Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. 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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Patricia McDermott spent most of her life on a dairy farm in Iowa. She helped out with chores, feeding the calves and taking care of her family’s sheep. She was born with a mental disability — tests later in her life suggested she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage before she was born — so she had a private tutor for about 16 years. She helped nurse her mother after her father’s death 20 years ago, and after her mother died four years later, she moved into Hastings with her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Bruce Gaylor. Not long after, she found a home in Regina Medical Center’s assisted living facility.
In June, Vermillion native Jena Peine went to Montana to present a paper she wrote to judges at a Western Section American Society of Animal Science competition. She won the contest, and the same paper also took third place in an open applied research paper competition.
Caleb Schmotter just graduated from Hastings High School in 2009, and in just a couple months he'll be on his way to teach a university class.
With a potential major redevelopment plan about to come before the city, the Hastings Planning Commission recently took a look at the document guiding development in the Vermillion Street corridor. The Vermillion Street Corridor Development Guidelines were established in January of 2008 after extensive discussions between city staff, businesses and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.
When Dallas Bauer was born, he was surrounded by doctors. Before his birth, his parents, Jackie and Scott Bauer, knew something was wrong with several of his organs, including his heart, brain and kidneys.
A Hastings teen was one of the select students who got to participate in the Minnesota High School Page Program in the House of Representatives. Angie Thomas, a junior at Hastings High School, spent a week at the Capitol, learning first-hand just how state government works.
After working in human resources for about 20 years, Hastings resident Lori Spence was ready for a change of pace. She had raised three sons, now all adults, and it was time for something new. "It was time for me to be a girl," she said. On July 5, she opened Bridge View Boutique in Hastings. The store, located along Vermillion Street just south of the bridge, offers a mix of new, used, vintage and antique items. There's furniture, mens and womens clothing, jewelry, decor, natural and organic products, artwork, designer handbags and more.
A Hastings area resident found a bear exploring his driveway recently. The resident took a photo of the bear, which was seen about eight miles south of Hastings, near 220th Street and Kirby Avenue.
Looking back on the life of Isaac Lucking, one thing is clear: he lived to help others. He was a chauffeur, an extra hand on a project, a friend. And he always had a way of making people happy. "He was born with one heck of a grin," Patty said. His nickname, "Tubby," came from a mock presidential campaign he and his friends ran back in 2008. They had T-shirts made to represent themselves as candidates; Isaac's read "Tubba-love." When his nephews would come over and have sword fights, he would grab a spatula from the kitchen and join them.
At the end of this month, the Little Log House Pioneer Village south of Hastings will open its grounds to the public in the annual Antique Power Show, and several new additions are joining the already diverse village. One of the most notable additions is the Cottage View Drive-In sign. Steve Bauer, owner of the Little Log House Pioneer Village, acquired the sign earlier this year after Walmart purchased the property the drive-in once occupied.