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New officer joins Hastings police force

Matthew Hedrick joined the Hastings Police Department Monday. Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx

Hastings' newest police officer is officially on duty. Matthew Hedrick was sworn in and given his badge Monday evening at the Hastings City Council meeting.

Hedrick was hired after an extensive search that included several interview panels, rigorous testing and meetings with Hedrick's family. His first shift began immediately after the council meeting.

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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