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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With one swing of the bat, the Hastings girls softball team scored more runs last week than their opponents combined. In the first inning of Thursday's game against Forest Lake, HHS junior Lori Bauer hit a grand slam. Hastings went on to win, 8-2. On Monday, Hastings got another win, this time beating Park, 11-1, in six innings. The grand slam was Bauer's second home run of the year.
The Hastings boys golf team finally got back out on the course Monday, where the Raiders played in the White Bear Lake Invitational at Dellwood Golf Course. Hastings placed 10th out of 20 teams with a team score of 332. "Not one of the kids played there before, so I thought we played as well as we could have," coach Pete McGinnis said. "Knowing where to hit the ball off the tee is very important, and with all the hazards around the course, that cost us some shots.
The Hastings baseball team earned its second win of the season on Monday in a game against Woodbury. The win didn't come easy. Hastings went to 11 innings to beat the Royals, 1-0. "What a great character win for our kids," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We had numerous chances early in the game to scratch out a run, but our guys continued to battle and broke through in the 11th." In the 11th, Wes Hedlund and Andrew Lindberg each singled. Hedlund eventually advanced to third base on an error. He was thrown out at the plate.
In a very rare occurrence this spring, the Hastings boys tennis team was able to write the word "Nice" in the weather conditions field on the score sheet for a match. It must have been the first match all year where weather didn't play much of a factor. For Hastings, it's was a good thing the meet at Northfield went off without a hitch - Hastings went on to win, 4-3. Hastings got wins at first and third singles and second and third doubles to get the non-conference win. At the No.
We've heard the phrase that "All good things must end." It appears as though that phrase would suit the Cottage View Drive-In, just up Highway 61 in Cottage Grove. The land it sits on has long been sought by developers. The economic downturn has slowed that desire by developers, but we keep hearing that the theater's days are numbered. It would be wise to get there soon. It's definitely a must-see and is a true step back in time for families. The price for admission is $8 for each adult.
Looking for a good deal on a 1969 Ford Mustang? Maybe your eyes are on a new digital camera. Or a bicycle. Or a backpack. Or a carseat. Or a vase. They're all available to the highest bidder at the upcoming Hastings Police Department's forfeited property auction, set for Saturday, May 7, at the city's storage facility, located at the corner of East Fourth Street and Bailey Street. Viewing for the auction begins at 9 a.m. and the auction starts at 10 a.m. Chief of Police Paul Schnell said the city has acquired the property through a variety of means. Some of it was suspected to be stolen.
Hastings Boys Scouts were busy here Friday morning replacing a tattered flag at Regina Medical Center with a brand new one. Boy Scouts from Pack 278 replaced the flag during a ceremony in front of the clinic. The flag was then delivered to the American Legion here, where it will be disposed of properly.
The pre-trial hearing for Hastings police officer Rene Doffing has been continued to June 22. The hearing was moved on April 20. Doffing was charged in January with the theft of a corkscrew from a Hastings restaurant. He has been on paid administrative assignment since December 2010. Paid administrative assignment means he is working for the department, but he not working his regular job as a patrol officer.
Lori Bauer hit a first-inning grand slam to give the Hastings Raiders all the runs they need in a Suburban East Conference matchup against Forest Lake. The Raiders went on to win, 8-2, on Thursday afternoon at HHS. Bauer hit the ball over the left centerfield fence and raced around the bases pumping her fist, got high-fived by coach Dean Robinson at third base and then got mobbed by her teammates at home. Hastings is now 3-1 on the season.
The only driving being done by the Hastings boys golf team is taking place on the course itself. At last week's season-opening match, Hastings' lineup was so young, there wasn't a single player on varsity that was old enough to have a driver's license. The varsity lineup included two eighth-graders, three freshmen and one sophomore. While the team is young, it appears as though they're going to have another great season.