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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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.
Police were called to a home on Tyler Street when a woman wouldn't leave a residence. A male inside the home said the woman was pounding on his doors and windows and poured coffee on his truck. The woman was upset, he said, because he wouldn't let her in to the house. When he called police, she left the house and was found in a neighbor's garage. The woman took a cab back to Prescott. At 2:36 p.m. on April 25, a resident in the 500 block of Westview Drive said a neighbor had her music too loud.
Pat Tripp has been hard at work in Hastings for the past two years, but you probably had no idea of this. It was almost two years ago that he bought Roadside Pump and Grocery after the previous owner had closed the station along Highway 55 near the Midtown Center. It took about 20 months for all the proceedings to be resolved and for Tripp to be given sole ownership of the property. Once that was all taken care of, he, Mary Bauer and his staff got to work.
An increase in thefts from cars and garages have prompted the Hastings Police Department to get a simple message out -- lock your doors. The department has noticed an increase in thefts over the past few weeks. One thief entered an open garage at night and stole a purse from a vehicle. He then walked into the residence, which was occupied, and stole another purse. In one case this week, a man was taking his garbage to the curb at 4 a.m. and found a man in his garage.
The Hastings boys tennis team almost pulled off a huge upset last week, but eventually fell to the Stillwater Ponies, 4-3. Stillwater won all four matches in singles, but strong play by three Hastings doubles teams made the match close. Hastings won all three matches in doubles. Matt Lund and Cody Arndtson teamed up to win 6-4, 6-0, at first doubles. Chase Kasel and Charlie Carpenter won at second doubles, 6-2, 6-2. At third doubles, Jalen Sneddeker and Craig Nielsen won 6-2, 6-4. In singles, Ben Carlson fell 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Ty Mellick lost at second singles, 6-2, 6-1. Ben Klimek fell
The last two seasons, the Hastings girls softball team has placed third at the state tournament. And, for the last two seasons, the North St. Paul girls have placed second. Over those last few years, the two teams haven't had a chance to meet face-to-face. Last week, that all changed in a big matchup for the two schools. North St. Paul entered as the state's No. 2 ranked team. Hastings entered as the state's No. 5 ranked team. Those rankings will undoubtedly change following the results.
Talk about busy: The Hastings boys golf team logged more than 600 miles on the road last week, traveling to a number of big tournaments. Judging by the results, all the driving was well worth it. Hastings competed at last week's White Bear Lake Invitational at Dellwood and placed sixth out of 21 teams. Sam Otto led the way for Hastings with a 79, which placed him 10th out of 126 golfers. Nick Tusa had an 82 that placed him 16th. Matthew Radke had an 85 and Jacob Cooper had an 86 to round out the scoring.
The Hastings Police Department is investigating damage done to the LeDuc Historic Estate at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings. The site manager at the LeDuc reported that between April 18 and April 25, someone had shot out a window of the mansion with a BB gun. A BB traveled through an outer window and hit an inner window, leaving a crack. The crack was less than an inch in size. The BB was not recovered at the scene. The manager estimated that the cost to replace the windows would exceed $1,000 because of the home's historic nature and the original glass used.