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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Last fall, the City of Hastings finished work on a new trail connection that improved safety for trail users along County Road 46/47, between Pleasant Drive and the Vermillion River overpass. Then, just a few weeks later, in mid-December, the trail was gated off and marked as closed. It has been closed ever since. But trail users can be assured that the new link will be open again soon.
Two years ago, Michael and Paula Bushilla had come to a sad understanding. Keeping their historic and iconic Hope Glen Farm, located just north of Hastings at 10276 East Point Douglas Road, was becoming less and less possible, so they put the farm on the market, hoping to find someone to buy the property. As it turned out, they couldn't find a buyer, so they got to work finding other ways of bringing in enough money to support the farm. They went on the road, team driving trucks across 26 states until Paula's doctor found a blood clot in her leg.
Friday, Feb. 1 A vehicle slid into another at an intersection and left the scene. A pickup was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Vermillion Road and Village Trail when a car tried to make a right turn onto Village Trail, slid on snow and ice and hit the box of the pickup. A witness account helped police track down the car's driver. A citation for driving after suspension and failure to give information was mailed to Paige Mortaloni, 21, Hastings. The crash was reported at 7:26 p.m. Monday, Feb.
Sunday, Jan. 27 A vehicle lost control and struck a road sign while driving westbound on County Road 46 at about 2 p.m. There were no injuries. Icy roads caused a vehicle to lose control and hit an oncoming vehicle on General Sieben Drive near 160th Street. No one was injured. The incident was reported at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 While attempting to turn onto Highway 316 from 33rd Street, a driver pulled out in front of an oncoming vehicle and caused a crash. The driver said he did not see the oncoming vehicle. Charged for failure to yield was Leroy Vandiver, 21, Hastings.
Governor Mark Dayton's state budget proposal has a lot of people talking in St. Paul. While much of the focus has been given over to how the governor would change state sales taxes, there's another aspect that could - if approved - mean major help for Hastings. Dayton's proposal includes an increase to local government aid (LGA) starting in 2014, with an emphasis on improving support to older suburban metro cities like Hastings. LGA is money granted to cities by the state to help pay for city services.
Hastings resident Paul Bernardy knows the importance of education. Bernardy is a retired Navy/Naval Reservist and is in his fifth semester at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights. He's finishing up his Associate of Arts degree there and preparing to transfer into the landscape architecture program at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. His 30 years in the service left him disabled, so he can't do physical labor.
City Administrator Dave Osberg has been offered a job as the city administrator in the City of Eagan. Osberg applied to the position after a recruiter hired by the City of Eagan approached him and asked if he would be interested in submitting his resume. Earlier this month, Osberg was selected as one of four finalists.
Two-year-old Caleb Maaske has been in and out of hospitals and doctors' offices since he was 2 months old. Caleb, the younger son of Hastings couple Chad and Rachael Maaske, started getting croup and strider every time he got sick. He would wake up in the middle of the night not breathing. He sometimes had trouble swallowing, had poor balance, delayed speech development and other issues. The Maaskes took Caleb to doctor after doctor to try to figure out what was wrong, but no one, it seemed, could figure it out.
Here is this week's fire and accident report. Wednesday, Jan. 2 An unknown vehicle struck another vehicle that was parked in the Dakota County jail release lot. The incident was reported at 8:41 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 One vehicle rear-ended another at the intersection of General Sieben and Tierney drives at 2:59 p.m. A 17-year-old driver said he looked down briefly and didn't realize the vehicle in front of him had stopped. Friday, Jan. 4 While turning around, a bus struck the wall of a garage in the 900 block of Lyn Way.
Mark Weber has been busy lately. He's been the subject of much media attention, thanks to a self-published book he wrote called "Tell My Sons." On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Rosemount resident will return to Hastings, his wife's and his grandparent's hometown, to present the book to Hastings residents. The book signing event will be held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Weber, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan in July of 2010. He was to work for General David Petraeus - a personal request from the general.