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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Pat Tripp has been hard at work in Hastings for the past two years, but you probably had no idea of this. It was almost two years ago that he bought Roadside Pump and Grocery after the previous owner had closed the station along Highway 55 near the Midtown Center. It took about 20 months for all the proceedings to be resolved and for Tripp to be given sole ownership of the property. Once that was all taken care of, he, Mary Bauer and his staff got to work.
An increase in thefts from cars and garages have prompted the Hastings Police Department to get a simple message out -- lock your doors. The department has noticed an increase in thefts over the past few weeks. One thief entered an open garage at night and stole a purse from a vehicle. He then walked into the residence, which was occupied, and stole another purse. In one case this week, a man was taking his garbage to the curb at 4 a.m. and found a man in his garage.
The Hastings boys tennis team almost pulled off a huge upset last week, but eventually fell to the Stillwater Ponies, 4-3. Stillwater won all four matches in singles, but strong play by three Hastings doubles teams made the match close. Hastings won all three matches in doubles. Matt Lund and Cody Arndtson teamed up to win 6-4, 6-0, at first doubles. Chase Kasel and Charlie Carpenter won at second doubles, 6-2, 6-2. At third doubles, Jalen Sneddeker and Craig Nielsen won 6-2, 6-4. In singles, Ben Carlson fell 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Ty Mellick lost at second singles, 6-2, 6-1. Ben Klimek fell
The last two seasons, the Hastings girls softball team has placed third at the state tournament. And, for the last two seasons, the North St. Paul girls have placed second. Over those last few years, the two teams haven't had a chance to meet face-to-face. Last week, that all changed in a big matchup for the two schools. North St. Paul entered as the state's No. 2 ranked team. Hastings entered as the state's No. 5 ranked team. Those rankings will undoubtedly change following the results.
Talk about busy: The Hastings boys golf team logged more than 600 miles on the road last week, traveling to a number of big tournaments. Judging by the results, all the driving was well worth it. Hastings competed at last week's White Bear Lake Invitational at Dellwood and placed sixth out of 21 teams. Sam Otto led the way for Hastings with a 79, which placed him 10th out of 126 golfers. Nick Tusa had an 82 that placed him 16th. Matthew Radke had an 85 and Jacob Cooper had an 86 to round out the scoring.
The Hastings Police Department is investigating damage done to the LeDuc Historic Estate at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings. The site manager at the LeDuc reported that between April 18 and April 25, someone had shot out a window of the mansion with a BB gun. A BB traveled through an outer window and hit an inner window, leaving a crack. The crack was less than an inch in size. The BB was not recovered at the scene. The manager estimated that the cost to replace the windows would exceed $1,000 because of the home's historic nature and the original glass used.
Hastings native Derek Stepan had two assists during Saturday's opening round of the world hockey championships in Slovakia. The United States beat Austria in the game, 5-1. On Monday, the United States faced off against Norway. Stepan plays with the New York Rangers in the NHL. The Rangers made the playoffs, but the Rangers fell to the Washington Capitals in five games. Once the playoffs ended, Stepan left for Slovakia. Stepan finished his rookie season with 21 goals and 24 assists. He was the fourth-leading scorer on the team.
With one swing of the bat, the Hastings girls softball team scored more runs last week than their opponents combined. In the first inning of Thursday's game against Forest Lake, HHS junior Lori Bauer hit a grand slam. Hastings went on to win, 8-2. On Monday, Hastings got another win, this time beating Park, 11-1, in six innings. The grand slam was Bauer's second home run of the year.
The Hastings boys golf team finally got back out on the course Monday, where the Raiders played in the White Bear Lake Invitational at Dellwood Golf Course. Hastings placed 10th out of 20 teams with a team score of 332. "Not one of the kids played there before, so I thought we played as well as we could have," coach Pete McGinnis said. "Knowing where to hit the ball off the tee is very important, and with all the hazards around the course, that cost us some shots.
The Hastings baseball team earned its second win of the season on Monday in a game against Woodbury. The win didn't come easy. Hastings went to 11 innings to beat the Royals, 1-0. "What a great character win for our kids," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We had numerous chances early in the game to scratch out a run, but our guys continued to battle and broke through in the 11th." In the 11th, Wes Hedlund and Andrew Lindberg each singled. Hedlund eventually advanced to third base on an error. He was thrown out at the plate.