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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Last weekend's blizzard has left many residents scrambling to get their driveways and sidewalks clear, but there's another area of their homes they should check: their gas meters and vents. The heavy snow and drifting has plugged and covered meters and vents all over the city, said John Townsend, Hastings' assistant fire and EMS director, and that can cause natural gas or carbon monoxide buildups inside the home. "It's real important that people get out and clear them," Townsend said. In just a couple days, the fire department responded to 12 calls related to blocked vents, compared to the
In an attempt to encourage economic growth, the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA) has selected a consultant to help them attract, retain and promote local business and encourage residents to shop local. HEDRA sent out a request for qualifications in September, but got little response.
By this time next year, the corner of Vermillion Street and County Road 46/47 could be home to a new Kwik Trip gas station, convenience store and car wash. Last week, the company had two buildings torn down near the corner of Vermillion Street and County Road 46/47, properties it purchased in July. Kwik Trip is in the process of acquiring a third lot on the corner where Wayne 's Auto Body and Hastings Radiator are, and a home along CR 46/47 as well.
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.