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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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.
To the editor, With Election Day now behind us, I’d like to thank everyone for their support. It is an honor to continue serving as your state representative, and I...
To the editor, With the election season over and campaign signs abruptly giving way to snowbanks and political TV ads being replaced by commercials for Christmas shopping sales, I wanted...
To the editor, This past weekend, a Healing with Love Retreat was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings. The messages given of love and forgiveness made all...
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