Weather Forecast


Deluge of rain leaves area rivers running rapid

Tony Locken of Chaska prepares to roll while in his kayak on the Vermillion River in Hastings on Thursday afternoon. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson2 / 2

The raging Vermillion River in Hastings brought kayakers out to Hastings on Thurdsay afternoon. The river is a popular spot for kayakers in the spring, but typically by now the river isn't running quite as fast. 

That changed this week, of course, as several more inches of rain fell overnight and into Thursday morning. More rain is expected to fall Thursday evening. 

Tony Locken of Chaska drove to Hastings to kayak on the river Thursday. He said that summer kayaking here, while rare, is far more enjoyable than the kayaking in the spring because the water temperatures are higher. He was planning on traveling to the North Shore of Minnesota this weekend to hit the whitewater rapids there.

The Mississippi River in Hastings is expected to reach flood stage by Friday. 

The National Weather Service is warning Twin Cities residents to stay out of rivers and streams. 

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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