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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John Dewall is an excitable guy. Whether it's talking about the greenhouse he oversees at Hastings High School, cross country skiing or cross country running, the guy has boundless energy. So, you have to take that into consideration when you listen to Dewall talk about the boys cross country team he has coming out this fall at HHS. Even the most reserved coach, though, would probably be energized by this year's team. "This is the best group of kids I've seen here in probably six or seven years," Dewall said. "I totally have high expectations. They are all running together.
Every August, Katie McAlpin gets excited about swimming. It's a passion she has had since she swam in the school colors for Hastings High School, and it's one that continues on as the team's head coach. This year, that excitement is well-founded. "I get excited every year, but this year it's even better," she said. "We didn't really lose a lot of swimmers from last year's team. We lost only one state-meet swimmer.
It didn't take long for the 2010 version of the Hastings Raiders football team to learn it was snakebitten. Before the season had even started, one of the team's top two running backs went down with a season-ending injury. Then, after just one play of the regular season, the second of those running backs had been hurt, he, too, with a season-ending injury. Coach Dana Strain is looking to put all that behind him and his team in 2011.
Patience is a trait that is hard to teach. When trying to teach it to a number of high school boys on a soccer team that won just two games last year, it's even harder. Just ask Shane Lanning. He's tasked this year with getting his team to exhibit more patience in the face of adversity. He thinks it's one of the keys to the season for the Hastings High School Raiders. "We have to be patient, and we have to possess the ball," Lanning said. "In the past, any time we've gotten in trouble, we've just kicked the ball up the field, or kicked it out of bounds.
Every year at this time, Hastings volleyball coach Rita Girgen is as optimistic a coach as you're going to find. This year is no different. Girgen has high hopes for her team this year. It won't be easy, as the Raiders have just three seniors and two juniors on the roster. That's not troubling her, though. Girgen knows she has a five-year starter back. She also has a four-year starter returning. Mix in some talented underclassmen, and her optimism knows no bounds. "We know we're young," Girgen said. "We're a younger team, but we have a lot of experience as a whole.
Half full? Or half empty? The answer, we all know, depends on how you look at it. The age-old debate fits this year's Hastings High School girls tennis team. If you are a half-full kind of person, you'll want to know that Hastings returns 12 of the 16 players from last year's team. If you are a half-empty kind of person, you'll want to know that the four players Hastings lost from last year's team took with them all kinds of experience, and a staggering number of wins. "We lost four of our starters, and three of them had been three-year starters," coach Craig Raway said.
It's obvious by looking through this week's incident reports from the Hastings Police Department that residents here are a bit on edge after a second possible abduction attempt was reported last week. The department fielded a number of calls from residents regarding a vehicle that fit the description in the recent attempt - a maroon-and-silver truck. Other suspicious vehicles were reported as well, including a blue-and-white van that ended up being an ice cream truck. The department welcomes the calls, Chief of Police Paul Schnell said. "This is what you hope will happen," he said.
Police responded to a disturbance behind The Coliseum at 12:16 a.m. on Aug. 20. According to the police report, multiple witnesses say a man walked in to the Coliseum and created a disturbance. He then left the establishment and was followed home by a group of people. The man reportedly then came after the group of people with a machete. Hastings police responded to the man's home on Eddy Street and found him in the backyard. The machete could not be located.
It just hasn't been a good week for the roommates living in the 200 block of Sibley Street near downtown Hastings. Last week, one man living in the residence reported someone named Steve had stolen ice cream from the residence. This week, another person living there reported a man named George stole some dishes from the residence. It wasn't immediately clear exactly how many dishes were stolen. Police haven't been able to find George or Steve.
On Friday, Abbey Rother had one of the highlights of her 26-year-old life. She was selected to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Minnesota Twins faced the New York Yankees at Target Field. While the pitch sailed outside of the strike zone, the Twins' mascot, TC, caught the ball and then presented it to Rother. She was able to keep the ball and the jersey the Twins gave her. She was so excited about the entire ordeal, she went to bed that night wearing the jersey, her mother Kris Rother said. "She was very, very excited," Kris Rother said.