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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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.
In July, an officer at the Hastings Police Department left the force. Since then, Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell has been at work to fill his position.
Here is a preview of this week's police report. The entire report can be found on Page 4A of this week's print edition of the Star Gazette. A Hastings resident in the 1700 block of Forest Street reported that he had tomato plants and tomatoes stolen from his residence. The theft took place overnight. Four plants went missing. The value of the property was put at $12.50. The white bucket the plant was in was valued at $3. The metal rod to hold the plant was valued at $5. The plant itself was $ and the dirt was worth $2.50.
Good news continues to be made by the Hastings volleyball team. On Monday night, the Raiders beat Farmington to improve to 6-3 on the season. "We had really good composure," coach Rita Girgen said. "We handled ourselves so well in the pressure situations." Hastings won the first two games, 25-22 and 29-27, before losing in game three, 21-25. Hastings closed out the match with a 25-20 win in the fourth game. "We have been making really good plays on the ball," Girgen said. "We're getting smart out there. Defensively, we have been all over the place.
Thursday, Sept. 8, was definitely a day to forget for the Hastings boys soccer team. The team's bus had a small fire that prompted the team to pull off to the side of the road on the way to Roseville. The end result was that Hastings was late to the game, and only had a few minutes to warm up. Roseville took advantage, scoring just one minute into the game. Hastings ended up losing, 7-1. "We were completely unprepared," Hastings coach Shane Lanning said. "We just were not ready to play.