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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Sunday, July 15 Police responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a post at Walmart the previous evening. Police found the vehicle with severe damage parked in a handicapped space. The concrete around the post had been lifted up. The incident is under investigation. Police responded to a head-on crash on the Highway 61 bridge at 11:17 p.m. While slowing his vehicle down for an excessive amount of mayflies on the bridge, a Snohomish, Wash., man lost control and slid into oncoming traffic.
Hastings' Caring Hands Massage and Spa is celebrating 30 years of business this year. "It's a super special time and a special time of feeling grateful," said owner David Mueller. Mueller opened Caring Hands 30 years ago in South Minneapolis as a part time practice while he was still in school for counseling and human services.
They're all neighbors. They've known each other for years. Their backyards in south Hastings are all connected. And by the end of this winter, they'll all have new babies. Nikki Krauth is one of the seven mothers and mothers-to-be expecting a new addition to the family. They talk frequently - most of the women's husbands have been good friends since they were in high school here in Hastings - and it didn't take long to realize the uncommon situation they were in. "It all just kind of started coming together," she said.
There was an easy lightheartedness between Ron Eggert and Dwight Glasenapp as the two long-time friends looked over a vacant tennis court at Hastings High School and recounted tales of their tennis life. Eggert, a Hastings resident, and Glasenapp, a former Hastings resident now living in St. Paul, are the oldest competitors in the Rivertown Days tennis tournament. Both men turned 75 this year. Eggert and Glasenapp met right around 1967, when Glasenapp moved into a house around the corner from Eggert's home, then near Pioneer Park.
It's been nearly a year since Elizabeth Tanner set out to open a new professional theatre company in Hastings. Last week, Tanner and her husband, Jonathan Goodman, signed a lease in one of Hastings' historic downtown buildings and gave NewBridge Theatre Company a home. NewBridge is a company of professional actors and artists committed to providing a quality educational experience through workshops, individual training and internships.
Monday, July 2 A gas line was hit during road construction at the intersection of 17th and Forest Street at 2:10 p.m. The fire department notified CenterPoint Energy. Tuesday, July 3 The Hastings Fire Department sent a fire engine to Prescott at 2:38 p.m. to help respond to calls while Prescott firefighters searched for a missing person. Wednesday, July 4 A Hastings fire engine was sent to Prescott a second time at 7 a.m.
The City of Hastings and Dakota County are hoping that a Federal Emergency Management Agency review of storm damage here will lead to federal reimbursement for costs associated with cleanup. FEMA was in the area early last week to survey damage and get estimates on how much the cleanup was costing. In order to get assistance, Dakota County would need to see costs at about $1.3 million.
Music has been a part of Matt Bruchs-Andersen's entire high school career. He was part of the Hastings High School show choir all four years, sang in Vocal Jazz, participated in a band and also an a capella group. A 2012 HHS graduate, Bruchs-Andersen is going on to DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., this fall to study psychology, but he's not giving up musical performance just yet.
The City of Hastings has approved plans for a new park and ride lot in downtown Hastings. The lot, to be constructed on the southern two thirds of the vacant lot between East Second and East Third streets and east of Tyler Street, is the first visible step towards establishing a transit rail station here as part of the Red Rock Corridor project. The project is being funded by a $600,000 grant from the Metropolitan Council. Plans include 100 parking stalls, a platform area along Tyler Street for potential future bus loading, a lowered island to catch and filter water runoff and lighting.
The Hastings Planning Commission approved plans for a new car wash on the Shell Rapid Lube building at Hastings Chrysler. The car wash is being proposed for use by owners of newly purchased vehicles from Hastings Chrysler and Ford and would be located on the northeast side of the existing building. Planning commissioners approved the site plan after discussing landscaping in the area with Hastings Chrysler's agent, Dan Tilsen of GGG Engineering.