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 anglers have mixed feelings about the potential threat Asian carp pose to our local rivers. Nobody seems happy that the potential barrier for preventing the fish from moving upstream is likely to be built in Coon Rapids, leaving Hastings-area rivers with no protection. That said, two anglers here have different perceptions about what will happen when the carp arrive here in big numbers. Jim Preissner, a professional walleye angler, has fished waters infested with Asian carp and said it hasn't affected his luck at all.
Hastings angler Corey Waller expressed frustration with a fish ladder that is going to be part of a major construction project on Lock and Dam No. 3 in Red Wing. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun work on a $70 million project planned there to improve navigation safety and the embankments. As part of the project, a fish ladder will be built to allow spawning walleyes and other migratory fish to travel upstream. What Waller and several other anglers are struggling with is the decision to put in a fish ladder to make it easier for fish to move upstream when the carp are on the way.
The section True Team meet was held last week, and the Hastings boys placed seventh out of eight teams with 456 points. Stillwater won the meet with 878. Eagan was second and St.
Getting as many golfers as possible coming in with a score of less than 100 has been a goal for the Hastings girls team this season, and on Friday two Hastings players met that goal. Sadie Karbo had her best round of the year with a 90. Caitlyn Judge also had her best round of the season with a 94. Rachel Reamer, a consistent player for the Raiders this year, came in just above that goal with a 101. Hannah Hoffman, Haley Jo Kimmen and Maddie Bauer each had 108s. Hastings finished with a team total of 393 and placed 10th out of 12 teams. Judge had the longest drive during the tournament,
An incredible Hastings softball season just keeps getting better. On Monday, Hastings won their third-straight Suburban East Conference title with a no-hitter. Hastings beat Stillwater in the game, 2-0. Winning another league crown was no easy feat this year, especially considering the fact that the Raiders graduated 11 players from last year's team. "When you lose 11 players, that's just crazy," coach Dean Robinson said. Coming in to this season, the team set a number of lofty goals.
The first inning of Monday's Hastings boys baseball game against Woodbury wasn't pretty. The Raiders struggled in the field and fell behind early to the Royals, 4-0. By the end of the game, though, things looked much different. Hastings went on to win, 9-8. "Sometimes it's ok to win ugly," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We were sloppy at times. To our guys' credit, we battled back after being down and put ourselves in position when the game was in balance." Hastings rallied for five runs in the third inning to take the lead back. Nick Huemoeller started off the rally with a double.
Police responded at 1:29 a.m. May 14 on the report of a fight at the Coliseum at 1840 Vermillion St. No charges were filed. At 4:22 p.m. May 13, a call came in to police that a 4-year-old child had been backed over in a driveway. The child was transported to the hospital. There is no further information on the condition of the child, who suffered injuries to the face, arm and stomach. The incident occurred on Meggan Court. Police responded to a call that two women were fighting behind a building on Bahls Drive at 1:59 a.m. on May 13.
The Hastings Fire Department came to the rescue Tuesday afternoon along the Mississippi River here. A man had been out in his personal watercraft and eventually fell off the machine. He safely swam to shore. His watercraft, meanwhile, began floating downstream. With the current as strong as it is, there was no way for the man to catch up to the machine. The fire department happened to be training in the water with its rescue boat when the incident was called in. Fire and rescue staff aboard the boat connected to the personal watercraft and towed it to shore. The man was not injured.
On Sunday morning in St. Paul, the lone Hastings police officer to have lost his life in the line of duty was remembered. The memorial service was part of National Police Memorial Week, which runs from May 15 to May 21. The officer, Albert Jacobson, died in 1894. Now, the department is hoping to find his relatives. So far, they've struck out in that attempt, and they're hoping the public can help. "When we were up at the memorial, we got to talking about if anyone knows any of the family members," Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said. "We had been talking about it.
The Hastings softball team moved into a first-place tie in the Suburban East Conference with a 2-0 win over the Stillwater Ponies last week. Hastings won, 2-0. Stillwater took an undefeated record into the matchup. Hastings has one loss on the season, a conference setback that came against Mounds View. Hastings knew it would be in for a close game, and that's exactly what they got. "In a game like that, you really have to step it up and stay focused," coach Dean Robinson said. "You can't let up, even for one inning, because a good team like that will jump all over you.