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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Crews have been hard at work finishing the last pieces of the new Highway 61 bridge, and traffic is expected to be using all four lanes by the end of November or early December.
The Little Log House Pioneer Village south of Hastings will open its grounds to the public in the annual Antique Power Show this week, and a revamped Cottage View Drive-In sign is among new additions to the already diverse village.
Plans are set for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to rebuild the intersection of highways 61 and 10 just north of Hastings. The work is scheduled for 2016. The construction would bring a handful of changes to the intersection. Southbound Highway 61 traffic will get two left turn lanes onto Highway 10 and the first 800 to 1,000 feet of eastbound Highway 10 would become two lanes. Maycrest Avenue would also be realigned to become the fourth leg of the intersection instead of meeting Highway 61 south of the intersection, as it does now.
They've been doing it in Spain since about 1945. Every August, tens of thousands of people flock to the town of Buñol to chuck tomatoes at each other. This weekend, July 31, the tradition is starting in Minnesota. Kevin Walker is one of five organizers of the Midwest Tomato Fest. Two of the other organizers had been in India on a service trip when a girl there asked them if they'd ever heard of La Tomatina, the tomato festival in Spain. When they looked it up and found out what it was about, they had the idea to bring it back to their home state. "We wanted to keep it local," Walker said.
Hundreds of people lined sidewalks outside Hastings High School Sunday afternoon with signs and a message: Hastings and Minnesota do not tolerate hate. The gathering was a counter-protest organized in response to information indicating that Westboro Baptist Church members planned to picket a Hastings High School theater production. The church protest never took place. Westboro Baptist Church, led by the Rev.
Construction has begun on the new Hastings bridge, but it will still be a while before there's much to see. The pile driving process will continue until March or April, said project coordinator Steve Kordosky. Pile driving is the foundation-laying process for bridges. Crews have to sink piles deep enough so that they're embedded with enough friction and resistance to hold up the weight of the bridge, said Mn/ DOT public affairs coordinator J.P.
The Hastings Fire Department, Hastings Police and State Patrol joined forces Wednesday to rescue a young St. Paul male from a fall he had taken off a cliff just west of the old railroad trestle over the Vermillion River. Three young males were at the top of the cliff. Reportedly, one went to sit down, leaned against a log and lost his balance, falling over the edge, said fire and EMS director Mike Schutt. He fell about 30 feet to a small ledge on the side of the cliff.
The construction phase has officially begun on the new Hastings bridge. Representatives from the city, Mn/DOT, Lunda/Ames and area politicians picked up shovels Wednesday morning to throw some ceremonial dirt at Levee Park. "This is a great day for Hastings and all who travel along Highway 61," said State Sen. Katie Sieben. Speakers thanked stakeholders and all involved in the process for their hard work. They also highlighted some of the aspects that make this project special.