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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WELCH -- Bob Fjetland has been around horses for a good part of his life. He's owned horses off and on for about 30 years while working at the refinery. His horses were just pleasure horses, but he always wanted to get more involved, he said. The only hangup was that he couldn't find quite the right breed. After working at the refinery 40 years, his retirement offered the perfect chance to devote more energy to his horses. He and his wife, Deb, started looking more seriously at making horses their prime focus.
Twenty-two years ago, the movie "Field of Dreams" hit the big screen. Its popularity led one Twin Cities newspaper to feature one of the area's own field of dreams - the home of the Miesville Mudhens. A 4-year-old boy was pictured in the article. He was Stephen Edlefsen, the team's bat boy. His father, Brad Edlefsen, was a pitcher for the Mudhens, so it's no surprise Stephen got involved. Baseball proved to be an important aspect of his life.
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.