Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. 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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Hastings may soon have another church within its borders. Crossroads Church, a multi-site church with locations in Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Eagan, is considering adding a fourth campus in Hastings. "We've been praying a lot and just thinking about what it would take, financially, for us to have a presence in Hastings," said Phil Print, lead pastor at Crossroads Church.
Saturday, Sept. 24, Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center (CNC) hosted one of its biggest events of the year. The fall raptor release is a day when the public is invited to CNC to watch a handful of predatory birds released into the wild after being rehabilitated at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center. According to the Raptor Center's website, the center rehabilitates about 800 sick and injured raptors per year and also works to identify environmental issues that affect raptor health and populations.
Tracy Fritze can often be found in an upper room of her rural Denmark Township home, a room she calls "the soap room." There's no complex equipment, no elaborate production line. The simplicity of her workspace is almost deceptive, as it's where she produces thousands of bars of handmade soap. Fritze is the owner of Faith, Soaps and Love, her brand of handmade soap. It's something she got into years ago, primarily because she had been buying so much handmade soap from others.
With warmer weather last weekend, Afton State Park was full of people looking to fit in some outdoor activity. And for those who want to do something a little more engaging than simply walking the trails, the park offers geocaching. Geocaching is what Linda Radimecky, area interpretive naturalist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, calls a "high-tech treasure hunt." Geocachers use GPS devices to track the location of a hidden container, which typically contains a logbook and several knick-knacks left behind by others who have already found the cache.
Thousands of people swooped in on Carpenter Nature Center Saturday, Sept. 26, for one of the nonprofit’s most popular events. The Fall Raptor Release is a unique educational opportunity. Teaming...
A new solar power construction project will be started southeast of Cottage Grove this year. Geronimo Energy, an Edina-based wind and solar energy developer, has been working with Xcel Energy...
From the start of her pregnancy, Beth Ness-Williams knew that her first child was likely to be born with some medical concerns. Complications began early, the Woodbury native said, and...
It started about 16 years ago. Rindy Gahnz was living in Chicago at the time and was on a 30-mile drive from the office where she worked to her sales...
May 21, Star Wars fans from all over the Midwest will gather in Hastings to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strike Back." They'll be attending Charity Con, the first Star Wars convention to be held in Hastings. "As far as I know, this is the only Star Wars convention in Minnesota," said Keith Garrick, the event's coordinator. Already Garrick knows of people from Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas who are planning to attend. Charity Con is more than just a Star Wars convention. "It's a Star Wars themed charity convention with the aim of raising donations for the local food shelf