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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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.
The Hastings girls soccer team gave up a goal less than five minutes into Saturday's game against Rosemount. It turned out, unfortunately for the Raiders, to be the only goal of the game. Hastings lost, 1-0. "It was a really even game," coach Joanne Teigland said. "We had our chances to come back. We had three really good chances. If we would have finished those, it's a different story." Even though the Raiders lost, Teigland was encouraged by what she saw from her team. "We have nothing to hang our heads about," she said. "The girls played hard. We hung in with them.
There may not be a better 0-3 football team in the state of Minnesota than the Hastings Raiders. Unfortunately for the blue-and-gold, that's of little consolation these days. On Friday, Hastings suffered another close loss, falling to Roseville, 17-14. In the three losses this season, Hastings has been outscored by a combined total of 16 points. "It was a missed opportunity," coach Dana Strain said of the loss to Roseville. "There were dropped passes, missed blocks here or there, special teams mistakes. It wasn't any one guy, or any play. It all snowballs.
Consider it a sign of the times: things went wrong last week for the Hastings volleyball team and the Raiders lost two games. That said, the Raiders still have a winning record on the season, proof of how far the team has come this year, coach Rita Girgen said. "At 6-5, we're still sitting in a good place right now," Girgen said. "We've had some big wins that we hope to build on.
Hastings police made a traffic stop on a male driver, who was later arrested for DWI, then learned his two young children were at home unsupervised. The stop occurred at 2:01 a.m. Sept. 15. The man had left the children, ages 2 and 3, alone in the house while they slept. It is unknown how long he was away. The mother, who was at work, was called. She returned to the family's home and found the children still sleeping. Charges against the man are pending.
Hastings police responded to a report of a woman who was intoxicated and foaming at the mouth while in a hot tub in the 2400 block of Vermillion Street at 6:31 p.m. Sept. 14. The woman had to be assisted out of the hot tub, and there was concern by the reporting party that the woman was foaming from her mouth. The woman was located, and was found to be intoxicated, but she was no longer foaming at the mouth. She was left in the care of a sober friend.
Early Thursday morning, a Hastings woman on her way to work stopped by Caribou Coffee here for a cup of coffee. She ended up running her car into the UPS Store. The vehicle did extensive damage to the front of the building, including knocking out two big windows there. The woman apparently pushed the wrong pedal as she was pulling in to her parking spot. The UPS Store is open for business, said owner Dee Bergschneider.
The Pioneer Room at the Hastings City Hall holds all kinds of important historical artifacts within its walls. One of those artifacts gets some new life this week, as video shot in 1951 of the Spiral Bridge demolition has been digitized and made available here. The Spiral Bridge first opened to horse-and-buggy traffic in Hastings in 1895, and the wooden structure has long been a landmark here, even after it was destroyed to make room its successor.
The Hastings boys football team slipped to 0-3 on the season after losing to Roseville on Friday night. The final score was 17-14. Hastings fell behind, 17-0, before getting on the board for the first time with 9:20 to play in the fourth quarter. Aaron Stoneberg scored on a quarterback sneak to get Hastings on the board. Later in the fourth, as Roseville was driving, Tate Sykes forced a fumble and Alex Boyer recovered it. That gave the ball back to Hastings at midfield. A few plays later, Ellis Williams caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Stoneberg. P.J.
Hastings High School's homecoming royalty for 2011 have been announced. Girls who are up for homecoming queen are Raven Aakre, Torri Holm, Leslie Lucking, Jackie Sorenson, Jenna Sorenson, Alyssa Spitzack, Esther Susag and Natalie Wilson. Boys who are up for king are Quinn Aakre, Nick Baum, Alex Boyer, Matt Bruch-Andersen, Sean Kelly, Tyler Mellick, Aaron Stoneberg and Ellis Williams.