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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As a major winter storm is set to roll into Hastings late Friday and Saturday, the City of Hastings is preparing for another snow emergency. The City of Hastings had declared its first snow emergency of the season one week ago, and Hastings police were ticketing cars to be towed to make way for snow plows to do their work. In all, 42 cars were ticketed and one was towed. Any time the city gets two or more inches of snow, a snow emergency is declared and residents must either remove their automobiles from the street, or they will get ticketed. "(The police department) tagged and towed quite
The 2010-11 season isn't off to a good start for the Hastings girls basketball team. The Raiders have lost their first four games. The team opened its season with a 44-41 loss to Prescott. On Friday, Hastings lost to Henry Sibley, 52-39. On Saturday, the Raiders fell to South St. Paul 48-35. On Tuesday, Hastings lost to Mahtomedi, 64-59. In Tuesday's game against Mahtomedi, Liz Keena led the Raiders with 26 points. Mary Haglund had 15 and Emily Daggett had seven. Also scoring were Lexie Harp (four), Jordan Marshall (three), Kelsey Nelson (two) and Kallie Dylla (two).
The Hastings boys basketball team got its season off to a great start Tuesday night with a 77-63 non-conference win over Prescott. The Raiders had great balance in scoring, with four players scoring in double figures. Junior Quintan Weaver led the way for the Raiders with 23 points. Tony Hammes had 15, Darius Wilkerson had 13 and Ellis Williams scored 10. Also scoring were Aaron Stevens (six), Ben Knoll (five), Mitch Hoffman (three) and Jon Sindt (two). Up next Hastings plays at Farmington Thursday night. The Raiders play host to Delano in a 4 p.m.
A 4-1 record so far this season has propelled the Hastings girls hockey team into the state's top 15 teams. The Raiders are now ranked No. 14 in Class AA. "That's great for the girls," Hastings coach Jeff Corkish said. "They deserve it. They've worked really hard. Any recognition they get is fun for them to see and read about." One of those wins came Friday in a Suburban East Conference game against Cretin-Derham Hall. Hastings won 4-1. "Overall, our kids played hard and they did the little things we asked them to do," Corkish said.
The Hastings boys hockey team has a 2-2 record through four games this season. One of those wins came Saturday, when the Raiders beat a team from Cedarburg, Iowa, 6-0, at the Hastings Civic Arena. Hastings coach Russ Welch knows Cedarburg's coach, and the team was looking to add a few games to its schedule in Minnesota.
While the numbers are up for the Hastings boys and girls Nordic ski teams, the experience is down. That said, coach John Dewall is excited about the 30 kids who are out for the team. That's about twice as many athletes who were out for last year's teams, Dewall said. The difference with last year, though, was that the Raiders had some returning experience. This year, that cupboard is mostly bare. Still, Dewall is excited to see what this year's kids can do. "We've had a lot of families come through the program," Dewall said.
The Hastings Police Department has made an arrest in the vandalism case that took place here last week. Alex Russell Nowlan, 19, was arrested Thursday evening by the department. Charges are pending against him. Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell said that the department received a lead last week that Nowlan was the perpetrator. The department matched that lead up with some surveillance footage of a man buying two cans of spray paint at a Hastings store on Dec.
The newest business in Hastings is set to open its doors Monday, Dec. 13. The Hastings NAPA Auto Parts store will open at the intersection of 15th and Vermillion Streets at 7 a.m. Construction began this fall with the goal of being opened by mid-December. That goal will be met. "We're right on schedule, amazingly enough," operations manager Dan King said. "When you set a deadline and meet it, it's quite a feeling." The store will be locally owned by The Linn Companies, which is based in Woodbury.
Friday morning, Pastor Ed Frederick of St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Hastings went to his computer, logged in to the Star Gazette's website and looked at four photos from that morning's vandalism. What he saw troubled him. Frederick got to work, sending out an e-mail to his colleagues within the Hastings Ministerial Association. He had an idea: he wanted to gather a group of Christmas carolers to visit the neighborhood affected by the vandalism at 5 p.m. Sunday. "My wife said: 'Do you think a dozen people will show up?'" Frederick said.
Tickets are going fast for the popular Hastings High School holiday vocal concert, set for Dec. 18. A very limited number remain for the 4 p.m. show. More seats are available for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets for the annual concert can be purchased at the high school for $4 entering through the east doors between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.