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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The Hastings Alpine ski teams are entering a very busy stretch as the season gets going in earnest this month. On Jan. 4, the team competed in a Suburban East Conference meet. Alyssa Gerlach led the Hastings girls with a 22nd-place finish.
The Hastings High School Snow Week royalty was announced this week. Coronation is planned for approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28.
The Hastings High School competitive showchoir season is off to a great start. Riverside Company won the "Grand Champion" award Saturday at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. The team also won two caption awards for the best vocals and the best choreography. Riverside Company is directed by Lin Warren. The choreography is handled by Steven Todd. "It was a big win," Warren said. "It's the start of what I think will be a really good season."
A $10 corkscrew is causing all kinds of trouble for Hastings Police Officer Rene Doffing. Doffing was charged late last week for misdemeanor theft after allegedly stealing a corkscrew from the bar at the Green Mill in Hastings on Nov. 22. The charge is a misdemeanor. If convicted, Doffing could lose his license to be a law enforcement official and could ultimately lose his job. According to the criminal complaint, Hastings police officers had gathered at the Green Mill for a union meeting on Nov. 22. An off-duty Dakota County Deputy, Bryce Schuenke, was seated at the bar.
A 19-year-old Hastings woman, Aleeza Saande, died Sunday afternoon in a crash near Lake City. Saande was south of Lake City, traveling southbound on Highway 61, when her car crossed the centerline and was broadsided by a charter bus. The 2010 Hastings High School graduate is a student at Winona State University. She was on her way back to the school following the holiday break. "She was just this bubbly, smiling, wonderful person," Hastings High School principal Mike Johnson said. "That's what people kept saying about her last night. What a wonderful, wonderful person she is.
In some years, the competition at the annual girls hockey holiday tournament in Farmington had been suspect. This year, that obviously wasn't the case. Hastings beat two really good teams, then lost to another good one, in three games last week. Hastings beat Rosemount in the opening game. The Irish entered the game with a 9-1-1 record. Hastings beat Lakeville North in the second game. The Panthers entered the game with a 9-1 record. In the championship game, Hastings lost to Farmington. The Tigers now have a 9-5 record. Vs Rosemount The 2-1 win over Rosemount was big for many reasons.
The hockey gods are not smiling on the Hastings Raiders boys team right now. Consider these numbers as evidence: 110-76. This was the shots-on-goal advantage that Hastings held during the annual South St. Paul Premier Holiday Tournament last week. 0-2-1. This was Hastings' record during those three games. 5-5-1. This is Hastings' record on the season. The five losses? All came by one goal and two were in overtime. 35-20.
The Hastings boys basketball team lost a pair of games at their own holiday tournament last week. The Raiders lost to Mahtomedi in the first round, then fell to Farmington in the second. Hastings is now 1-5 on the season. In the loss to Mahtomedi, a slow start doomed the Raiders. The Zephyrs took a 38-11 into halftime. "We're just struggling to score right now," coach Chad Feikema said. "We're not shooting a very good percentage as a group.
The Hastings Thrifty White drug store will soon be closing its doors. Employees at the store were told of the news Wednesday night. The store will close after its normal day of business on Jan. 13. All pharmacy records will be transferred to the Walgreens store in Hastings that night and will be available to customers starting Jan. 14. More information on this story will be posted as it becomes available. The business is located on Vermillion Street at the intersection of Highway 55 and 61, adjacent to The Bierstube.
A Hastings police officer is being investigated for theft following an incident here on Nov. 22, 2010. Rene Doffing, a longtime member of the force, allegedly stole a wine bottle opener from the bar at the Green Mill around 6 p.m. Nov.