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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Outside, snow was falling, quickly coating the grounds and the roads with the first notable snowfall of the season. The weather, however, didn't stop visitors from traveling a couple miles off the beaten path to the Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Inside, the sounds of bottles and glasses clinked under the noise of conversation while people meandered through the Hastings vineyard's tasting room and store Saturday. Eight stations were set up on rustic wooden tables and wine barrels decorated with roses were displaying several bottles of local wines with cheese, summer sausage, chutney and chocolate.
From the day they are born, children are inundated with media. Babies sit in front of a television to watch programs that are supposed to encourage brain development. Toddlers are plopped in front of the shiny black box to help keep them occupied so parents can devote their attention to another task. Children as young as elementary age are attending school with cell phones. Video games take interactive entertainment to a virtual level. Schools guide students to use computers to research and produce educational projects.
There will be nearly 200,000 spectators and 60 million cable television viewers, and Hastings native Tyler Corrington will be at the center of it all in just a few weeks. Corrington, 25, is riding saddle broncos in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 1-10.?It is the first time he has qualified for the national finals. "It's basically the Super Bowl of rodeo," he said.
There's movement at the corner of Ravenna Trail and Glendale Road east of Hastings, and there's some big equipment at the center of the activity. But the excavator, bulldozer and skid steer aren't there to prepare the land for new development. They're there to play. Randy Stenger of Farmington is the owner of the new business, named Extreme Sandbox. The concept is to give adults with no construction experience an opportunity to try their hand at operating heavy equipment. "Our motto is, 'Let the kid in you play,' and that really speaks volumes," Stenger said.
As of Jan. 1, 2012, the City of Hastings' historic reference library, the Pioneer Room, will see its hours cut by more than half. The change is a result of the city's proposed 2012 budget, which cuts funding for a paid curator. The Pioneer Room is a historic reference library focused on collecting and preserving local records and artifacts and making them accessible to the public.
Downtown Hastings has several stores filled with mixtures of antiques and old items. It has stores filled with new items centered around a specific theme. What it doesn't have is a place where people can find an eclectic mix of new items. Until now. On Saturday, Nov. 5, The Carousel opened its doors at 109 E. Second St.
There's a lot of "could-be" when it comes to the former H.D. Hudson Manufacturing building along West Second Street. The Hastings City Council heard the results of a MnDOT sponsored reuse study Monday evening, but offered no clear preference for any of the three potential reuses suggested. The presentation was not designed to give the city options from which to choose a course of action, however.
For Hastings resident Merrilee Carlson, patriotism runs in her blood. She can trace her genealogy back to the Revolutionary War, in which one of her ancestors fought under George Washington at Valley Forge. "I've been doing the family research since I was a child, but I finally just proved it two years ago," she said. Carlson's ancestry gives her entry into the Minnesota Society Daughters of the American Revolution (MSDAR), a group of women who, like Carlson, have proven they have an ancestor who served during the Revolutionary War.
When Danielle Welch, a 2008 Hastings High School graduate, committed to the women's hockey team at Boston College, her coaches promised her and the one other Minnesota player who signed on that they'd get to play in their home state their senior year. They kept their promise. Last month, Welch got to play in Duluth.
It's been a long wait, but the Hastings City Council and Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority are about to hear the results of a MnDOT study on repurposing the former Hudson Manufacturing building. The council will hear the report at its meeting Nov. 7, and HEDRA will hear the report at its meeting Nov. 10. With Hudson Manufacturing completely moved out of the building, the city was able to use the site to host a brownfields workshop sponsored by Dakota County and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.