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 high school, Rachel Latuff wasn't thinking much about competing in a pageant. After she graduated from Hastings High School in 2009, she went on to college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, to study art education. Her goal was to teach art in K-12 schools. When she was a sophomore in college, she was introduced to the pageant world. There, the Miss Bayfront pageant was held, and the winner had a chance to go on to compete for Miss Minnesota and then Miss America. The next year, she entered the running for Miss Midwest.
Six times this past winter, a group of musicians in their 60s gathered on the second floor of the Onion Grille in downtown Hastings to play music. Originally, it was a sort of throw-back to part of Hastings' past. Musicians Pat Wagner, Paul Peine, John McGree, Bob Blough and Rick Truax, all of whom graduated from Hastings High School around 1971 and 1972, remembered when local bars had Sunday afternoon jam sessions, during which musicians would come to play, said Augie LaRenzie, one of the musicians.
A Hastings woman is working her way into the professional cycling world, and she made a significant step in the right direction recently with a strong performance at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, held June 12 to 16 in the Twin Cities region.
Last Tuesday evening, about 40 runners jogged from Pinecrest Elementary School to Roadside Park, accompanied by law enforcement officers and following a metal torch. It was the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Five people were rescued from the Vermillion River early Wednesday afternoon.
The Hastings Music Festival announced this week that national recording artists Eric Hutchinson and Bucky Covington will be headlining this year’s Hastings Music Festival, set for Sept. 7. In addition to the headlining acts, the music festival will have last year’s fan favorites “Headliner” (also known as “Heart Breaker”) and Brooke Ellis with “Kingsview.”
The Hastings area Rotary is planning to build a public pavilion at Levee Park in downtown Hastings. The plan, as envisioned, would be a multi-use facility to build on the community's connection with the riverfront by supporting personal and public gatherings at a central public space. Monday evening, the Hastings City Council gave its support of the idea by giving the go-ahead to the Rotary to start fundraising.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) announced that it needs many volunteers on a steady basis throughout the summer to meet promised meal shipments to 70 countries around the world. As...
Get ready to get your dance on - for a mile and a half. Black Dirt Theater is holding a "Dancing 2K," a unique event to raise funds for the community theater's upcoming production of "Annie." The idea came out of one of Black Dirt's brainstorming meetings. One of the members suggested holding a walk-a-thon, which spurred another member to suggest something even better: a dance-a-thon.
The door has been opened for a new art-centered development in Hastings. Last week, representatives from Artspace, a non-profit arts development organization, came to Hastings to look at several properties that could potentially be renovated into usable art and artists' space. Artspace was brought to Hastings by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) to explore an alternative, art-centered use for the former Hudson building in downtown Hastings.