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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A total of eight Hastings youths were cited for underage consumption of alcohol following two busts by the Hastings Police Department. On June 8 at 12:52 a.m., police were called to a possible underage drinking party in the 1200 block of Honeysuckle Lane. Officers observed an unattended bonfire and eventually made contact with five youths, all under 21, who had all been drinking. The youths ranged in age from 17 to 20. On June 9 at 2:11 a.m., police were notified that several loud juveniles were spotted on Second Street East near Lea Street.
Hastings residents who leave their garage doors open overnight may be awoken in the middle of the night to the police ringing their doorbells. A rash of thefts over the past few months has prompted the action by the department. Chief of Police Paul Schnell said a thief or thieves are targeting unlocked cars and open garage doors at night. The open garage doors often times lead to unlocked interior doors, and on several occasions here a thief has walked right into houses and made off with purses and wallets.
A Hastings nursing home has been cited for neglect after a man fell in March and wasn't properly cared for after the fall. The man died two days later at the hospital. According to a report issued by the Minnesota Department of Health Facility Complaints office, the neglect "occurred when staff did not assess, monitor and treat" the resident in a timely manner "when signs and symptoms indicated a head injury." The home cited is Augustana Health Care Center, located at 930 W.
The Hastings softball team won the state title Friday afternoon in Mankato with a 4-0 win over Forest Lake. The state title is the first softball championship in school history.
The Hastings High School softball team will play for the state title at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Mankato. Hastings will face a familiar opponent: Forest Lake, a fellow Suburban East Conference school. Hastings advanced by beating Hopkins, 7-2, in the state semifinal game. Hastings and Forest Lake played against each other once this season. Hastings won that game, 8-2.
The Hastings softball team had a dominating performance in the first round of the state softball tournament Thursday morning in North Mankato. Hastings, the No. 4-ranked team in the state, beat Bloomington Jefferson, 16-1. The Jaguars were ranked No. 5. Hastings will play Hopkins in the state tournament semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday. Hastings had three home runs in the game, and a number of big hits. Treya Connell, Lori Bauer and Kaitlin Stark each had home runs. Hastings played good defense behind Connell, who earned the win.
Three girls golfers from Hastings advanced to the section day of the section tournament last week, thanks to a solid play in the first round. Sadie Karbo, Caitlyn Judge and Haley Jo Kimmen each advanced to the second day of play, which was held at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Karbo shot a 91 on the second day.
There was no rest last week for the Hastings boys and girls track team. It was out of the fryer, and into the frying pan. The team competed at the very competitive Suburban East Conference Championships two weeks ago, then last week competed in the just-as-competitive Section 1AA championships in Lakeville. The Hastings boys placed 14th out of 15 teams.
The Hastings boys golf team will have one representative at the state golf meet next week. Eighth-grader Matthew Radke has qualified for the big meet, which runs Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Radke shot a 78 on the first day of play at Keller, and a 77 on the second day at Bunker Hills. The second round didn't exactly start out well, as Radke had a 41 on the front nine.
A drinking party in the 800 block of 10th Street West on June 3 in Hastings resulted in five citations for underage consumption. One 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds and two 15-year-olds were cited. Police were called to the party just before midnight and eventually a boy let an officer in to the home. He located three juveniles on the bed and one male hiding in a closet. A partially-empty case of Miller Genuine Draft was found. One of the juveniles told the officer that the alcohol was provided by a resident of the home, who had left.