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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Governor Mark Dayton's state budget proposal has a lot of people talking in St. Paul. While much of the focus has been given over to how the governor would change state sales taxes, there's another aspect that could - if approved - mean major help for Hastings. Dayton's proposal includes an increase to local government aid (LGA) starting in 2014, with an emphasis on improving support to older suburban metro cities like Hastings. LGA is money granted to cities by the state to help pay for city services.
Hastings resident Paul Bernardy knows the importance of education. Bernardy is a retired Navy/Naval Reservist and is in his fifth semester at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights. He's finishing up his Associate of Arts degree there and preparing to transfer into the landscape architecture program at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. His 30 years in the service left him disabled, so he can't do physical labor.
City Administrator Dave Osberg has been offered a job as the city administrator in the City of Eagan. Osberg applied to the position after a recruiter hired by the City of Eagan approached him and asked if he would be interested in submitting his resume. Earlier this month, Osberg was selected as one of four finalists.
Two-year-old Caleb Maaske has been in and out of hospitals and doctors' offices since he was 2 months old. Caleb, the younger son of Hastings couple Chad and Rachael Maaske, started getting croup and strider every time he got sick. He would wake up in the middle of the night not breathing. He sometimes had trouble swallowing, had poor balance, delayed speech development and other issues. The Maaskes took Caleb to doctor after doctor to try to figure out what was wrong, but no one, it seemed, could figure it out.
Here is this week's fire and accident report. Wednesday, Jan. 2 An unknown vehicle struck another vehicle that was parked in the Dakota County jail release lot. The incident was reported at 8:41 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 One vehicle rear-ended another at the intersection of General Sieben and Tierney drives at 2:59 p.m. A 17-year-old driver said he looked down briefly and didn't realize the vehicle in front of him had stopped. Friday, Jan. 4 While turning around, a bus struck the wall of a garage in the 900 block of Lyn Way.
Mark Weber has been busy lately. He's been the subject of much media attention, thanks to a self-published book he wrote called "Tell My Sons." On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Rosemount resident will return to Hastings, his wife's and his grandparent's hometown, to present the book to Hastings residents. The book signing event will be held at the Pleasant Hill Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19. Weber, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan in July of 2010. He was to work for General David Petraeus - a personal request from the general.
Hastings City Administrator Dave Osberg is one of four finalists in the City of Eagan's hunt for a new city administrator. Eagan City Administrator Thomas Hedges is the city's first administrator and has held the job since 1976. He announced his retirement last September. Since then, the Eagan City Council has been searching region-wide for a replacement.
Hastings Police Officer Rene Doffing has agreed to retire early. The agreement, approved by the Hastings City Council Monday evening, states that Doffing will work in an administrative, or non-enforcement related, assignment until his retirement, Jan. 12, 2014. The retirement date is irrevocable. The agreement follows an internal investigation of Doffing's conduct. On Dec. 14, Chief of Police Paul Schnell issued a letter to Doffing in regards to two previous incidents.
Monday, Dec. 24 Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 15th and Walnut streets at 7:51 p.m. One driver failed to stop and yield and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. A 16-year-old Red Wing driver was cited for failure to yield. No one was injured. Wednesday, Dec. 26 A driver reported after the fact that he had been hit by a female driver while backing into his driveway in the 1600 block of Tierney Drive. The two drivers had exchanged information, but the woman's insurance had expired.
The end of the shipping season on the Mississippi River this year brings a brief relief for those concerned about Asian Carp. The locks are closed, meaning the invasive fish won't be able to cross the taller dams at least until barge traffic resumes in the spring. There are four species of Asian carp that are of concern: bighead carp, silver carp, black carp and grass carp. Of those, bighead and silver carp are the most troubling, said Irene Jones, river corridor program director for Friends of the Mississippi River.