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 newest owner of the coffee shop at 202 E. Second St. is marketing to people of all ages, and so far it's working. "We're trying to cater to all ages and really take care of our customers," Shirley Brantner said. Brantner bought the business in November. She had owned a bakery before, but had to close it down because of her health at the time.
It's time to put on your running shoes and hit the streets once again for the ninth annual Nick Clare Memorial Run this Saturday. The past few years Hastings High School has organized the event. This year, it's back in the hands of Clare's family. The run is a fundraiser for high school scholarships, but it's also how Clare's family remembers him and celebrates his life. "We wanted to memorialize him in a way that expressed his lifestyle," Clare's sister, Jenny Wilcox, said. Clare was an avid runner and participated in cross country, skiing and track at the high school.
Terry Tousignant of Hastings chose a quiet Saturday morning to visit Long Lake for a test flight of his newest homemade creation. It looks like a boat, it's registered as a boat, but unlike a boat, it doesn't need open water. In fact, it doesn't need water at all. The Black Knight, as Tousignant calls it, is a hovercraft. Tousignant first got the idea to build a hovercraft from watching an episode of Junkyard Wars in which a team built one from junkyard parts.
The Hastings boys tennis team played their best match yet against Park of Cottage Grove Tuesday. After losing all their singles matches in two meets one week earlier, the Raiders bested the Wolfpack in three out of four singles matches. Two wins in doubles put the final score at 5-2. Josh Houska won 6-3 in his first two sets in No. 2 singles; Matt Lund won 7-5, 7-6, and 7-5 in the No. 3 spot; and Chase Kasel won 6-2 and 6-0 at No. 4. No.
Hampton made international news in November of 2008 when the city elected Paye Flomo as its new mayor. Flomo is the first native Liberian to be elected to a government office in the U.S., and some have suggested he's the first African-born American to be elected, he said. Flomo's election was hugely popular in his native country. "People were rejoicing in Liberia," he said. His native government is so appreciative of Hampton and the U.S.
The first few Raider boys tennis matches of the spring led head coach Mick Willette to make some changes to the lineup, bringing some of the more experienced seniors to the more difficult singles matches and letting the younger players fill in doubles. "I think that's what we need to do," Willette said. "We need to strengthen that singles lineup." The doubles players have the benefit of experience.
The Hastings Raiders baseball team has had a rough start to its season. After an encouraging win against Farmington, the Raiders lost four in a row to White Bear Lake, East Ridge, Park of Cottage Grove and Mounds View. "The guys are working hard," head coach Paul Hartmann said. "They know we're close." Hastings lost by only one or two points in three of the four games. Despite the losses, the boys are still working hard and having fun, and hopefully that will turn into wins, according to Hartmann. Vs.
We're hoping for successful treatment for Dan Carey, who was recently hospitalized. Carey, a 1967 graduate of Hastings High School, was in a car accident Feb. 27. He blacked out while driving and rolled his car. Carey wasn't injured in the accident, but as doctors tried to determine the cause of the blackout, they discovered a brain tumor. Carey underwent surgery, and most - but not all - of the tumor was removed.
Last Thursday's track meet wasn't a scored meet, but the Raider girls would have won if it had been, head coach Greg Sandkamp said. "This was a meet where I just asked kids to experiment," he said. The team is young, and many of the students are new to track and field, so Sandkamp wanted them to find their strengths.
Even though it was the first time many of them had played a varsity game, the Hastings Raiders boys baseball team found a way to a win in their first game of the season last Thursday against the Farmington Tigers. "It was a good first win," head coach Paul Hartmann said. Hastings made small offensive plays to score most of their eight runs and a strong defense held the Tigers to just one. "We made some stellar defensive plays," Hartmann said. That combined with a steady offense was just the ticket. "If there's a formula to follow, that's it," Hartmann said. Pitching Junior David Schoebe