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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Hastings High School senior Treya Connell is one of the finalists for the Ms. Softball award, given annually to the top senior in the state. Connell is the team's pitcher and its best hitter. She leads the team with a .535 batting average. She has struck out just once on the season. In 96 innings of pitching, she has struck out 159 batters and she has a 0.73 ERA. "I really consider the Ms. Softball a team award," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. "There are a lot of girls who make plays behind the pitchers. This is an award for everybody on the team.
A second person was booked with two felonies following the standoff here on May 23-24. Savanah Marie Rhodes, 21, was booked on two probable cause charges - obstructing the legal process and aiding an offender to avoid arrest. Rhodes was inside the home on Tiffany Drive in the Cari Park neighborhood during the standoff. She was asked, repeatedly, to leave the house and refused to do so. After the standoff ended she was booked here at 2:56 a.m. She is being held at the Ramsey County jail. The standoff ended at about 12:25 a.m.
The Hastings man who had barricaded himself at his home has surrendered. Kurt Baker surrendered at about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday at his home on Tiffany Drive. He is being held at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. He was booked at 2:07 a.m. on probable cause felony for obstructing the legal process. He was being sought for a probation violation. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
A Hastings man is barricaded inside his home on Tiffany Drive near 36th St. West. The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. SWAT teams are parked with an armored vehicle in the man's driveway. Several agencies are assisting. The man, Kurt Baker, is wanted on a parole violation. Baker has violent offenses in his past and may have weapons inside the home. Those facts prompted the Hastings Police Department to call in SWAT teams. A woman is also inside the home. She is not considered a hostage. Police have been communicating with Baker.
Hastings anglers have mixed feelings about the potential threat Asian carp pose to our local rivers. Nobody seems happy that the potential barrier for preventing the fish from moving upstream is likely to be built in Coon Rapids, leaving Hastings-area rivers with no protection. That said, two anglers here have different perceptions about what will happen when the carp arrive here in big numbers. Jim Preissner, a professional walleye angler, has fished waters infested with Asian carp and said it hasn't affected his luck at all.
Hastings angler Corey Waller expressed frustration with a fish ladder that is going to be part of a major construction project on Lock and Dam No. 3 in Red Wing. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun work on a $70 million project planned there to improve navigation safety and the embankments. As part of the project, a fish ladder will be built to allow spawning walleyes and other migratory fish to travel upstream. What Waller and several other anglers are struggling with is the decision to put in a fish ladder to make it easier for fish to move upstream when the carp are on the way.
The section True Team meet was held last week, and the Hastings boys placed seventh out of eight teams with 456 points. Stillwater won the meet with 878. Eagan was second and St.
Getting as many golfers as possible coming in with a score of less than 100 has been a goal for the Hastings girls team this season, and on Friday two Hastings players met that goal. Sadie Karbo had her best round of the year with a 90. Caitlyn Judge also had her best round of the season with a 94. Rachel Reamer, a consistent player for the Raiders this year, came in just above that goal with a 101. Hannah Hoffman, Haley Jo Kimmen and Maddie Bauer each had 108s. Hastings finished with a team total of 393 and placed 10th out of 12 teams. Judge had the longest drive during the tournament,
An incredible Hastings softball season just keeps getting better. On Monday, Hastings won their third-straight Suburban East Conference title with a no-hitter. Hastings beat Stillwater in the game, 2-0. Winning another league crown was no easy feat this year, especially considering the fact that the Raiders graduated 11 players from last year's team. "When you lose 11 players, that's just crazy," coach Dean Robinson said. Coming in to this season, the team set a number of lofty goals.
The first inning of Monday's Hastings boys baseball game against Woodbury wasn't pretty. The Raiders struggled in the field and fell behind early to the Royals, 4-0. By the end of the game, though, things looked much different. Hastings went on to win, 9-8. "Sometimes it's ok to win ugly," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We were sloppy at times. To our guys' credit, we battled back after being down and put ourselves in position when the game was in balance." Hastings rallied for five runs in the third inning to take the lead back. Nick Huemoeller started off the rally with a double.