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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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.
Friday, Feb. 1 A vehicle slid into another at an intersection and left the scene. A pickup was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Vermillion Road and Village Trail when a car tried to make a right turn onto Village Trail, slid on snow and ice and hit the box of the pickup. A witness account helped police track down the car's driver. A citation for driving after suspension and failure to give information was mailed to Paige Mortaloni, 21, Hastings. The crash was reported at 7:26 p.m. Monday, Feb.
Sunday, Jan. 27 A vehicle lost control and struck a road sign while driving westbound on County Road 46 at about 2 p.m. There were no injuries. Icy roads caused a vehicle to lose control and hit an oncoming vehicle on General Sieben Drive near 160th Street. No one was injured. The incident was reported at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 While attempting to turn onto Highway 316 from 33rd Street, a driver pulled out in front of an oncoming vehicle and caused a crash. The driver said he did not see the oncoming vehicle. Charged for failure to yield was Leroy Vandiver, 21, Hastings.
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.