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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It was 1995 when Hastings area resident Bets Thorkelson started noticing how prevalent breast cancer is. Her son was playing hockey that year, and there were four other hockey moms that had been diagnosed. It might be a good idea to have a screening of her own done, she figured. In 2005, Thorkelson was diagnosed with breast cancer. It took a year and a half of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation to control the tumor. It was during her treatment, in 2006, that she decided at the encouragement of her niece to sign up for the Susan G.
It wasn't the prize Hastings resident Steve Foote was hoping to win, but it was a prize that the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department was thrilled to have dropped on its doorstep. The prize Foote won was a $20,000 baseball field improvement project for his city from Chevrolet's "Diamonds and Dreams" program. At first, Director of Parks and Recreation Barry Bernstein was skeptical, but with some research he realized the prize was legitimate.
It's a story of a troubled boy turned killer who holds a profiler hostage at an old farm, and it happened, in part, just outside of Hastings. The story is fictional - part of the plot for a movie titled "Profile of a Killer," a psychological thriller in which the boy challenges the profiler to make him stop committing his crimes. The farm is real. Located a couple miles west of Hastings, it's been in the Volkert family for more than 100 years. It's most recent resident, Herbert Volkert, moved into it in 1942, said his brother, Ferdinand Volkert, who lives in Northfield.
While attending the University of Minnesota, Devon Erickson's friends started wearing fanny packs whenever they went out. "I think it was more of a joke than anything at first," she said. But then it started catching on. Rather than poking fun at an outdated fashion, more and more students started taking the little hip pouch seriously.
A structure fire burned at least one building on the grounds of a landscaping business along Glendale Road in Hastings on Monday afternoon. The fire occurred around 5:30 p.m. and produced a pillar of smoke that was visible several miles away.
Midtown Center is getting a major facelift. Much of the green wooden façade that used to top Thrifty White has been removed in favor of a front to match that of the Salvation Army thrift store, and what's left has been painted to match the walls better. The reason for the change is an incoming restaurant that will occupy part of the space Thrifty White left vacant. The new restaurant doesn't officially have a name yet, said Ze Qiu, one of those working on getting the family business up and running in Hastings.
There's good news for job seekers in Hastings. A new business, Valley Staffing, has opened its doors here to help them find work. The Hastings office, located at 1125 South Frontage Road, Suite 7, is the company's fourth location in the south metro. The other locations in Lakeville, Shakopee and Faribault have been successful, explained Rebecca Nelson, director of sales and training for Valley Staffing.
Walkers who want to show support for a good cause should mark Sunday, May 6, on their calendars. That's the day of the fourth annual Walk MS in Hastings. Walk MS is hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and serves as a fundraiser to support research and programs for people living with multiple sclerosis. "Walk MS in Hastings is our big walk event," said Michelle Leppert, marketing and public relations coordinator for Walk MS. There are two routes for this year's event. Walkers can choose to walk one mile or seven miles.
A house, garage, pickup truck and camper were destroyed in a fire in the 1300 block of West 17th Street Monday morning. Hastings firefighters were just finishing work at an earlier fire along Highway 55 near Emerald Greens Golf Course when the house fire started, Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt said. "Just as we were pulling away from that fire, we could see the smoke from this fire," he said. Based on the initial information, Schutt immediately called for mutual aid from Prescott, Cottage Grove and Miesville. The 17th Street fire, reported at 11:25 a.m.
It was Josh Wagner's first year of college at St. Cloud State University. He was playing intramural sports when he first noticed the pain in his right leg. Months later he would find out that at the age of 20, he had cancer. When the pain started, Wagner figured it was just something sports related. He had played sports at Hastings High School and kept active in intramurals, so aches and pains were nothing new to him. He took some painkillers, and the pain went away for the summer. The following fall, he switched schools and started attending at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.