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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As of Dec. 2, the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA) is the new owner of the last bit of commercial riverfront property in downtown Hastings. Not long after, the Minnesota Department of Transportation tore one of the buildings on that property down - at least most of it. The demolition is visible to anyone driving over the Highway 61 bridge or along Second Street.
Businesses and residents near the Hastings Bridge may hear several "claps" of noise from the construction site as a result of the use of small explosives to assess pile strength capacity. The first clap could be heard late this week, if all goes as planned. Explosives are used for "statnamic load testing" on test piles that have been driven into the ground successfully. In total, there will be no more than six of these explosions over approximately two weeks, and the tests should be limited to daylight hours, according to recent bridge work updates. Statnamic load testing began Nov.
There's a new traffic signal to learn. Approved for use by the Federal government this year, flashing yellow arrows are already beginning to appear at the front of left-turn lanes in the metro area.
The Raiders girls hockey team is learning some important lessons about battling it out on the ice. In the past week, the girls won one game against White Bear Lake because they battled the whole game, and lost one to Stillwater because they didn't. Last Tuesday, Hastings beat White Bear Lake, 5-2. "We knew it was going to be a tough game," said head coach Jeff Corkish.
The Hastings boys hockey team got the season started on the right foot Saturday, facing off against Farmington and walking away with a 5-2 win. It was the first time Hastings has played Farmington since the 1980s, said coach Russ Welch. "I like the way our kids played," Welch said. "I liked the way they moved their feet and moved the puck." Because of those two things, he said, the Raiders were able to create plenty of scoring opportunities - opportunities the boys took. The Raiders put the pressure on Farmington's goalie with 34 shots on goal.
State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, announced today her intent to introduce a bill to the Minnesota State Legislature to ban the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill would classify the drug as a Schedule I drug. In order to be classified Schedule I, a drug must meet three criteria: It has high potential for abuse, has no current accepted medical use in the U.S. and lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision. "We know that the use of synthetic marijuana is spreading," Sieben said at a press conference in St. Paul. As of Nov.
Roger and Wayne Rother have been processing meat for 52 years. They started in 1958, when their parents bought a little processing shop along the outskirts of Hastings. "For my dad, this was a good fit," Roger said, explaining that his family had lived on a farm before buying the business. It proved to be a successful business. The family doubled the size of the building to accommodate all their customers.
On Nov. 16, giveMN.org hosted Give to the Max Day, an online fundraising drive for Minnesota non-profits. Two Hastings organizations garnered enough support to place them in the top 50 donation recipients in the greater Minnesota region. More than 3,600 non-profits participated in Give to the Max Day across the state, divided into two regions: greater Minnesota and Twin Cities. Gifts for education The Hastings Public Schools Foundation had 65 people donate a total of $2,860, putting the foundation 42nd on the list. Organizations were ranked by number of donors, not dollar amount.
After sitting on the property market for about a year and a half, the building that once was Papa's Bar and Grill has a new owner. Charlie Burrows and his partner, Linda Young, bought the property a few weeks ago, Burrows said. He and his partner own a few restaurants - Lucky's 13 Pub in Mendota and Bloomington, a franchise store in South Dakota and a Rudy's Redeye Grill in Rosemount. They used to own Axels and Bonfire, until about three years ago.
Without a race for either the mayoral seat or two city council seats this year, Hastings residents took it upon themselves to suggest their own candidates. The Hastings Star Gazette collected the names and compiled them here. Mayor Out of 6,646 votes cast for the mayor's seat, 265 (about 4 percent) were write-ins. Nick Tuckner, sports director for KDWA Radio earned nearly 8 percent of the write-in vote, with 20 supporters. "It's pretty neat that folks in our great city would feel that any of my ideas would benefit Hastings," Tuckner wrote in an e-mail after hearing the results.