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 Hastings City Council decided Monday to establish a tax increment financing (TIF) district on the corner of 15th and Vermillion streets, where Linn Companies plans to build a new NAPA store. "In this particular case, I think this is a classic example of the need for TIF," councilmember Joe Balsanek said after stating he's not usually a fan of TIF districts.
Every year for the past 12 years, area golf enthusiasts have been helping support Nathan Mayer and his family by participating in the Nathan's Quest golf tournament. Nathan lives in Big Lake, but his family has Hastings roots that go back for generations, and many of his great-uncles still live here and sponsor the golf tournament each year. At just 8 months old, Nathan was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic neuromuscular condition that causes all the muscles in his body to be weak. At 18 months he started driving a power wheelchair, unable to even sit up without help.
The Hastings Hockey Boosters are raising funds for a new hockey training facility they hope to build at the Hastings Civic Arena. HHB is proposing two options for the facility. One would be a separate building off the southeast corner of the civic arena. The other would be adjacent to the arena at the entryway. The Hastings City Council approved HHBs request to start raising funds for the project and requested HHB conduct a study to see if it's possible for the facility to be attached to the front of the arena.
The Hastings City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 19, at City Hall. Here's a look at what's they'll be talking about: The council could approve a resolution allowing a modification of the city's redevelopment plan to include a tax increment financing district on the plot where Linn Companies plans to build a new NAPA store. The Planning Commission signed a resolution earlier this week finding the proposed district in agreement with the city's general development plan.
It's no coincidence that A+ Tattoo and Old Mill Pawn have both relocated recently. Both businesses were located near the intersection of Vermillion Street and County Road 46/47. The properties were sold recently to gas station company Kwik Trip. "We purchased a chunk of property," Hans Zietlow, real estate director for Kwik Trip, said.
Two Hastings pole vaulters could be competing in San Diego, Calif., next year in the State Games of America track and field meet. Brett Stricker and Trevor Lucking, both high school seniors next year, qualified for the meet through their performances at the Star of the North Games in Rochester June 19-27. Lucking finished first in his age group and Stricker finished second in the ages 17 and 18 group. "It was kind of a bad day, but I still managed to make 11 feet," Stricker said. Lucking vaulted 12-06. His jump was "alright," he said.
One of HFC United's U12 girls soccer teams is playing this week in the Schwan's USA Cup in Blaine.
The Hastings American Legion baseball team suffered a 1-0 loss to St. Paul Park July 6, but it was one of their best defensive games of the season, head coach Mark Bauer said. The defense was led by pitcher David Schoeberl. "Dave Schoeberl pitched one of the best high school games I have ever seen," Bauer said.
This weekend, the local Black Dirt Theater company will be performing The-Super-Fun-Time-Sing-A-Long in Prescott's Freedom Park. One week later they'll be performing for their hometown in Rivertown Days. Black Dirt Theater, which includes Hastings residents Andy Langenfeld, Mandy Langenfeld, Nathanael Raway and Tommy Brauks, will celebrate its two-year anniversary this year. The sing-a-long show is their way to bring people together to have fun. "We were looking for a way to create a fun event for people that by nature was either live or interactive," Andy Langenfeld said.
Paul Schnell's first few days as Hastings Chief of Police were a whirlwind of meetings, introductions and immersion into the community. He's been spending his time meeting with every employee in the department, meeting key leaders at City Hall such as the mayor and council members, and he's been getting out into the community to get to know people in the schools, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and more.