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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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.
The Hastings softball team won the state title Friday afternoon in Mankato with a 4-0 win over Forest Lake. The state title is the first softball championship in school history.
The Hastings High School softball team will play for the state title at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Mankato. Hastings will face a familiar opponent: Forest Lake, a fellow Suburban East Conference school. Hastings advanced by beating Hopkins, 7-2, in the state semifinal game. Hastings and Forest Lake played against each other once this season. Hastings won that game, 8-2.
The Hastings softball team had a dominating performance in the first round of the state softball tournament Thursday morning in North Mankato. Hastings, the No. 4-ranked team in the state, beat Bloomington Jefferson, 16-1. The Jaguars were ranked No. 5. Hastings will play Hopkins in the state tournament semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday. Hastings had three home runs in the game, and a number of big hits. Treya Connell, Lori Bauer and Kaitlin Stark each had home runs. Hastings played good defense behind Connell, who earned the win.
Three girls golfers from Hastings advanced to the section day of the section tournament last week, thanks to a solid play in the first round. Sadie Karbo, Caitlyn Judge and Haley Jo Kimmen each advanced to the second day of play, which was held at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Karbo shot a 91 on the second day.
There was no rest last week for the Hastings boys and girls track team. It was out of the fryer, and into the frying pan. The team competed at the very competitive Suburban East Conference Championships two weeks ago, then last week competed in the just-as-competitive Section 1AA championships in Lakeville. The Hastings boys placed 14th out of 15 teams.