he got the bulk of his recognition in Chicago. There he was known for his sculptures.
Chrys, a long-crested eagle, was never supposed to come to the U.S. Long-crested eagles are native to Africa, and that's where Chrys was hatched. But as an adult, he was trapped and brought to this country illegally, to be sold for the black market pet trade back in the 1980s. The dealers who had captured him cut off the crest his breed is named for in an attempt to get the bird past the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cutting a bird's feathers doesn't cause pain, explained Teri Graves, educational director for the World Bird Sanctuary. And luckily, the U.S.
Hastings police responded to a hit-and-run incident at Hastings Middle School at 2:57 p.m. A driver reported his truck had been damaged while he was inside the school. A witness provided the suspect vehicle's license plate to police, which showed the vehicle had been stolen from an auto repair business along South Frontage Road on Feb. 13. The vehicle had been parked in the business's lot overnight for repair. On Feb. 21, Hastings police were called by a Dakota County deputy who was following the stolen vehicle. Multiple juvenile males were inside.
At the age of 11, Jaydin Peterson and Natalie Sorenson have proved they have some good business sense. The girls, part of Girl Scout Troop 53594, have figured out how to sell large amounts of Girl Scout cookies. Last year, Sorenson and Peterson each sold more than 2,000 boxes during the cookie sale, well over the average 200 to 300 boxes. Peterson was the top seller in the Hastings/Prescott area. One of the big factors in their success was a cookie booth built by Peterson and her father.
Here is this week's fire and accident report. Wednesday, Feb. 13 Firefighters were called to Regina Medical Center at noon for a smoke alarm. A fluorescent light in the elevator lobby had overheated and started to smoke, setting off the alarm. Responders restored the alarm system. Police responded to a report of a car door opening and causing a small dent on another vehicle in the 1300 block of South Frontage Road. Thursday, Feb. 14 A Hastings woman reported that someone had hit the rear corner of her car sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
The Hastings City Council signed an agreement that gives Quality One Woodwork the option to purchase 1.8 acres of city property for $1 an acre within the next nine years. The property is adjacent to the Hastings business's current location, 3005 Millard Ave. Quality One would use the lot to expand its business. Quality One is in the process of attempting to either purchase the property it currently occupies and expand the building or find a new location entirely.