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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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
HBS Mediation Services, a small divorce mediation business, opened its doors in a suite on the second level of the MidCountry Bank building in Hastings Jan. 1. The office is quiet and unassuming, and there's only a small window label at the entrance of the building to let people know HBS is there.
The Hastings boys and girls track teams started their season last weekend at the All American Invite in River Falls, Wis., their only indoor meet this spring. Hastings invited Park of Cottage Grove and Red Wing to an indoor time trials meet last week, but that was just an opportunity for the students to experiment with the events, and none of the scores counted, Hastings girls coach Greg Sandkamp said. Seventeen girls teams and 18 boys teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin competed at the River Falls meet. "It's a big meet," Sandkamp said. The Raider girls team score of 16 points placed them
Niki Birk loves her job. She's the manager of Studio 61, a salon located on Vermillion Street just south of Highway 55. "I just like working with people," she said. Working in a salon also gives her a place to release her creativity. "You can be as creative as you want with it," she said. Birk grew up in Hastings and went to school at Aveda Institute.
A simple report of foam on the Vermillion River turned into a case of illegal dumping about a year and a half after Hastings resident Ken Larson first called in a tip about possible pollution. Since August of 2008, Larson has seen an unusual foam forming on the river three times where storm drains feed into it. "A lot of people thought it was natural foam," Larson said. But he wasn't so sure.