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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Most Hastings residents know that on the first Wednesday of the month, at 1 p.m., severe weather sirens are sounded. But what do you do if your siren is malfunctioning? What if it is quieter than normal, and what if you can't hear it at all? The answer is to call Joe Kegley at the Hastings Police Department at 651-480-2300, or call the Hastings Fire Department at 651-480-6150. On the Wednesdays that the sirens are sounded, officers from the police department are assigned different areas of the city and do their best to get into those areas to listen for the sirens.
Hastings golfer Matthew Radke placed 46th at the state golf tournament last week in Coon Rapids. The two-day tournament was played at Bunker Hills. It concluded Wednesday. Radke had a first-day total of 80. He shot a 78 on the second day, thanks in part to back-to-back birdies. He just finished his eighth-grade year at HMS and will be a freshman at HHS next year. His day-two total was especially impressive considering the weather, coach Pete McGinnis said. Radke played the first 15 holes in the rain. "It was just incredible," he said.
Changes are in store for the third annual Hastings Music Festival, but organizers remain committed to two things: Throwing a fun party and raising money for Hastings Family Service. This year's festival is planned for 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Jaycee Park along the Mississippi River near the public boat launch. More than $22,000 has been raised for HFS since the inaugural Hastings Music Festival in 2009. The headlining band is Crow, a classic rock band that is best known for its song "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)," which cracked the Billboard Top 20 in 1969.
A suspect in the rash of burglaries from the Hastings-area was arrested early Monday morning in Cottage Grove. The man, 33-year-old Sean Michael Ancel of Hastings, was arrested on the probable cause charge of first degree burglary. He is being held in the Washington County jail pending charges. Over the past several weeks, as investigators began to focus on Ancel as a possible suspect, police worked to minimize risk by reminding residents to close and lock garage doors.
Hastings Middle School eighth-grader Matthew Radke is busy this week competing in the state golf tournament. The lone Hastings representative played his first round Tuesday and his second round on Wednesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Radke shot an 80 on Tuesday and was tied for 49th after one round. On Tuesday, Radke had a 39 on the front nine and a 41 on the back nine. In the second day of play Radke shot a 78 with a 39 on the front nine and a 39 on the back nine. His two-day total was 158. The winner was Max Kelly of Forest Lake, who shot a 143. There are 88 golfers competing in
Before the Hastings High School softball season started this March, coach Dean Robinson and his wife Kandi were talking about this year's team. Dean Robinson was talking about how it wouldn't be easy for the team this year, as 11 girls had graduated from the 2010 team that placed third at the state meet. His wife didn't buy that. "This could be the year," she told him. "You get these girls doing what they need to do, and practice hard, and this could be a Cinderella story.
NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. visited the Hastings NAPA store last week and was met with hundreds of autograph seekers. Truex Jr. posed for hundreds of photos with area residents. Pictured here is Hastings resident Mike Nawrocki getting his photograph taken with Truex.
A total of eight Hastings youths were cited for underage consumption of alcohol following two busts by the Hastings Police Department. On June 8 at 12:52 a.m., police were called to a possible underage drinking party in the 1200 block of Honeysuckle Lane. Officers observed an unattended bonfire and eventually made contact with five youths, all under 21, who had all been drinking. The youths ranged in age from 17 to 20. On June 9 at 2:11 a.m., police were notified that several loud juveniles were spotted on Second Street East near Lea Street.
Hastings residents who leave their garage doors open overnight may be awoken in the middle of the night to the police ringing their doorbells. A rash of thefts over the past few months has prompted the action by the department. Chief of Police Paul Schnell said a thief or thieves are targeting unlocked cars and open garage doors at night. The open garage doors often times lead to unlocked interior doors, and on several occasions here a thief has walked right into houses and made off with purses and wallets.
A Hastings nursing home has been cited for neglect after a man fell in March and wasn't properly cared for after the fall. The man died two days later at the hospital. According to a report issued by the Minnesota Department of Health Facility Complaints office, the neglect "occurred when staff did not assess, monitor and treat" the resident in a timely manner "when signs and symptoms indicated a head injury." The home cited is Augustana Health Care Center, located at 930 W.