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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The fall flood of 2010 is finally on its way out, but onlookers at the Mississippi River here can still be treated to quite a show. Waters crested over the weekend near levels typically reserved for springtime following significant rainfall levels across the state 10 days ago. Part of the trail system in Hastings is closed because floodwaters have come up over the trail. Levels are expected to continue to recede this week.
Hastings took on the best competition that the Suburban East Conference has to offer this week, and the Raiders held up just fine. Last Tuesday Hastings faced Forest Lake and lost, 5-2. The Rangers are one of the perennial powers in the SEC. Lindsey Reinisch won at first singles, 6-1, 6-1. Kirsten Peterson fell at second singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Morgan Tjomsland lost a third singles, 6-2, 6-0. Hailey Lundquist won at third singles, 6-2, 6-4. In doubles, Forest Lake won all three matches. Shanna Burgmeier and Erika Nielsen lost 6-2, 6-4. Ashley Addison and Gina Dabruzzi lost 6-3, 6-4.
On paper, it was a 5-0 loss to Woodbury. For the Hastings girls soccer team, though, the game was an encouraging one. The same can be said for Hastings coach Joanne Teigland. "Woodbury is just that good," Teigland said of the state's No. 4 ranked team. "We competed. The score was 5-0, but the girls played hard right up until the end. They gave so much effort the entire game.
Another week, another win for the Hastings swimming team. The Raiders improved to a perfect 5-0 with a win over White Bear Lake, 87-81. The meet was made closer by the fact that the Raiders swam exhibition-only in the final event, and by the fact that the Raiders mixed up their lineup considerably. "It was really fun," McAlpin said. "We got to really mix it up. Each season I make a grid of best times and for this meet my goal was to fill that grid in as best I can. So that meant putting girls in events they normally do not swim.
The Hastings boys cross country team had a strong finish at the annual Hudson Raider Invitational on Sept. 21, placing fourth out of nine teams. Making head coach John Dewall even more excited about the finish was the fact that only one senior was in the top seven for Hastings.
On July 29, 2009, Garth Truax and representatives from Dan's Bar met with contractors on what was soon-to-become a major draw the bar in New Trier. It was to be an outside patio, and plans were coming together well for the addition. The next day, Truax died of a heart attack. He was 48 years old. Truax had been a fixture at Dan's for years, and was engaged to one of the bar's owners, Danette Welch. Following his untimely death, Welch and her brother, Dave Hartung, put off the plans as they coped with their grief.
A challenging season continues for the Hastings volleyball team. The Raiders slipped to 2-12 on the season Tuesday with a loss to Cretin-Derham Hall in three games. The loss was preceded by one Thursday against East Ridge, also in three games. While Hastings may have lost to the Raptors, head coach Rita Girgen said the match was far better than the one Hastings played two nights earlier in Stillwater. "It was a much better loss than the Stillwater match," Girgen said. "We were pretty happy with how we played all-around.
For two games two weeks ago, the Hastings Raiders boys soccer team got to walk off the field with wins. Since then, the Raiders have faced two of the state's top 10 teams, and one longtime nemesis. The result? Three tough losses. First, the Raiders had their win streak snapped by Woodbury with a 4-0 loss on Sept. 21. Woodbury is ranked No. 7. On Friday, Hastings played host to the state's No.
More than 2,000 area residents turned out Saturday to watch eight birds of prey released back into the wild at the Carpenter Nature Center along the St. Croix River. A broadwing hawk, a bald eagle and a red-tailed hawk were among the birds released. All were nursed back to health by the Raptor Center, housed at the University of Minnesota. For Carpenter Nature Center, it's a unique opportunity to let nature impact the lives of those in attendance. "With the nature center, we protect habitat, but teaching people is our key mission," said Jen Vieth, the development director at Carpenter.
After a rough first two weeks of the season, the Hastings football team finally got a taste of the good life on Friday night with a 21-7 win over Park of Cottage Grove. "It has been a good week," Hastings coach Dana Strain said. "It is nice to have a good day on the field and to get our offense going." After a scoreless first quarter, Hastings put up 21 points in the second quarter. Park scored its touchdown in the second, too, but couldn't stop the Raiders in the second. "For the most part, we were better than they were up front," Strain said.