Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. 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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Back in May, the audience at a Hastings Hawks baseball game got to see the earliest stages of a new venture for Defending the Blue Line. The Hastings-based organization held a soft launch of Defending the Base Line, focused on helping military families see their children participating in baseball.
As a volunteer pontoon captain for the Let's Go Fishing organization, Gene Reuter gets to meet all kinds of people. "It's a rewarding experience, let alone sometimes a rescue mission," he said. That's right, a rescue mission. After taking a special needs group from Farmington out on the water last Thursday afternoon, Reuter was getting ready to pull the pontoon into the dock at the Miss Croix marina in Prescott when he saw a little motorboat with two people in it, paddling.
Crews have been hard at work finishing the last pieces of the new Highway 61 bridge, and traffic is expected to be using all four lanes by the end of November or early December.
Plans for a CVS Pharmacy development at the northeast corner of 15th and Vermillion streets have been submitted to the City of Hastings. The plans are being submitted first to the Hastings Planning Commission. Commissioners will review the plans and discuss them publicly at its next meeting, Aug. 26. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The Planning Commission does not have the final say on the proposal. The commission will vote on whether or not to recommend approval, and the matter will be sent on to the full city council with that recommendation.
In two years, the Bauer family will make an attempt at breaking a Guinness world record right here in Hastings. The family is planning a family reunion at the Little Log House Pioneer Village and hopes it will be the biggest one the world has ever seen.
Artspace has submitted a concept plan for the redevelopment of the former Hudson Manufacturing building. This is the third concept to be submitted for the project. Artspace is a Minneapolis-based non-profit developer that works specifically to provide artists with affordable spaces to live and work. The organization has done redevelopment projects across the nation and in Minnesota, including the Northern Warehouse in St. Paul, the Tilsner Warehouse in Lowertown and The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts.
Billy Sullivan, a 2002 Hastings High School graduate, started making a name for himself in the film industry last year with a short web series, "Frat House Musical." This year, his work is still turning heads. The show was nominated for and won a Student Emmy at the 2013 College Television Awards April 24-25.
Patricia McDermott spent most of her life on a dairy farm in Iowa. She helped out with chores, feeding the calves and taking care of her family’s sheep. She was born with a mental disability — tests later in her life suggested she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage before she was born — so she had a private tutor for about 16 years. She helped nurse her mother after her father’s death 20 years ago, and after her mother died four years later, she moved into Hastings with her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Bruce Gaylor. Not long after, she found a home in Regina Medical Center’s assisted living facility.
In June, Vermillion native Jena Peine went to Montana to present a paper she wrote to judges at a Western Section American Society of Animal Science competition. She won the contest, and the same paper also took third place in an open applied research paper competition.
Caleb Schmotter just graduated from Hastings High School in 2009, and in just a couple months he'll be on his way to teach a university class.