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 little girl here in Hastings, Wendy Dodge-Agen liked her mother's garden. Specifically, she targeted the onions, often times grabbing them from the ground and eating them raw. When her mother would set the pot roast on the dinner table, the first thing Dodge-Agen would grab were the onions. Her fondness for the vegetable earned her a nickname from her older brothers: Onion Head. Later, it was shortened to Onion. Now, that nickname will be part of Dodge-Agen's new Hastings restaurant, which she has dubbed The Onion Grille.
A strong first half of defense kept the Hastings Raiders in their non-conference game last week against Red Wing. While the effort was there defensively, it appeared as though a lid had been put in place on the basket for the Raiders, especially in the second half. The end result? A 58-36 loss to the Wingers. "In the first half, our defensive play was the best that we have had so far this season," coach Chad Feikema said.
The Hastings boys hockey team improved to 5-3 on the season last week with a 5-1 win over Forest Lake. The score may look lopsided, but the game wasn't. Hastings scored single goals in the first and second periods, and held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. In the third, Hastings pulled away with three goals. "The game was a lot closer than the score shows," coach Russ Welch said. "They outshot us, but we kept hanging in there.
The Hastings girls basketball team lost a non-conference game to Red Wing last week, 83-52. Liz Keena led Hastings in scoring with 23 points. Also scoring were: Morgan Tjomsland 2, Emily Daggett 7, Mary Haglund 7, Lexie Harp 5, Nicole Hollar 1, Kallie Dylla 8.
The Hastings girls hockey team improved to 4-3 in conference play with a 3-1 win over Woodbury last week. The Raiders are now in the middle of the Suburban East Conference standings. Roseville and White Bear Lake lead the league with 6-1 records. Stillwater is third at 6-2 and Mounds View is fourth with a mark of 5-2. In the game against Woodbury, Hastings took a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Imagine a line of those blue concrete trucks stretching from the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings up Highway 61 for 3.25 miles. There would be 500 of them, stretching all the way from Hub's Marina up to River Oaks Golf Course. Those 500 trucks, holding 5,000 cubic yards of concrete, is what will be needed to build just six of the piers for the new Hastings bridge. So far, though, all Hastings residents have seen in terms of bridge construction is rather limited. That will soon all be changing as work on the piers gets under way.
The best gift that Hastings man Everett Turnbull ever received didn't come at Christmas. Rather, it came in October. Turnbull, a World War II veteran, took an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for free. He went with about 100 other Minnesota veterans, who spent one day seeing nearly every memorial that could be seen in the nation's capital, including the World War II memorial. Having been as moved by the trip as he was, Turnbull is now on a mission to spread the word about the trips to other Hastings-area veterans.
The Hastings Nordic ski team is full of very happy people again this week. After a number of years with little to no snowfall, the ground is covered this year with an abundance of the white stuff. It's great news for the team, which had been having to travel into northern Wisconsin to simply practice on snow in recent years. Obviously, that's no longer the case. The team recently competed at Troll Hollow in Dresser, Wis., on Dec.
The Hastings boys hockey team split a pair of Suburban East Conference games last week. To hear coach Russ Welch talk about the two, you'd think that the Raiders beat Mounds View and lost to Park. But you'd be wrong. Welch was anything but impressed with his team's 4-1 win over Park on Saturday morning. Welch was anything but disappointed with his team's 2-1 loss in overtime to Mounds View Thursday. In the loss to the Mustangs, Hastings outshot their opponent 34-27. "We had a very good second and third period, but we just couldn't score, Welch said. "We just had trouble scoring.
In order for the Hastings swimming team to have beaten Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, absolutely everything would have had to go Hastings' way. After just one event, it was apparent that was not going to be the case. Hastings had its top two 200 medley relay teams disqualified, and that was essentially the end of the meet. Hastings trailed 12-2 after one event, a lead that proved to be insurmountable. C-DH won 96-74. "We had one of those meets where it started out badly for us," coach Gerry Rupp said. "It was like the meet we had with Stillwater two years ago.