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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The Hastings City Council approved the final tax levy and budget for 2013 Monday evening. Both the levy and budget were increased. The 2013 budget is about $394,000 greater than the 2012 budget, an increase of 1.52 percent. It includes a 2 percent or $234,092 increase to the property tax levy. The total budget will be $26,33,432.
For some, the lack of a marked crosswalk at 13th Street and Pleasant Drive isn't a big deal. To others, it's a safety concern, since it's the closest intersection to McAuliffe Elementary School. A crosswalk used to be painted there. Director of Public Works Tom Montgomery said it was likely lost in 2011.
In January, a new face will be joining the Hastings City Council. Councilmember Mike Slavik is resigning his seat as of Dec. 31 in order to take the vacancy on the Dakota County Board of Commissioners left by District 1 commissioner Joe Harris. The city charter gives the council the ability to appoint a new council member to fill the seat until the end of the term.
Friday, Nov. 30 Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Red Wing Boulevard and Tuttle Drive at 2:42 p.m. One pulled out onto Red Wing Boulevard and, not seeing the oncoming vehicle, struck it in the side. One passenger reported injuries but refused an ambulance. Cited for no proof of insurance was Gary Hudson, 50, Hastings. Tuesday, Dec. 4 A clothes dryer started on fire at a home in the 3100 block of Village Trail. The alarm sounded at 10:21 p.m. The fire did not spread, and losses were estimated at $500. Wednesday, Dec.
For the past year and a half, Dan Pettit has been giving guitar, drum and bass guitar lessons out of his home outside of Hastings. This week, he opened a new space downtown. Pettit offers private lessons, "garage band" sessions and recording services.
This holiday season, Hastings resident Neville Amondson is hoping that drivers will make a decision to not drink and drive. "I don't want people to go through what I had to go through over the holidays," he said. On Wednesday morning, he spoke with students in Hastings High School's driver education classes about his own experiences with drunk driving. His story began in about 1980 in Wisconsin, when he was in his early 20s. He had gotten drunk at a party, got in his car to drive home and even drank a bit more while behind the wheel.
On Dec. 3, Everett and Betty Turnbull celebrated 63 years of marriage. They didn't make much of the day; they only planned a dinner out with their son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. The Turnbulls met in 1949 in Minneapolis. Everett lived in Hastings and Betty lived in Brainerd, but both ended up at a weekly dance, where they first got to know each other. They enjoyed being in each other's company, and the dancing went well, also. "We seemed to dance good together," Everett recalled. On Jan. 3, 1949, the two started going together, Betty said. On Dec. 3, 1949, they were married.
It's always a shock for parents to learn their child has cancer, especially when the child is still young. For the Stapleton family, the shock came when their son, Marek, was only seven weeks old. Marek is the third and youngest child of Hastings residents Jason and Krissy Stapleton. The Stapletons' older daughters are Hailee, 6, and Piper, 1. Krissy only stayed in the hospital 24 hours after Marek was born. It was a whirlwind of tests and paperwork, Krissy said, and although she never got much time to thoroughly look him over herself, baby Marek passed all his screenings.
Hastings' Director of Parks and Recreation Barry Bernstein recently announced his resignation. The Hastings City Council recognized Bernstein Monday evening for his work in Hastings by reading a proclamation. Bernstein has been the Director of Parks and Recreation since July, 2004.
Monday, Nov. 26 Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 15th Street and Pleasant Drive at 1:36 p.m. One driver, headed west on 15th Street, said the sun was in her eyes and she didn't think there was a stop sign. She did not stop. A passenger in the other vehicle reported injuries and was taken to the hospital. Cited for failure to stop was Martha Linkert, 65, Hastings. A driver reported hitting a deer with his vehicle along County Road 47 just east of Riverwood Drive.