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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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.
Monday, April 9 Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 10th and Vermillion streets at 3:31 p.m. One rear-ended the other. Four people reported some injuries after a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of 160th Street and Pleasant Drive at 9:09 p.m. Keegan McIntosh, 18 of Hastings, was making a left turn from eastbound 160th Street and failed to see an oncoming vehicle. He struck the vehicle, spun from the impact and struck a third vehicle. The second vehicle also struck the third vehicle and caught fire. The fire was extinguished by the time police arrived at the scene.
Since last fall, Randy and Don Stenger have been working to get their big patch of dirt ready for new customers to dig up. This past weekend, the brothers opened their new business, Extreme Sandbox . Extreme Sandbox really is a giant sandbox. It's surrounded on three sides by a grassy berm. It's filled with deep sandy soil. There are toys - big ones. Kristina Mauersberger and her husband Tim Anderson of St. Paul were the first to play in the dirt.
Monday, April 2 Two vehicles were involved in a minor collision at 7:27 a.m. April 2 at the intersection of Red Wing Boulevard and Vermillion Street. One vehicle rear-ended another. Thursday, April 5 Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a single vehicle crash at 5:04 a.m. April 5 in the 300 block of West 33rd Street. Shannon Kadlec, 37 of Hastings, struck a fire hydrant with her vehicle. Kadlec told police she thought an oncoming vehicle was in her lane, so she moved over but went off the road.
Tuesday, March 27 A two-vehicle crash was reported at 11:53 a.m. March 27 at the intersection of 10th and Vermillion streets. A Welch man rear-ended the vehicle in front of him while trying to move into the intersection. He told police he didn't see the vehicle in front of him stop. There was minor damage. Wednesday, March 28 Firefighters responded to a report of a downed power line in the 800 block of East Second Street at 9:23 p.m. March 28. Responders notified Xcel Energy. Saturday, March 31 An employee at Walmart hit a natural gas line with a fork lift at 1:48 a.m. March 31.
The water from your faucets may turn reddish brown, but it's nothing to be concerned about. This spring, the City of Hastings will be flushing every single fire hydrant in the city, inspecting them and making any repairs needed. Flushing water through the hydrants serves two purposes. The first is cleaning. Over time, iron deposits tend to settle in the water pipes and collect on the walls, explained Public Works Superintendent Mark Peine and Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt.
For John Blaha and his wife, Katie, it was time to move. Currently living in an apartment in Farmington, the couple was ready to upgrade and buy their own home. On April 18, they'll get to start moving to their new home in Hastings - one of four new houses under construction here. It's the Blahas' first home.
A crash between a loaded semi-trailer and a full-sized pickup last Thursday evening was cause for a medical rescue, fire suppression and hazardous material management all at the same time. The semi, which was driving northbound on Highway 52, struck a full-sized pickup that crossed the highway in front of it. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, James Mike, 53 of Hastings, was eastbound on 200th Street (County Road 66) and failed to yield for traffic on Highway 52.
Business has been good for Suzie Dillon, owner of Lilypad Day Spa in downtown Hastings, but the time has come for the business to close its doors. "It's time for me to reinvent myself," Dillon said. Dillon has been doing massage for 21 years, the last nine of which have been in Hastings. The business has had three locations downtown. It is currently located at 103 Sibley St. Dillon got her start in Hastings working for Walker Chiropractic and also worked for Nu Wave Salon before moving to West St. Paul for 12 years.