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 Boys Scouts were busy here Friday morning replacing a tattered flag at Regina Medical Center with a brand new one. Boy Scouts from Pack 278 replaced the flag during a ceremony in front of the clinic. The flag was then delivered to the American Legion here, where it will be disposed of properly.
The pre-trial hearing for Hastings police officer Rene Doffing has been continued to June 22. The hearing was moved on April 20. Doffing was charged in January with the theft of a corkscrew from a Hastings restaurant. He has been on paid administrative assignment since December 2010. Paid administrative assignment means he is working for the department, but he not working his regular job as a patrol officer.
Lori Bauer hit a first-inning grand slam to give the Hastings Raiders all the runs they need in a Suburban East Conference matchup against Forest Lake. The Raiders went on to win, 8-2, on Thursday afternoon at HHS. Bauer hit the ball over the left centerfield fence and raced around the bases pumping her fist, got high-fived by coach Dean Robinson at third base and then got mobbed by her teammates at home. Hastings is now 3-1 on the season.
The only driving being done by the Hastings boys golf team is taking place on the course itself. At last week's season-opening match, Hastings' lineup was so young, there wasn't a single player on varsity that was old enough to have a driver's license. The varsity lineup included two eighth-graders, three freshmen and one sophomore. While the team is young, it appears as though they're going to have another great season.
The Hastings boys tennis team lost a Suburban East Conference match last week to Woodbury, 6-1. The Royals swept the three doubles spots. The lone Hastings win came at first singles. Ben Carlson, an HHS junior, won 7-6, 6-1. At the No. 2 spot, Matt Lund fell 6-0, 6-2. He is a senior. Playing at third singles, Jalen Snedeker lost 6-0, 6-0. Snedeker is a junior. At the fourth spot, Craig Nielson lost 6-2 7-6. Nielsen is an eighth-grader. At doubles, Chase Kasel and Charlie Carpenter fell 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.
It was an ugly day outside, but the end result was definitely worth it, as the Hastings boys baseball team beat Park of Cottage Grove on Friday, 5-4. Hastings is now 1-3 on the season. "It certainly was not an ideal day to play baseball, but our guys grinded one out against a gritty Park team," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We hit the ball all over the field. We battled back with a huge run in the bottom of the sixth and it was great to see Tony (Hammes) come through with a huge hit in the eighth, preceded by our two Nicks (Bachman and Huemoeller)." David Schoeberl started for the Raiders.
Going undefeated throughout the rough Suburban East Conference is something few softball teams can do. The Hastings Raiders learned that this season in the third game of SEC play, when they fell to Mounds View, 8-3, last Monday night. "They hit the ball hard," coach Dean Robinson said about the Mustangs. "They got on (pitcher) Treya (Connell) early and they stayed there. They had a good eye on the ball. We didn't help her on defense, either. We had six errors. "That's too many errors against a team like Mounds View. They're going to make you pay.
Abraham Mpaka, the fugitive who was arrested in Hastings last month at the Pleasant Hill Library, will be featured Saturday night during the "America's Most Wanted" television program. Mpaka was captured after a tipster phone the program. He was arrested at the library on a Saturday afternoon. He was being sought for murdering his girlfriend. The program airs at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Hastings resident Ryan Levine was a big winner on Wednesday night's showing of the Wheel of Fortune. He won $43,000 in cash and two all-expenses-paid vacations. Through the first found rounds, Levine won $13,000 in cash and the two trips, which had a total value of $13,000. Levine advanced to the final puzzle, which was a phrase. He was given the normal assortment of letters (R, S, T, L, N and E). He then chose H, D, B and O. What he saw when he looked up on the board was "?ord to the ??se." He doubled over with shock upon seeing the puzzle.
Spring must be coming. Jane Lightbourn here at the Star Gazette is starting to panic -- this time of year, she and the Rivertown Lions Club are hard at work on two major projects, and stress is beginning to take its toll. The club is putting on the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday. They're also hard at work on the citywide garage sale (planned for early May). The bunny breakfast is a favorite in my household. First, as the name implies, there's breakfast. It's $5 for adults and $4 for children to get in. Children younger than 2 are free. It will be held from 8 a.m.