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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Star Wars is coming to Hastings. The third annual Charity Con will be held in Hastings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Hastings National Guard Armory. Charity Con is a Star Wars convention with a mission: helping the less fortunate in the area. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hastings food shelf. Keith Garrick launched Charity Con in 2010. He's a huge fan of all things Star Wars, and wanted to use his passion to help those less fortunate in the Hastings area. But Garrick isn't alone in his mission.
A grass fire burned through a field south of Hastings Tuesday afternoon and encroached upon the back yard of a home in the 4100 block of Shannon Drive. The fire started in a field near the intersection of Highway 316 and Michael Avenue. The exact cause was not immediately known. High winds blew the fire across the field to the northeast, toward the houses along Shannon Drive. At least one home was evacuated, but the flames did not spread to any of the homes. The Hastings Fire Department responded to the call between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
A problem with an electrical transformer in the 1100 block of Bahls Drive led to a fire and power outages for residents in the nearby apartments. The Hastings Fire Department responded at about 10:30 Saturday evening, Sept. 8. When firefighters arrived, the entire box was on fire, said Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt. Two of the three high-voltage lines coming into the box had blown. The box was located right next to an apartment building, so residents there were evacuated while firefighters contained and extinguished the fire.
Thursday, August 23 Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 23rd Street and Pleasant Drive at 1:48 p.m. One vehicle was rear-ended while waiting to make a left turn. Friday, August 24 A Welch woman reported her car had been struck by another vehicle while parked in the Salvation Army parking lot at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 25 A 17-year-old Hastings woman struck a legally parked car in the 1000 block of Westview Drive. Police responded at 2:02 p.m. Monday, August 27 A two-vehicle crash was reported at 7:16 a.m.
To say Brenda Sorensen Krippner comes from a competitive family would be an understatement. Her brother earned a silver medal at the white-water slalom kayaking world championships. Her parents have judged two junior world championships in the sport, three world championships and the Barcelona Olympic Games. Sorensen Krippner herself is a two-time national champion in the sport. When she had children, her focus naturally shifted to her family. The birth of her second child in 1991 led to a more extreme shift.
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.