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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Perfect timing: Now that the weather is warming up, the Hastings girls golf season is winding down. The Hastings Raiders are preparing for their conference tournament today (Thursday) at Oak Glen in Stillwater. Next is the first round of sections, set for June 1 at Phalen.
It was another successful meet for the Hastings boys track team last week. On Thursday, the Raiders competed in a meet at Park in Cottage Grove, and the team placed second out of four teams with 70.5 points.
The team season for the Hastings boys tennis team ended Thursday afternoon with a 5-2 loss to the Owatonna Huskies. The Huskies swept the three doubles positions en route to the win. Hastings finishes the team season with a 6-8 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Suburban East Conference play. "Despite a tough loss to Owatonna, I would mark this as a successful season," coach Mick Willette said.
A five-hour standoff between a Hastings man and police ended peacefully early Tuesday morning when the man walked out of his house with his hands up. The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, when a Hastings Police Department officer was driving through the Cari Park neighborhood on Tiffany Drive. The officer saw Kurt Baker in the front yard of a home there, and then he saw Baker run inside the house. The officer knew Baker had a warrant out for his arrest for a parole violation.
Police responded to a restaurant on Vermillion Street after a man and a woman got into an argument at 2:48 p.m. May 22. The woman said she got so mad she scratched herself on the arm, but there were no other injuries. The two parties left together. A caller reported at 6:43 a.m. that a brown Crown Victoria car was all over 15th Street. The officers eventually found the vehicle parked in the McDonalds drive-thru. The man got his food and left the drive-thru.
Hastings High School senior Treya Connell pitched a no-hitter and the Hastings softball team cruised to a 10-0 win over Rochester Century in the first round of the section tournament Wednesday night here. It's the third straight no-hitter for Connell. The game went five innings and ended when Britt Robinson scored from second base. Hastings will play in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday in Austin.
Hastings High School senior Treya Connell is one of the finalists for the Ms. Softball award, given annually to the top senior in the state. Connell is the team's pitcher and its best hitter. She leads the team with a .535 batting average. She has struck out just once on the season. In 96 innings of pitching, she has struck out 159 batters and she has a 0.73 ERA. "I really consider the Ms. Softball a team award," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. "There are a lot of girls who make plays behind the pitchers. This is an award for everybody on the team.
A second person was booked with two felonies following the standoff here on May 23-24. Savanah Marie Rhodes, 21, was booked on two probable cause charges - obstructing the legal process and aiding an offender to avoid arrest. Rhodes was inside the home on Tiffany Drive in the Cari Park neighborhood during the standoff. She was asked, repeatedly, to leave the house and refused to do so. After the standoff ended she was booked here at 2:56 a.m. She is being held at the Ramsey County jail. The standoff ended at about 12:25 a.m.
The Hastings man who had barricaded himself at his home has surrendered. Kurt Baker surrendered at about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday at his home on Tiffany Drive. He is being held at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. He was booked at 2:07 a.m. on probable cause felony for obstructing the legal process. He was being sought for a probation violation. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
A Hastings man is barricaded inside his home on Tiffany Drive near 36th St. West. The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. SWAT teams are parked with an armored vehicle in the man's driveway. Several agencies are assisting. The man, Kurt Baker, is wanted on a parole violation. Baker has violent offenses in his past and may have weapons inside the home. Those facts prompted the Hastings Police Department to call in SWAT teams. A woman is also inside the home. She is not considered a hostage. Police have been communicating with Baker.