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 annual Hastings Music Festival rocked the riverfront Saturday, featuring national performers and raising money for Hastings Family Service. The festival, now in its fifth year, was held at Jaycee Park during the afternoon and evening. The event started with Seb's Medicine, a Red Wing band that won the first Battle of the Bands in Hastings, held in August. They were followed by Brooke Ellis with Kingsview; Bucky Covington; Headliner with Randall Hall, Alex Ligertwood and Patrick Sieben; and Eric Hutchinson.
The Hastings-based corporation, Anytime Fitness, is celebrating. The company recently earned three major recognitions, and legislation it is championing along with Snap Fitness and Life Time Fitness is making its way through the state legislature. On Thursday, Aug. 29, Anytime Fitness hosted a party to celebrate being named "The World's Fastest-Growing Fitness Club" for the sixth year in a row. It was also named "One of America's Most Promising Companies" by Forbes magazine in February and was ranked No. 6 on Entrepreneur Magazine's "Top Global Franchises" list for 2013.
By Sunday, Oct. 6, 16 runners hope to have raised about $50,000 for the Hastings-based organization Defending the Blue Line.
The Me and Julio restaurant is beginning a new addition to its building. Following approval from the Hastings City Council Tuesday, the restaurant expects to start construction within the week. Me and Julio's, located at 350 W. 33rd St., has been serving southwestern fare since opening here in August, 2011. Apparently, business has been good. "It's doing better all the time," said Charles Young, a partner in Charlie Rae Inc., the company that owns the restaurant. The company was co-founded by Young's wife, Linda Young, and Charlie Burrows.
Three out of five commissioners on the Hastings Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of a site plan presented by CVS Pharmacy Monday evening. The plan will be seen next by the City Council Sept. 16.
Plans are underway for a new addition to the Veteran's Park baseball field. The Hastings Parks and Recreation Commission recently voiced its support for a new press box to be built behind the bleachers. Currently there is only an announcer's table present at the field, and that table is falling apart, according to the project summary presented to the PRC. Power is only available to the table by running an extension cord to it, which is a safety hazard.
Bruce Bauer has been earning quite a bit of attention lately. Last spring, he put the finishing touches on his rat rod, and the vehicle has been turning heads and winning awards ever since.
It’s still very early in the process, but the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department is actively looking at options for an off-leash dog park in Hastings. “We’re trying to move...
Back in May, the audience at a Hastings Hawks baseball game got to see the earliest stages of a new venture for Defending the Blue Line. The Hastings-based organization held a soft launch of Defending the Base Line, focused on helping military families see their children participating in baseball.
As a volunteer pontoon captain for the Let's Go Fishing organization, Gene Reuter gets to meet all kinds of people. "It's a rewarding experience, let alone sometimes a rescue mission," he said. That's right, a rescue mission. After taking a special needs group from Farmington out on the water last Thursday afternoon, Reuter was getting ready to pull the pontoon into the dock at the Miss Croix marina in Prescott when he saw a little motorboat with two people in it, paddling.