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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Here is this week's accident and fire report. Monday, June 18 Police responded to a minor crash at the intersection of 33rd Street and Red Wing Boulevard at 4:46 p.m. One vehicle rear-ended the other when the driver didn't see the vehicle in front stopped for another vehicle. No injuries were reported. Tuesday, June 19 Three vehicles were involved in a crash at the intersection of General Sieben Drive and Highway 55 at noon. Due to severe weather, the traffic lights at the intersection were not working.
Since she was a little girl, Hastings resident Katie Kasel has loved shopping and dreamed of opening her own shop. On Tuesday, June 12, that dream came true with the opening of Lah-Tee-Dah. Lah-Tee-Dah sells contemporary designer clothing and accessories in downtown Hastings.
Three months ago, Donald Mann, a 2008 graduate of Hastings High School, had a life-changing experience. He had just spent some time in Guatemala building houses and distributing backpacks and food to children in need. "It was one of those experiences you can't find words to describe," Mann said. It's an experience he'll get to repeat, if his new business does as well as he hopes.
The battle to keep Braveheart Rescue open is being fought largely by email. The Marshan Township Board received a substantial stack of email letters from people concerning the closure of Braveheart Rescue. Board clerk Marge Snyder presented the printed emails to the board at its meeting Tuesday evening. Several emails were from Thomas Cole, Snyder said at the meeting. Cole had recovered two escaped dogs from Braveheart last November, but refused to return one, claiming the rescue had willfully abandoned the dog. After being charged with theft, the dog was seized from him.
Here is this week's accident report. Saturday, June 9 Police responded to a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle at 3:56 p.m. near Red Wing and Spiral boulevards. A 39-year-old St. Louis Park man made a U-turn on Spiral Boulevard, causing the motorcycle driver, Zane Markham, 30 of Hastings, to lock up his brakes. Markham's bike fell and hit the rear wheel of the other vehicle. Markham reported some injuries but declined medical attention. Markham was cited for no insurance. Tuesday, June 12 Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 55 and Pine Street at 10:30 a.m.
A terrible storm tore through Hastings early Tuesday morning, knocking down hundreds of trees in the city. The storm hit just after 4 a. m. The storm knocked down several trees in the area and led to power outages across the city. According to Xcel Energy, about 2,400 customers in Hastings were affected as of 1 p.m.
Lisa Amble, a 2008 graduate of Hastings High School , recently graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Amble graduated May 25 with a degree in chemistry. Along with her graduation, she was also commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Amble attended Holy Cross with the intent of becoming an officer. Now that she's earned her degree, she's moving on to the Navy flight school - an assignment that many people try to get into but relatively few achieve.
At about 6 p.m. Thursday evening, June 14, a hazardous material release forced residents along East 18th Street to take shelter inside their homes for nearly three hours. Magnesium phosphide, a chemical used for fumigation, was released from the ConAgra Mill property. The fire department is still investigating how the chemical came to be released.
Last Friday night, 410 Hastings High School students donned blue caps and gowns to receive their high school diplomas while their family and friends watched from the stands at Todd Field. The seniors weren't the only ones to get recognition. Five teachers officially finished their teaching careers at HHS.
Eighteen dogs are still waiting at Braveheart Rescue for new, permanent homes. In April, the Marshan Township Board told the rescue, which is located in Marshan Township, that because it didn't have a proper rescue permit, it could no longer operate. The township does not have an ordinance to allow rescues, and board members denied Tracy's request that they create one. Board members gave Braveheart owner Brandi Tracy until July 17 to find homes for all the rescue dogs on her property. Tracy has been running the rescue for the past three and a half to four years, she said.