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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Here is this week's fire and accident report. Tuesday, Feb. 19 Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run that may have happened in either the Cub Foods or Walmart parking lot. A single vehicle crash was reported at 9:49 a.m. in the 21000 block of Northfield Boulevard. The vehicle went off the road in icy conditions. No one was injured. Thursday, Feb. 21 A Hastings Bus Company driver reported at 8:44 a.m. a minor crash that occurred earlier that morning.
When he lived in Chicago, Hastings artist David Cook created sculptures that fit the city's industrial nature. It was moody, haunting and even a little scary, he said. About four months ago, he started a new project that is vastly different. He made a collection of large, brightly colored flowers and temporarily installs them in various spots around the Twin Cities area. "I've been getting nothing but smiles," he said. Cook has been doing art for the past 35 to 40 years. A Minnetonka native, he got the bulk of his recognition in Chicago. There he was known for his sculptures.
Chrys, a long-crested eagle, was never supposed to come to the U.S. Long-crested eagles are native to Africa, and that's where Chrys was hatched. But as an adult, he was trapped and brought to this country illegally, to be sold for the black market pet trade back in the 1980s. The dealers who had captured him cut off the crest his breed is named for in an attempt to get the bird past the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cutting a bird's feathers doesn't cause pain, explained Teri Graves, educational director for the World Bird Sanctuary. And luckily, the U.S.
Hastings police responded to a hit-and-run incident at Hastings Middle School at 2:57 p.m. A driver reported his truck had been damaged while he was inside the school. A witness provided the suspect vehicle's license plate to police, which showed the vehicle had been stolen from an auto repair business along South Frontage Road on Feb. 13. The vehicle had been parked in the business's lot overnight for repair. On Feb. 21, Hastings police were called by a Dakota County deputy who was following the stolen vehicle. Multiple juvenile males were inside.
At the age of 11, Jaydin Peterson and Natalie Sorenson have proved they have some good business sense. The girls, part of Girl Scout Troop 53594, have figured out how to sell large amounts of Girl Scout cookies. Last year, Sorenson and Peterson each sold more than 2,000 boxes during the cookie sale, well over the average 200 to 300 boxes. Peterson was the top seller in the Hastings/Prescott area. One of the big factors in their success was a cookie booth built by Peterson and her father.
Here is this week's fire and accident report. Wednesday, Feb. 13 Firefighters were called to Regina Medical Center at noon for a smoke alarm. A fluorescent light in the elevator lobby had overheated and started to smoke, setting off the alarm. Responders restored the alarm system. Police responded to a report of a car door opening and causing a small dent on another vehicle in the 1300 block of South Frontage Road. Thursday, Feb. 14 A Hastings woman reported that someone had hit the rear corner of her car sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
The Hastings City Council signed an agreement that gives Quality One Woodwork the option to purchase 1.8 acres of city property for $1 an acre within the next nine years. The property is adjacent to the Hastings business's current location, 3005 Millard Ave. Quality One would use the lot to expand its business. Quality One is in the process of attempting to either purchase the property it currently occupies and expand the building or find a new location entirely.
Hastings City Administrator Dave Osberg submitted his letter of resignation to the city council Tuesday evening. His last day is scheduled to be Friday, March 22. Osberg is leaving the City of Hastings to become the city administrator for the City of Eagan. He is set to begin his new job there March 25. "For 24 years I have had the privilege of serving as the City Administrator for the City of Hastings," Osberg wrote in his letter of resignation.
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.