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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This holiday season, Hastings resident Neville Amondson is hoping that drivers will make a decision to not drink and drive. "I don't want people to go through what I had to go through over the holidays," he said. On Wednesday morning, he spoke with students in Hastings High School's driver education classes about his own experiences with drunk driving. His story began in about 1980 in Wisconsin, when he was in his early 20s. He had gotten drunk at a party, got in his car to drive home and even drank a bit more while behind the wheel.
On Dec. 3, Everett and Betty Turnbull celebrated 63 years of marriage. They didn't make much of the day; they only planned a dinner out with their son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. The Turnbulls met in 1949 in Minneapolis. Everett lived in Hastings and Betty lived in Brainerd, but both ended up at a weekly dance, where they first got to know each other. They enjoyed being in each other's company, and the dancing went well, also. "We seemed to dance good together," Everett recalled. On Jan. 3, 1949, the two started going together, Betty said. On Dec. 3, 1949, they were married.
It's always a shock for parents to learn their child has cancer, especially when the child is still young. For the Stapleton family, the shock came when their son, Marek, was only seven weeks old. Marek is the third and youngest child of Hastings residents Jason and Krissy Stapleton. The Stapletons' older daughters are Hailee, 6, and Piper, 1. Krissy only stayed in the hospital 24 hours after Marek was born. It was a whirlwind of tests and paperwork, Krissy said, and although she never got much time to thoroughly look him over herself, baby Marek passed all his screenings.
Hastings' Director of Parks and Recreation Barry Bernstein recently announced his resignation. The Hastings City Council recognized Bernstein Monday evening for his work in Hastings by reading a proclamation. Bernstein has been the Director of Parks and Recreation since July, 2004.
Monday, Nov. 26 Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 15th Street and Pleasant Drive at 1:36 p.m. One driver, headed west on 15th Street, said the sun was in her eyes and she didn't think there was a stop sign. She did not stop. A passenger in the other vehicle reported injuries and was taken to the hospital. Cited for failure to stop was Martha Linkert, 65, Hastings. A driver reported hitting a deer with his vehicle along County Road 47 just east of Riverwood Drive.
Partial demolition on the former Hudson building has begun. Crews from Rachel Contracting began the project Wednesday morning, Dec. 5. Only the newest addition of the building is being torn down. The addition was built in 1974 and has no historical significance. The older sections, built between 1913 and 1946, will remain in place as reuse discussions continue. It doesn't take long to tear the building down. Crews on site estimated it would only take a couple days before the entire structure was demolished. Once it's done, the debris has to be hauled away and the site graded smooth.
Hastings residents will start to see Tennis Sanitation carts soon. Tennis, which won the city's residential solid waste contract, will replace Waste Management as of Jan. 1. Preparations for the shift in service are already under way. Tennis has been working out details with the city since it won the contract in early October. One of the requirements of the contract was that the company has to have a yard waste pickup site in Hastings. The Hastings Bus Company has agreed to let Tennis use part of its land for the compost site.
Las Margaritas is planning a new addition that will bring a new look to Vermillion Street. The addition would add 96 seats to the restaurant. The Hastings Planning Commission reviewed the site plan Monday evening and sent a recommendation for approval to the city council. The plan includes a 2,000-square-foot addition on the south side of the building, on the site of the former Tai Chi restaurant. The owners of Las Margaritas proposed a plan that would close one of the three driveways on Highway 61, leaving the northern and southern entrances.
This weekend, one of Hastings' own is competing for an international title. Miranda McClaine will be competing in the 2012 DockDogs World Championships, held in Dubuque, Iowa, Nov. 15-18. Dogs competing in DockDogs competitions jump off a dock and try for the highest or longest jump or the fastest time to get from one end of the pool to the other.
Just about a month ago, Deana Symons was working for the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, she's running a new storefront in downtown Hastings. Gracie & Me opened at 116 E. Second St. in the beginning of November. Symons decided to leave her railroad job in order to spend more time with 9-year-old her daughter, Gracie, for whom the store is named. It was a good job with good pay, she said, but it demanded huge amounts of time. She would be away long hours and weekends, and some days she wouldn't even get to see her daughter.