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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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