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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Me and Julio, the newest restaurant planned for Hastings, will open at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14, if all goes as planned. That said, the shutdown of the state government may end up playing a significant role in whether or not the restaurant opens as scheduled. The shutdown will likely affect when new businesses get their required approval from state departments. Me and Julio will only be able to open July 14 if they can get their final inspection completed before then.
All work on the new Hastings bridge has ceased. With the state shutdown putting the Minnesota Department of Transportation on hold indefinitely, all work on state projects has come to a stop. The setback is nothing new to the project. High water late last fall slowed down work, but crews were able to catch up. The bigger problem came this spring with significant flooding and then an extended period of high water. Crews were just preparing to get back in the river, but the shutdown foiled those plans. It is unclear how the shutdown will affect the long-term project schedule.
A dog escaped from its enclosure and killed a neighboring dog. The case is under investigation, and the dog will be subject to dangerous dog proceedings. The incident occurred June 19 in the 700 block of 19th Street West. Officers recovered a black lab dog at about 7 p.m. June 19. The officer working the case made contact with the owner of the dog. The officer asked the owner to come pick her dog up along the 800 block of 11th Street. When she came to get the dog, the officer determined the owner was intoxicated.
The first beer Nick Rondeau actually liked tasted more like pop than beer. It was a Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss that his father Gary had purchased. Gary Rondeau wasn't a fan, in any way, of the beer. "It tastes like pop," he said. He offered a bottle to his son, who gave it a shot. That sip of beer almost 15 years ago changed Rondeau's life. No, it's not what he drinks to this day, but it was his first taste of a craft brew, and his love for beer was born.
During commencement exercises Friday night in Hastings, the Hastings Star Gazette will take photos of graduates as they receive their diplomas. Those photos will then be e-mailed, free of charge, to parents wishing to have the moment captured. Parents seeking to get copies of the photos should contact Chad Richardson at the Star Gazette: firstname.lastname@example.org . The photos will be e-mailed between June 6-10. If you write us and don't hear back, please try calling. Sometimes e-mails get lost in cyberspace, and we don't want you to think we've forgotten about you.
Most Hastings residents know that on the first Wednesday of the month, at 1 p.m., severe weather sirens are sounded. But what do you do if your siren is malfunctioning? What if it is quieter than normal, and what if you can't hear it at all? The answer is to call Joe Kegley at the Hastings Police Department at 651-480-2300, or call the Hastings Fire Department at 651-480-6150. On the Wednesdays that the sirens are sounded, officers from the police department are assigned different areas of the city and do their best to get into those areas to listen for the sirens.
Hastings golfer Matthew Radke placed 46th at the state golf tournament last week in Coon Rapids. The two-day tournament was played at Bunker Hills. It concluded Wednesday. Radke had a first-day total of 80. He shot a 78 on the second day, thanks in part to back-to-back birdies. He just finished his eighth-grade year at HMS and will be a freshman at HHS next year. His day-two total was especially impressive considering the weather, coach Pete McGinnis said. Radke played the first 15 holes in the rain. "It was just incredible," he said.
Changes are in store for the third annual Hastings Music Festival, but organizers remain committed to two things: Throwing a fun party and raising money for Hastings Family Service. This year's festival is planned for 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Jaycee Park along the Mississippi River near the public boat launch. More than $22,000 has been raised for HFS since the inaugural Hastings Music Festival in 2009. The headlining band is Crow, a classic rock band that is best known for its song "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)," which cracked the Billboard Top 20 in 1969.
A suspect in the rash of burglaries from the Hastings-area was arrested early Monday morning in Cottage Grove. The man, 33-year-old Sean Michael Ancel of Hastings, was arrested on the probable cause charge of first degree burglary. He is being held in the Washington County jail pending charges. Over the past several weeks, as investigators began to focus on Ancel as a possible suspect, police worked to minimize risk by reminding residents to close and lock garage doors.
Hastings Middle School eighth-grader Matthew Radke is busy this week competing in the state golf tournament. The lone Hastings representative played his first round Tuesday and his second round on Wednesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Radke shot an 80 on Tuesday and was tied for 49th after one round. On Tuesday, Radke had a 39 on the front nine and a 41 on the back nine. In the second day of play Radke shot a 78 with a 39 on the front nine and a 39 on the back nine. His two-day total was 158. The winner was Max Kelly of Forest Lake, who shot a 143. There are 88 golfers competing in