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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After a promising start, the Hastings girls volleyball team has hit a rough patch as of late. The Raiders lost two Suburban East Conference matches over the last week, falling to Mounds View and to Stillwater. Consistency has been a problem for the Raiders, coach Rita Girgen said this week. "We're looking to have some more consistency with each player," she said. "We know we have the skills. We know the girls have it. We just don't know who is going to bring it and when.
The Hastings girls swimming team beat East Ridge on Thursday, 97-84, turning a close meet into a blowout down the stretch. The meet was held at East Ridge, meaning the Raptors could sweep the diving spots and pick up 12 key points. Hastings doesn't have a diving program because the pool at the middle school is too shallow. After diving, the score was 38-37 in favor of Hastings.
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Hastings police cited two Hastings teens for underage possession of tobacco after a report that they snuck out of the middle school around lunch time to go have a smoke. Cited was a 13-year-old boy and a 13-year-old female. The report came in at 11 a.m. Sept. 22. A 32-year-old Hastings man was found driving his bicycle while drunk near Tenth and Eddy streets at 12:16 p.m. Sept. 21. The man was released to the care of his mother. A person walking on a path near Vermillion Falls at just after noon on Sept. 23 found some clothes under a tree and reported the circumstance as suspicious.
Police were called to help mediate a dispute between two neighbors. One neighbor is mad at another neighbor. The reporting party said that his neighbor's dog keeps urinating on his property, and that his neighbor keeps disposing his lawn clippings on the reporting party's property. Police met with each party and attempted to mediate a solution. The residents are neighbors on Ramsey Street.
A suspicious package was reported on Third Street in downtown Hastings on the road between the Hastings Police Department and the former Hastings Family Service building. The package was a Styrofoam cooler with duct tape on it. The words "Do not move" were written on the cooler with a black marker. The package had been in the road for about four hours by the time Hastings Police received the call on it. "Obviously, with something like that, we're going to err on the side of safety," Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said. "The area was blocked off and the St.
For countless years, there was one photographer people in Hastings called when they need their photographs taken. He was Mac McGoon, and on Sunday, he died. He was 90 years old. McGoon was working for the railroad in Hastings and in between breaks in the action, he would wander around the area of the tracks taking photographs. He kept polishing his skills, then put them to work after a major train derailment in Cottage Grove occurred.
The driver who caused the fatal crash just north of the Hastings bridge on May 3, 2010, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide. The offense is a felony. Anthony Lloyd Mancheski, a 20-year-old Maplewood man, was charged last month in Washington County. The accident involved four vehicles and killed one man, Brian Jacobson, a Lake City man and a member of the National Guard who served two tours in Iraq. Jacobson was married and had two children. According to the complaint, Mancheski was late for work. He had been late twice in the past and was warned not to be late again.
The Hastings girls swimming team kept on winning this week. On Thursday, Hastings had no trouble beating Cretin-Derham Hall in a Suburban East Conference matchup, 101-75. "The girls are really stepping up this year, not just in meets but in practices as well," coach Katie McAlpin said. "They have been working hard, staying positive and have great attitudes this year. I am super excited to see what the rest of the season will bring." The swimmer of the meet for Hastings was Kate Reilly.
Heading in to this cross country season, longtime Hastings coach John Dewall was optimistic about the group of runners he had out for the team. For the boys, he had a young but experienced group of strong returning talent. For the girls, he had a fresh group of young and inexperienced runners in whom he saw potential. Both the boys and girls have lived up to the hype. The girls placed seventh out of 20 teams at the Rochester Mayo Invitational. The boys, meanwhile, were 11th out of 21. "This is the best group of kids we've had in a lot of years," Dewall said.