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Hastings interim administrator Mesko Lee is council pick for city’s top job

April 19, 2013 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

After interviewing three “very strong” candidates for Hastings’ new city administrator Friday morning, the Hastings City Council voted to advance Melanie Mesko Lee forward in the hiring process. Continue Reading

City gets first look inside Hudson Manufacturing building in downtown Hastings

April 21, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

Since the Hastings Environmental Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA) purchased the Hudson Manufacturing Co. building last year, its members knew they were buying a structure that’s not in the best condition. On Monday, they got to see for themselves for the first time just what sort of condition the place is in.
“This is our $3 million fixer-upper,” Community Development Director John Hinzman told the group as he led city commissioners and council members into the building for a tour. Continue Reading

Kwik Trip cancels station plans

March 31, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

Plans for a Kwik Trip station store at the corner of Highway 61 and County Road 46/47 have been canceled, according to the company’s CFO, Scott Teigen. Continue Reading

Eis takes early retirement from police force

March 10, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

It didn’t take long for Mike Schmitz to learn his K-9 partner was going to have what it took to be good at law enforcement.
As Hastings police officers were preparing to serve a warrant at a man’s home, the man fled out his back door. Schmitz and his German Shepherd, Eis, gave chase. Two blocks away, Eis found the man in a backyard. To put it gently, Eis grabbed on to the man and wouldn’t let go. Schmitz heard the man screaming, and he eventually caught up. Continue Reading