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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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.
The new bridge is the center of a lot of excitement in and around Hastings. New architecture and improved traffic flow are a bright spot for the city, but there's a shadow. At least one local business is questioning whether or not it will be able to survive the three-year construction plan. Hub's Landing and Marina sits along the Highway 61 bridge just north of the Mississippi River. Since 1948 it's been offering its marina, public landing and dry storage services to boaters. The marina has always been full, and they've always had a waiting list, said owners Mark and Monica Frazer.
For the first 10 months after Conrad "Connie" Vineyard joined the military in 1943, he played basketball. He had been an engineering student when he decided to join the army. One day he looked around the campus, he said, and all the other men were gone to the war, so he decided to sign up himself. But after spending all his time on the basketball court, without getting any obvious military training, he realized that he wanted to go back to school. The military had a program that allowed soldiers six years to finish college and Vineyard took advantage of it.
In early October, President Obama signed a bill that awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to two combat divisions for their service in World War II. They were the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, two heavily decorated groups mostly made of Americans of Japanese descent. As a member of the 442nd, Paul Shimizu of Hastings is one of the men on whom the honor falls. He was in his early 20s when he served. Shimizu was still in college in Oakland, Calif., and working part time at a Japanese grocery store when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.
Construction has begun on the new Hastings bridge, but it will still be a while before there's much to see. The pile driving process will continue until March or April, said project coordinator Steve Kordosky. Pile driving is the foundation-laying process for bridges. Crews have to sink piles deep enough so that they're embedded with enough friction and resistance to hold up the weight of the bridge, said Mn/DOT public affairs coordinator J.P.
The Hastings Fire Department, Hastings Police and State Patrol joined forces yesterday to rescue a 20-year-old St. Paul man from a fall he had taken off a cliff just west of the old railroad trestle over the Vermillion River. Three young males were at the top of the cliff. Reportedly, one went to sit down, leaned against a log and lost his balance, falling over the edge, said fire and EMS director Mike Schutt. He fell about 30 feet to a small ledge on the side of the cliff.