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 new Hastings restaurant in a familiar space will open for business Monday. The Onion Grille will open Monday, March 14, in the space formerly occupied by the Levee Café, 100 Sibley Street in downtown Hastings. Wendy Dodge-Agen and her husband Mike purchased the space earlier this year and have since been hard at work inside. They've cleaned, painted, decorated and done miscellaneous repairs inside.
Just more than three months after it opened, the Hastings NAPA store was hit by burglars on March 4. The Hastings Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the suspects. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the department at 651-480-2300 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . More information on the burglary will be added to this story as it becomes available.
The Hastings boys swimming team was well represented at the finals for the state meet Saturday at the University of Minnesota. The Raiders had qualified athletes in five swims for the state meet, and four advanced to finals. The 200 medley relay team finished ninth with a time of 1 minute, 40.45 seconds. On the team were Brandon Underwood, Colby Smith, Hayden Schmitt and Thomas Everson. In the 200 individual medley, Smith placed sixth with a time of 1:59.54. Everson was 14th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:20.23. Smith placed ninth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.45.
A scratched cornea isn't an injury that figures in to most high school swimming meets, but that's exactly what the Hastings Raiders faced last week. Seventh-grader Elijah Reilly was high-fiving a teammate last week after practice. Somehow, the high-five went terribly wrong, and Reilly's cornea was scratched in two places forcing him to miss last week's section meet in Rochester. Reilly figured to race in a relay and in two individual events.
Hastings' newest restaurant, the Onion Grille, will open March 14. Wendy Dodge-Agen purchased the space, formerly occupied by the Levee Cafe, and began work in January to renovate the space. A soft opening is planned for late next week, and then Dodge will spend the weekend refining and revising before opening the doors for good on March 14. The restaurant will be located at 100 Sibley Street. A complete story will appear next week.
Brenda Koch has a word of warning to business owners in the Hastings area: When it comes to marketing your business, don't pay up front. Koch and Randy Brady operate Safer Roads Driving School in Hastings and Woodbury. They were contacted by a man from Eden Prairie who sat down with them in their office and explained some marketing options to them.
It's too early to tell, but it is possible the flood expected in Hastings this spring could delay the construction of the new Hastings bridge. Preparations are under way by the project's contractor, Lunda/Ames, and by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, to prevent the timeline from being affected, but if the flood is a catastrophic one the schedule could very well be affected. Built into the contract are stipulations that would allow the contractor to seek extra time to complete the project.
The Thai Chi restaurant on Vermillion Street in Hastings has closed its doors. According to a sign posted on the front door, a new restaurant is planned in its space. The new business will apparently be named "Amy's Restaurant" and will serve Shanghai-style foods. No further information is available about the new restaurant. Once the Star Gazette gets more information, it will be posted here.
Hastings beat Woodbury Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Section 3AA boys hockey tournament. The Raiders will play Eagan at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the St. Paul Coliseum for a chance to advance to the section finals. Hastings is the No. 4 seed. Eagan is the No. 1 seed. The two teams played against each other once this season. In that meeting on Jan. 11, Eagan won 7-3.
It didn't show up in the win column until Tuesday night, but Hastings coach Chad Feikema knew it was happening. His team, he said earlier this week, was turning a corner. They had played some of their best basketball of the season. Things were looking better. His opinion was confirmed Tuesday night with a decisive 67-49 win over Park. Hastings is now 3-19 on the season, but three of their last four games have gone especially well. "We're playing better now than we have played all season," Feikema said.