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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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.
Hastings High School senior Trevor Lucking competed in the Minnesota Junior Olympics June 19 in Eagan and earned a spot in the Region 8 Junior Olympics this weekend in Indianola, Iowa. Lucking jumped 13 feet in Eagan, his personal best. He was able to make the height because he didn't stop jumping when school got out, he said. "After track season ended I kept going out," he said. Lucking is spending all this week practicing for the Region Junior Olympics in hope of a top finish. "Top five would be awesome," he said. He competes this Saturday.
Monique Crisp of Hastings will be running in Boston next year.
The Hastings Heat 14-1's volleyball team suffered a tough set of losses in Reno, Nev., last week at the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships, but after arriving home late last Tuesday night their coach found them ready to practice again the next morning. "They're ready to get going for the school season," head coach Rita Girgen said. The girls faced obstacles every step of the way, starting with a series of delayed flights that caused them to miss their first day of competition and forfeit their first three games. Once they started playing, the team couldn't shake their
For about 270 students in the Raiders Express program at Hastings High School, summer is no time for a break. They could be out having fun with friends, earning money with a summer job or just sleeping in, but these kids get up early to make use of the school's athletic equipment and hone their physical skills. HHS has held the Raiders Express program for more than 15 years. "It's been a long standing program in the community I know that's been well-used," said Dana Strain, one of the program's organizers.
For the second year, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is sponsoring the Tour de Hastings bike ride during Rivertown Days. The rides will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Hastings YMCA. The route is similar to last year's, but runs backwards this time to prevent congestion around the parade route, event organizer Bruce Petersen said. Another change from last year is that riders must pay to join the ride.
The Hastings Heat Junior Olympic volleyball 14-1's team took the court at the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships last Friday after airline delays forced the team to forfeit their first three games last Thursday. Six losses to teams from Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin dropped the girls into last place in the division. It wasn't for lack of trying. Once the Hastings girls finally got to play, they scored at least 15 points in all but two of the 12 sets they played.
For the first time in as long as their coach can remember, ten eighth-grade Hastings girls are going to Reno, Nev., to compete in the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships. "This is the first Hastings Heat team to ever go to nationals," head coach Rita Girgen said. "We are very excited to go and compete." The Hastings Heat Junior Olympic volleyball 14-1's team qualified for the championships through a regional qualifier in Bloomington in April. To receive a bid, the team had to place in the top three at the qualifier. The girls have been training since December.
Now that the high school varsity season is over, Hastings Legion Baseball is under way. There are 13 players on the team this year, and many of them are also playing for the Hastings Hawks when the legion schedule allows. The team is mostly made up of the same guys who played on the high school varsity team, and head coach Mark Bauer said he's looking to build on that team's post-season success. There are 26 games scheduled for the team over six weeks. Playoffs start July 21.