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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Hastings City Council members are getting ready to set the preliminary budget for 2013. At a special workshop-style meeting Monday evening, the council asked staff to start assembling a preliminary budget proposal that would include a 2 percent property tax increase. The council will vote on the preliminary budget Sept. 4. Declining property valuations in the city means that Hastings will see about $600,000 less than this year in property tax income, creating an instant shortfall. That's before considering the proposed department budgets.
Saturday, Aug. 11 A vehicle pulling into a parking spot at the M&H gas station ran into a post. No one was injured, but the vehicle sustained extensive damage. The incident was reported at 2:04 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 Michael Myshin, 19, Hastings, was cited for careless driving after colliding with a legally parked vehicle at the intersection of 36th Street and Century Drive. Myshin told police he lost control when he reached down to pick up a lighter. The crash was reported at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.
Crews started gutting the inside of Valley Chevrolet's showroom last week and started clearing the exterior of the building as well in preparation for a new showroom to be built there. The existing showroom, which has been in place since its construction in 1985, is scheduled to be torn down the end of this week. Steel for the frame of the new building is expected to arrive the third week of September, and Valley Chevrolet is hoping the project is done by mid-November, said General Manager Tom Ward.
Mark Heesch, a 1979 graduate of Hastings High School, hasn't had the smoothest life. At the age of 30, he became a single father of three children ages 4, 3 and 1.
Tuesday, July 31 A gas leak was reported in the roadway at Pine and 13th streets at 11:33 a.m. Hastings Fire mitigated the leak and contacted CenterPoint Energy. One person was reported injured after a crash at the intersection of 200th Street and Red Wing Boulevard. The crash was reported at 12:18 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 A two-vehicle crash was reported just north of the Highway 61 bridge at 4:53 p.m. While driving southbound, a sudden stop caused one driver to brake suddenly. That car stopped in time but was rear-ended by the vehicle behind. Friday, Aug.
When the Hastings Lacrosse Club launched its youth lacrosse program two years ago, there were only about 15 third- and fourth-graders and a seventh- and eighth-grade team involved. They put together a team and got out on the field to see what they could do. It was mostly just to give children younger than seventh grade a chance to try lacrosse. This year, the program is proving its worth. The summer program has one third- and fourth-grade team, two fifth- and sixth-grade teams and one seventh- and eighth-grade team - about 75 players. On Aug.
Two Hastings High School wrestlers put in an appearance at the USA Wrestling national championship July 13-21. Luke Rowh and Dan Marquette competed on the Minnesota Storm team in Fargo, N.D. Rowh was named all-American and placed third in Greco-Roman at 126 pounds. "It was an awesome feeling," he said, "just knowing that I just took third at one of the toughest tournaments in the country." This year was his second year at nationals; he made it to Fargo last year as a first-year cadet but didn't place. This year he won six matches before his only loss.
Two Hastings families are teaming up with an Elma, Iowa, family to bring to Hastings a cause near to their hearts. Alex and Patty Dohman and Brian and Deb Loesch, all of Hastings, and Brian and Amanda Meyers of Elma, Iowa, are hosting the first annual Cornhole for a Cure - a bean bag tournament fundraiser for Dravet.org. The event will be held Saturday, Aug.
Sunday, July 15 Police responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a post at Walmart the previous evening. Police found the vehicle with severe damage parked in a handicapped space. The concrete around the post had been lifted up. The incident is under investigation. Police responded to a head-on crash on the Highway 61 bridge at 11:17 p.m. While slowing his vehicle down for an excessive amount of mayflies on the bridge, a Snohomish, Wash., man lost control and slid into oncoming traffic.
Hastings' Caring Hands Massage and Spa is celebrating 30 years of business this year. "It's a super special time and a special time of feeling grateful," said owner David Mueller. Mueller opened Caring Hands 30 years ago in South Minneapolis as a part time practice while he was still in school for counseling and human services.