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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Mark Weber has been busy lately. He's been the subject of much media attention, thanks to a self-published book he wrote called "Tell My Sons." On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Rosemount resident will return to Hastings, his wife's and his grandparent's hometown, to present the book to Hastings residents. The book signing event will be held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Weber, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan in July of 2010. He was to work for General David Petraeus - a personal request from the general.
Hastings City Administrator Dave Osberg is one of four finalists in the City of Eagan's hunt for a new city administrator. Eagan City Administrator Thomas Hedges is the city's first administrator and has held the job since 1976. He announced his retirement last September. Since then, the Eagan City Council has been searching region-wide for a replacement.
Hastings Police Officer Rene Doffing has agreed to retire early. The agreement, approved by the Hastings City Council Monday evening, states that Doffing will work in an administrative, or non-enforcement related, assignment until his retirement, Jan. 12, 2014. The retirement date is irrevocable. The agreement follows an internal investigation of Doffing's conduct. On Dec. 14, Chief of Police Paul Schnell issued a letter to Doffing in regards to two previous incidents.
Monday, Dec. 24 Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 15th and Walnut streets at 7:51 p.m. One driver failed to stop and yield and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. A 16-year-old Red Wing driver was cited for failure to yield. No one was injured. Wednesday, Dec. 26 A driver reported after the fact that he had been hit by a female driver while backing into his driveway in the 1600 block of Tierney Drive. The two drivers had exchanged information, but the woman's insurance had expired.
The end of the shipping season on the Mississippi River this year brings a brief relief for those concerned about Asian Carp. The locks are closed, meaning the invasive fish won't be able to cross the taller dams at least until barge traffic resumes in the spring. There are four species of Asian carp that are of concern: bighead carp, silver carp, black carp and grass carp. Of those, bighead and silver carp are the most troubling, said Irene Jones, river corridor program director for Friends of the Mississippi River.
Friday, Dec. 14 Two people were taken to the hospital by ambulance following a crash at the intersection of 10th and Tyler streets at 2:41 p.m. Both drivers said they stopped at the stop sign before proceeding into the intersection, and that the other driver ran the stop sign. Saturday, Dec. 15 Jessie Wagner, 18, Hastings, was cited for failure to yield the right of way following a crash at Highway 55 and Ashland Street at 8:11 p.m. Wagner was making a left turn onto the highway and pulled out in front of an oncoming vehicle. Friday, Dec.
Mike Fry, the director of Hastings' Animal Ark no-kill shelter, was the recipient of a prestigious award in the shelter community, the Henry Bergh Leadership Award. Fry received the award for his efforts to create an annual nationwide no-kill day. The program, called Just One Day, launched June 11 of this year. For Just One Day, Fry asked shelters all over the U.S.
The Hastings City Council approved the final tax levy and budget for 2013 Monday evening. Both the levy and budget were increased. The 2013 budget is about $394,000 greater than the 2012 budget, an increase of 1.52 percent. It includes a 2 percent or $234,092 increase to the property tax levy. The total budget will be $26,33,432.
For some, the lack of a marked crosswalk at 13th Street and Pleasant Drive isn't a big deal. To others, it's a safety concern, since it's the closest intersection to McAuliffe Elementary School. A crosswalk used to be painted there. Director of Public Works Tom Montgomery said it was likely lost in 2011.
In January, a new face will be joining the Hastings City Council. Councilmember Mike Slavik is resigning his seat as of Dec. 31 in order to take the vacancy on the Dakota County Board of Commissioners left by District 1 commissioner Joe Harris. The city charter gives the council the ability to appoint a new council member to fill the seat until the end of the term.