Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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On Sunday afternoon, authorities in Winona were notified that a body had been found in the Mississippi River. Hopes were raised here that the woman missing since July 21 after going over the Vermillion Falls had been found. Authorities said Monday, though, the woman found in Winona is not the missing Hastings woman. That means the search here will continue for her. Two independent groups of witnesses reported the case. One saw the woman enter the water and another saw her floating below the falls.
Life will never be the same for Stephanie Matasovsky and her family. On a recent Friday afternoon in front of their home in the 400 block of West Third Street, her 3-year-old son Wyatt was politely invited by a stranger in a white crossover vehicle to hop in and head off to the park. Wyatt set his tricycle down and started heading toward the vehicle. Thankfully, Wyatt's father Paul was nearby.
This fall, Hastings resident Butch Kummer will have his rear in gear. He's making it public to serve as motivation to get in shape, and he's hoping that in doing so he'll be able to raise money to fight colon cancer. Kummer will be doing a duathlon in October, starting with a four-mile run. He'll then do a 50-mile bike ride and then another four-mile run. He's hoping to raise $2,000 to $3,000, which he will donate to Get Your Rear In Gear and the Colon Cancer Coalition. Kummer is a survivor of the disease. He was diagnosed with it in 2001. It metastasized and came back in 2006.
The Hastings Hawks got their postseason off to a great start Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Dundas. Mark Moriarty earned the win on the mound for Hastings. He threw eight innings, striking out nine and walked two. He allowed just five hits. Colin Brackeen pitched the ninth inning and earned the save. John Anderson and Jordy Horsch each had RBIs. Derrick Pfeffer and Steve Kraushaar each had two hits. Hastings plays tonight, Aug. 4, in Dundas against Miesville.
A Hastings man was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after urinating in a store in the 1700 block of Market Boulevard at around 8 p.m. July 25. Video surveillance from inside the store shows the man relieving himself in an aisle. His actions ruined more than $34 worth of merchandise that had to be destroyed. Officers went to the home of the suspect who admitted to drinking that night and he admitted to being in the store. A 21-year-old Mazeppa man was the victim of an apparent drug overdose behind a building in downtown Hastings at 8:41 a.m. July 28.
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.