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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They did it again. On Tuesday night in Austin, the Hastings softball team won its fourth straight section softball title, beating Rochester John Marshall, 6-0, in the finals. Through four games in the tournament, Hastings outscored its opponents by a combined score of 29-1.
For a few years, Mike Haege's sister lived in north Minneapolis. He knows the neighborhood at least a little bit, and when a tornado tore through the area on Sunday, May 22, he took notice. On the news he saw trees strewn about lawns and streets. Then inspiration struck. He wanted to help. His schedule for Monday, May 23, was wide open. And, since he operates Custom Cut, a tree trimming business here, he figured his services could be put to good use. "I thought it would be the perfect chance to help," he said. "I knew there would be people needing help." He was right. By 10:30 a.m.
A team of eighth-grade girls from Hastings Middle School last week accomplished something that no other class in HMS history had been able to. Bitsy Lien's gym class beat the HMS teachers in the annual tug-of-war. The teachers, though, weren't upset for long. The event raised a record amount of money for Hastings Family Service. The student raised $6,000, which was presented to HFS just before the tug-of-war began.
The Hastings boys golf team turned in a season-best score of 309 in a Suburban East Conference match at Highland National. Hastings finished fourth out of 10 teams. Nick Tusa and Jacob Cooper led the way for the Raiders with 76s. Matthew Radke had a 77 and Sean Eglington had an 80. Sam Otto and Mark Huneke also played varsity for the Raiders.
Hastings fell behind early to Cretin-Derham Hall after an odd play at home plate on Monday, but Hastings didn't let that weird start stop them from turning the game in their favor. Hastings went on to beat Cretin, 6-3. With a runner on third base and a Cretin player in the batter's box, Hastings pitcher Aaron Stoneberg prepared to deliver a pitch. Just as he was in his windup, the home plate umpire stood up and waved his arms.
Perfect timing: Now that the weather is warming up, the Hastings girls golf season is winding down. The Hastings Raiders are preparing for their conference tournament today (Thursday) at Oak Glen in Stillwater. Next is the first round of sections, set for June 1 at Phalen.
It was another successful meet for the Hastings boys track team last week. On Thursday, the Raiders competed in a meet at Park in Cottage Grove, and the team placed second out of four teams with 70.5 points.
The team season for the Hastings boys tennis team ended Thursday afternoon with a 5-2 loss to the Owatonna Huskies. The Huskies swept the three doubles positions en route to the win. Hastings finishes the team season with a 6-8 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Suburban East Conference play. "Despite a tough loss to Owatonna, I would mark this as a successful season," coach Mick Willette said.
A five-hour standoff between a Hastings man and police ended peacefully early Tuesday morning when the man walked out of his house with his hands up. The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, when a Hastings Police Department officer was driving through the Cari Park neighborhood on Tiffany Drive. The officer saw Kurt Baker in the front yard of a home there, and then he saw Baker run inside the house. The officer knew Baker had a warrant out for his arrest for a parole violation.
Police responded to a restaurant on Vermillion Street after a man and a woman got into an argument at 2:48 p.m. May 22. The woman said she got so mad she scratched herself on the arm, but there were no other injuries. The two parties left together. A caller reported at 6:43 a.m. that a brown Crown Victoria car was all over 15th Street. The officers eventually found the vehicle parked in the McDonalds drive-thru. The man got his food and left the drive-thru.