Chad Richardson has been the general manager and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette since 2007. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the 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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Big changes are coming for a popular business here -- Hastings Gift Garden and Floral will likely be relocated by this time next year. Christine Schaffer, who owns the business, said that she has come to an agreement with CVS Pharmacy to sell the lot her business is on near the intersection of Vermillion and 15th streets. "We have a pending sale of the property," she said. "There's a lot of things that still need to fall into place in order for it to go through."
The northbound lanes of Highway 52 near Highway 55 were closed for more than five hours early Friday morning as the Minnesota State Patrol investigated an accident involving a semi.
No, they're not moving. But Rio Gran is expanding. This fall, the Hastings business will move its grooming school and salon to a new building just north of Hastings, along Highway 61. Rio Gran, located west of Hastings along Fischer Avenue, is a dog boarding, training and grooming facility that has been doing business here for the past 14 years. The business has grown, said owner Karen Beskau, so they decided to expand into a second location.
Countless times over the years, Jean Foster of Hastings would go on long walks with her bird Jojo. At first, she was careful and had the bird’s wings clipped so it couldn’t fly away. But over the years, Foster and Jojo grew closer and on Sunday, Foster figured she wouldn’t have to bother with clipping Jojo’s wings before their big walk at Spring Lake Park.
There have been a few changes in Hastings organizations lately. The Hastings Police Department, the United Way of Hastings and the Ministerial Association and Hastings United Methodist Church each losing leaders, and that has left some people wondering about the fate of another organization: Helping Kids Succeed - The Hastings Way.
A portion of the old Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River in Hastings caught fire this morning. The fire was reported at about 10:45 a.m.
<p></p><p>Rivertown days</p><p>On Sunday morning, the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce was just minutes away from pulling the plug on one of the signature events at Rivertown Days -- the parade. Storms were rumbling through Hastings, and according to one weather service, they were likely to continue.</p>
Two men were cited following a fight at the conclusion of the Rivertown Days parade. The men were watching the parade near 10th and Ramsey streets. According to the police report, 20-year-old Brandon James Bleyle of Hastings approached 50-year-old Gary Thomas Reuter of Hastings and said, "Are you talking crap about me?" Reuter then grabbed Bleyle by the neck, and they ended up falling down together. They fought on the ground for a short period of time before the fight was broken up.
Life has dealt the Margie Caneff family of Hastings a number of big challenges lately. Three-plus years ago, Margie's husband Marty was diagnosed with cancer, and on Valentine's Day this year, he died from the illness. When his diagnosis came in, Margie was left with all kinds of hurdles to overcome. Among those hurdles? Lawn work. To the rescue came several of her friends and neighbors.
Hastings police are investigating a possible criminal sexual conduct near Lions Park on Saturday morning. Just after 9 a.m. Saturday, a woman went to a nearby beauty salon and said she had been sexually assaulted.