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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For the past two decades, Waste Management has been a familiar presence in Hastings, but starting in 2013, the city will have a new waste pickup provider. The Hastings City Council awarded a three-year waste collection and recycling license to Tennis Sanitation Monday evening. The city re-evaluates its waste collection and recycling service every three years. Three years after being licensed, a company can be given a three-year renewal, or the city can ask for companies to submit new proposals.
The Hastings public boat launch is closed while construction crews repair the launch and renovate the site. The launch has been partially closed for the past few seasons, since the city discovered river currents had caused the lower portion of the west launch to fall away. Because of the launch's location on the Mississippi River, the city is working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to repair the boat launch. Along with the boat launch repair, several ground improvements are also being made.
Monday, Sept. 10 Police responded to a crash in the parking lot of the LeDuc Historic Estate at 1:32 p.m. to city hall. A van had backed into the reporting party's rental vehicle. An officer contacted the van's driver regarding the incident. Two vehicles crashed at the intersection of Third and Vermillion streets at 12:30 p.m. One driver, thinking the vehicle in front of him had turned onto Vermillion Street, drove forward. The other vehicle, however, had not moved. Tuesday, Sept. 11 Firefighters extinguished a crop fire at the intersection of Highway 316 and Michael Avenue.
Star Wars is coming to Hastings. The third annual Charity Con will be held in Hastings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Hastings National Guard Armory. Charity Con is a Star Wars convention with a mission: helping the less fortunate in the area. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hastings food shelf. Keith Garrick launched Charity Con in 2010. He's a huge fan of all things Star Wars, and wanted to use his passion to help those less fortunate in the Hastings area. But Garrick isn't alone in his mission.
A grass fire burned through a field south of Hastings Tuesday afternoon and encroached upon the back yard of a home in the 4100 block of Shannon Drive. The fire started in a field near the intersection of Highway 316 and Michael Avenue. The exact cause was not immediately known. High winds blew the fire across the field to the northeast, toward the houses along Shannon Drive. At least one home was evacuated, but the flames did not spread to any of the homes. The Hastings Fire Department responded to the call between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
A problem with an electrical transformer in the 1100 block of Bahls Drive led to a fire and power outages for residents in the nearby apartments. The Hastings Fire Department responded at about 10:30 Saturday evening, Sept. 8. When firefighters arrived, the entire box was on fire, said Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt. Two of the three high-voltage lines coming into the box had blown. The box was located right next to an apartment building, so residents there were evacuated while firefighters contained and extinguished the fire.
Thursday, August 23 Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 23rd Street and Pleasant Drive at 1:48 p.m. One vehicle was rear-ended while waiting to make a left turn. Friday, August 24 A Welch woman reported her car had been struck by another vehicle while parked in the Salvation Army parking lot at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 25 A 17-year-old Hastings woman struck a legally parked car in the 1000 block of Westview Drive. Police responded at 2:02 p.m. Monday, August 27 A two-vehicle crash was reported at 7:16 a.m.
To say Brenda Sorensen Krippner comes from a competitive family would be an understatement. Her brother earned a silver medal at the white-water slalom kayaking world championships. Her parents have judged two junior world championships in the sport, three world championships and the Barcelona Olympic Games. Sorensen Krippner herself is a two-time national champion in the sport. When she had children, her focus naturally shifted to her family. The birth of her second child in 1991 led to a more extreme shift.
Hastings City Council members are getting ready to set the preliminary budget for 2013. At a special workshop-style meeting Monday evening, the council asked staff to start assembling a preliminary budget proposal that would include a 2 percent property tax increase. The council will vote on the preliminary budget Sept. 4. Declining property valuations in the city means that Hastings will see about $600,000 less than this year in property tax income, creating an instant shortfall. That's before considering the proposed department budgets.
Saturday, Aug. 11 A vehicle pulling into a parking spot at the M&H gas station ran into a post. No one was injured, but the vehicle sustained extensive damage. The incident was reported at 2:04 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 Michael Myshin, 19, Hastings, was cited for careless driving after colliding with a legally parked vehicle at the intersection of 36th Street and Century Drive. Myshin told police he lost control when he reached down to pick up a lighter. The crash was reported at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.