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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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.
The Hastings boys golf team will have one representative at the state golf meet next week. Eighth-grader Matthew Radke has qualified for the big meet, which runs Tuesday and Wednesday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Radke shot a 78 on the first day of play at Keller, and a 77 on the second day at Bunker Hills. The second round didn't exactly start out well, as Radke had a 41 on the front nine.
A drinking party in the 800 block of 10th Street West on June 3 in Hastings resulted in five citations for underage consumption. One 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds and two 15-year-olds were cited. Police were called to the party just before midnight and eventually a boy let an officer in to the home. He located three juveniles on the bed and one male hiding in a closet. A partially-empty case of Miller Genuine Draft was found. One of the juveniles told the officer that the alcohol was provided by a resident of the home, who had left.
Charges are pending against a Hastings woman who left her young child in the back seat of her car while she went into a health club on South Frontage Road to work out on June 2. The woman told police she had her son with her at work. As she was driving to the club, he fell asleep. She thought it would be OK to leave him in the car while she worked out, according to the police report. Three windows in the car were open about six inches. The temperature outside was 75 degrees. A caller reported seeing the child crying in the back seat.
Matthew Radke, a Hastings eighth-grader, has qualified for the state golf tournament. Radke had a 78 on the first day of play at Keller. He followed that up with an 77 on the second day at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids, including an eagle on the par four eleventh hole. The state tournament will be played June 14-15 at Bunker Hills.
The Hastings softball team will face Bloomington Jefferson in the first round of the state softball tournament on Thursday. The game is at 9 a.m. in North Mankato. Jefferson beat the state's No. 1-ranked team, Burnsville, in their section title game. Hastings' second game of the state tournament will be at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Mike Haege, the Hastings tree trimmer who was kicked out of the tornado zone in north Minneapolis recently, released cell phone video this week that he says backs up his story. Haege has said that a city inspector and police kicked him out of the disaster zone because he wasn't licensed and because they didn't believe he was doing the work for free. The City of Minneapolis has said the reason he was removed from the area was because he was operating in zones that were unsafe and hadn't been cleared of downed power lines.
According to the City of Minneapolis, Hastings tree trimmer Mike Haege was asked to leave the city's tornado-damaged areas because he was performing work in unsafe areas. "It was a very dangerous situation," said Henry Reimer, the city's assistant director of regulatory services. "Mr. Haege was found in unapproved zones on two occasions, and warned twice to go back to the area that had been cleared to resume his volunteer work there.