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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Saturday's Hastings Music Festival will serve a second purpose as well - it will be a CD release party for 2007 Hastings High School graduate Patrick Sieben. Sieben's debut solo album will be released nationwide on Tuesday, Aug. 9. It's a project he has been working on continuously in 2011. "I'm really excited to have this album out," he said. "Making this record the last seven months has been my life." Advance copies will be available at the festival.
After two months on the run, the law has caught up with Wendi Bartell Dimm of Hastings. She and her 5-year-old son Timber were found at a shelter in rural South Dakota Tuesday, Aug. 2. She was arrested without incident and is awaiting extradition proceedings. Bartell Dimm fled in early June with Timber to avoid giving him up for a four-month, court-ordered visit with his father, Danny Dimm.
Hastings police issued citations to six juveniles after an underage drinking party was busted Saturday, July 30, at 11:08 p.m. in the 1000 block of 15th Street West. An anonymous report prompted officers to visit the home. When they arrived, about 20 juveniles at the party fled the scene through a back door and a basement window, according to a police report of the incident. Police made contact with 19 juveniles, six of whom were issued citations for underage consumption.
The Hastings Hawks had a solid week, taking two games from Randolph last Wednesday in a doubleheader at Veterans Park in Hastings. Hastings won 18-3 in the first game and 10-0 in the second. Jordy Horsch had six hits on the night, scored five runs and had two RBI.
The Hastings Hawks and the Miesville Mudhens have a longer road to get to the state amateur baseball tournament this year. In year's past, two teams from the local four-team Classic Cannon Valley League section (which also includes Red Wing and Dundas) have advanced to the state tournament. The first round of the state tournament had always been single elimination. The single elimination aspect of the first round troubled many baseball purists. "Nobody wanted a single elimination tournament," Hastings player/manager Adam Barta said.
Kurt Baker, the man who was involved in a five-hour-long standoff with Hastings Police earlier this summer, pleaded guilty to obstructing the legal process July 27. The charge is a felony. The case began May 23 in the Cari Park neighborhood of Hastings. A sentencing hearing in the matter will be held Nov. 1.
Police took a complaint of an assertive door-to-door meat salesperson at 4:09 p.m. on July 20 in the 1300 block of 23rd Street. The man was later located and advised to obtain a peddler's permit. A Hastings woman reported her vehicle was taken by her 14-year-old son without her permission at 2:38 a.m. July 22 from the 400 block of Frederick Circle. The boy was heading to a girlfriend's house and was later located by police. Police responded to Tierney Park on the report of a sleeping person at 7:02 a.m. July 22.
Opening a new restaurant is stressful in and of itself. There are the normal construction-related concerns, menu questions and debates, supplier choices to make and employees to hire. Mix in a state government shutdown and what you get is a delay. That's exactly what has faced the owners and managers of Hastings' newest restaurant, Me and Julio. The space was originally set to open in mid-July in advance of Rivertown Days.
If all goes as planned, Hastings will soon be home to another new restaurant. Dickey's Barbecue Pit will open in the location formerly occupied by Wendy's at 1316 South Frontage Road. It is planned to open Oct. 1, 2011. Dickey's is a fast-growing chain with locations in most states. They feature smoked meats liked beef brisket, pulled pork, polish sausage and chicken. They also have sandwiches, sides and family-sized packs. The original Dickey's opened in Dallas, Texas, in 1941.
The search continues for a Hastings woman seen going over the Vermillion River waterfall Thursday, July 21. Teams from the Dakota County Sheriff's department searched Thursday night, Friday and over the weekend, but still have not been able to find the body. The adult woman apparently entered the water above the falls and was seen getting sucked under the water. She was then seen by another group of witnesses below the falls.