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 Fire Department came to the rescue Tuesday afternoon along the Mississippi River here. A man had been out in his personal watercraft and eventually fell off the machine. He safely swam to shore. His watercraft, meanwhile, began floating downstream. With the current as strong as it is, there was no way for the man to catch up to the machine. The fire department happened to be training in the water with its rescue boat when the incident was called in. Fire and rescue staff aboard the boat connected to the personal watercraft and towed it to shore. The man was not injured.
On Sunday morning in St. Paul, the lone Hastings police officer to have lost his life in the line of duty was remembered. The memorial service was part of National Police Memorial Week, which runs from May 15 to May 21. The officer, Albert Jacobson, died in 1894. Now, the department is hoping to find his relatives. So far, they've struck out in that attempt, and they're hoping the public can help. "When we were up at the memorial, we got to talking about if anyone knows any of the family members," Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said. "We had been talking about it.
The Hastings softball team moved into a first-place tie in the Suburban East Conference with a 2-0 win over the Stillwater Ponies last week. Hastings won, 2-0. Stillwater took an undefeated record into the matchup. Hastings has one loss on the season, a conference setback that came against Mounds View. Hastings knew it would be in for a close game, and that's exactly what they got. "In a game like that, you really have to step it up and stay focused," coach Dean Robinson said. "You can't let up, even for one inning, because a good team like that will jump all over you.
The Hastings boys track and field team had another strong outing this week, placing second out of eight teams at an invitational in Red Wing. Red Wing won the meet with 177 points.
With four players under 80, the Hastings boys golf team placed fifth at the Dakota County Invitational on Saturday at Emerald Greens. Hastings was led by Nick Tusa and Jacob Cooper, who each had 77s. Sean Eglington had a 78 and Sam Otto had a 79 to round out the varsity scoring. Hastings had a team score of 311. Mike Dittrich had an 81 and Cole Carrigan had an 82. "The boys played very well," coach Pete McGinnis said.
Going into the bottom of the fifth inning of Monday's game against Mounds View, the Hastings baseball team trailed 3-1. That deficit quickly turned around. Hastings scored three runs in the fifth and then added three more in the sixth to pull away and win, 7-3, over the Mustangs. "We were outstanding in all facets of the game today," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We had outstanding at-bats up and down the lineup. We came up with some key hits late in the game to ice it." Aaron Stoneberg was the winning Hastings pitcher. He threw all seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
The Hastings boys tennis team had no trouble beating Park of Cottage Grove last week. The Raiders won, 7-0, thanks to dominating three spots and winning close matches everywhere else. In the top three singles spots, Hastings lost a total of just two games. At fourth singles and in the three doubles spots, though, it was a much different story for the Raiders. Ben Carlson won at first singles, 6-0, 6-1. At No.
As Lauren Bitzan grew up on a farm near Alexandria, Minn., he and his nine siblings had full-time jobs fixing things on the farm. Bitzan would stand on a milk crate and hold up the transmission while his older brothers handled the repairs. Bitzan probably had no idea then that this was his first on-the-job training. "I had older brothers who would beat you up if you didn't hold the transmission up right," Bitzan said. Fixing things has been his lifelong career, and he has operated in Hastings as AA Auto Technicians, Inc., for two years now.
Carpenter Nature Center announced last week that it will build an open air pavilion capable of holding 200 people at the center. The pavilion will be completed by the fall. A $95,000 grant from 3M provided the bulk of the funding.
Police were called at 8:57 p.m. on May 7 to the MGM liquor store on the report of a drunk male at the store causing problems. He was yelling profanities at the staff, which was refusing to sell him more alcohol. Police located the man, who then called the police officer names. He was transported to Ramsey County detox. Police responded at 4:13 a.m. on May 7 on the report of a man either dead or passed out in the lawn at the Hastings Inn. A male was found laying down, face-first, near the garbage.