Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. 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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Last Tuesday morning, Danny Dimm was deep in the Canadian wilderness working as a logger. Within hours, his world had been turned upside down. Dimm was reunited last Wednesday with his son Timber, the 5-year-old Hastings boy who had been abducted by his mother. On Aug. 2, Dimm was at Seton Portage, an area without cell phone service. He worked all morning long and planned an afternoon break from the heat. He went to a local restaurant with an internet connection and checked his email.
Hastings Police made a difficult decision during the afternoon of Monday, July 25. An officer attempted to stop a motorist who was traveling 50 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone. The motorist, though, had no intention of stopping. Instead of hitting his brakes, the motorist hit the gas pedal as he was heading out of Hastings on 10th Street near Smead Manufacturing. The driver turned south on Glendale Road and finally onto Highway 316, where speeds exceeded 105 mph. Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell happened to be in a squad car at the time and was monitoring the chase.
Anyone hoping to watch the construction of the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings can do so by visiting the Star Gazette's website. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has webcams mounted in Hastings, and the Star Gazette thanks MnDOT for sharing the feed with us and our readers. A link to the page is attached to this story.
A 64-year-old Vadnais Heights man died after suffering a heart attack while driving on Vermillion Street in Hastings on Sunday afternoon. A medical call came in at 3:35 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, in the 2100 block of Vermillion Street. The man's spouse had reported that he was unconscious and had stopped breathing. Police and paramedics from Hastings arrived on the scene and gave the man CPR, but could not save him. The incident took place in the parking lot of Gordy's Glass.
A 13-year-old Hastings boy picked up four friends and took his mother's car out for a joyride in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, according to this week's police report. A Hastings Police officer saw a speeding vehicle at 2:56 a.m. near Ashland and Vermillion streets.
On Sunday afternoon, authorities in Winona were notified that a body had been found in the Mississippi River. Hopes were raised here that the woman missing since July 21 after going over the Vermillion Falls had been found. Authorities said Monday, though, the woman found in Winona is not the missing Hastings woman. That means the search here will continue for her. Two independent groups of witnesses reported the case. One saw the woman enter the water and another saw her floating below the falls.
Life will never be the same for Stephanie Matasovsky and her family. On a recent Friday afternoon in front of their home in the 400 block of West Third Street, her 3-year-old son Wyatt was politely invited by a stranger in a white crossover vehicle to hop in and head off to the park. Wyatt set his tricycle down and started heading toward the vehicle. Thankfully, Wyatt's father Paul was nearby.
This fall, Hastings resident Butch Kummer will have his rear in gear. He's making it public to serve as motivation to get in shape, and he's hoping that in doing so he'll be able to raise money to fight colon cancer. Kummer will be doing a duathlon in October, starting with a four-mile run. He'll then do a 50-mile bike ride and then another four-mile run. He's hoping to raise $2,000 to $3,000, which he will donate to Get Your Rear In Gear and the Colon Cancer Coalition. Kummer is a survivor of the disease. He was diagnosed with it in 2001. It metastasized and came back in 2006.
The Hastings Hawks got their postseason off to a great start Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Dundas. Mark Moriarty earned the win on the mound for Hastings. He threw eight innings, striking out nine and walked two. He allowed just five hits. Colin Brackeen pitched the ninth inning and earned the save. John Anderson and Jordy Horsch each had RBIs. Derrick Pfeffer and Steve Kraushaar each had two hits. Hastings plays tonight, Aug. 4, in Dundas against Miesville.
A Hastings man was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after urinating in a store in the 1700 block of Market Boulevard at around 8 p.m. July 25. Video surveillance from inside the store shows the man relieving himself in an aisle. His actions ruined more than $34 worth of merchandise that had to be destroyed. Officers went to the home of the suspect who admitted to drinking that night and he admitted to being in the store. A 21-year-old Mazeppa man was the victim of an apparent drug overdose behind a building in downtown Hastings at 8:41 a.m. July 28.