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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It was an ugly day outside, but the end result was definitely worth it, as the Hastings boys baseball team beat Park of Cottage Grove on Friday, 5-4. Hastings is now 1-3 on the season. "It certainly was not an ideal day to play baseball, but our guys grinded one out against a gritty Park team," coach Paul Hartmann said. "We hit the ball all over the field. We battled back with a huge run in the bottom of the sixth and it was great to see Tony (Hammes) come through with a huge hit in the eighth, preceded by our two Nicks (Bachman and Huemoeller)." David Schoeberl started for the Raiders.
Going undefeated throughout the rough Suburban East Conference is something few softball teams can do. The Hastings Raiders learned that this season in the third game of SEC play, when they fell to Mounds View, 8-3, last Monday night. "They hit the ball hard," coach Dean Robinson said about the Mustangs. "They got on (pitcher) Treya (Connell) early and they stayed there. They had a good eye on the ball. We didn't help her on defense, either. We had six errors. "That's too many errors against a team like Mounds View. They're going to make you pay.
Abraham Mpaka, the fugitive who was arrested in Hastings last month at the Pleasant Hill Library, will be featured Saturday night during the "America's Most Wanted" television program. Mpaka was captured after a tipster phone the program. He was arrested at the library on a Saturday afternoon. He was being sought for murdering his girlfriend. The program airs at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Hastings resident Ryan Levine was a big winner on Wednesday night's showing of the Wheel of Fortune. He won $43,000 in cash and two all-expenses-paid vacations. Through the first found rounds, Levine won $13,000 in cash and the two trips, which had a total value of $13,000. Levine advanced to the final puzzle, which was a phrase. He was given the normal assortment of letters (R, S, T, L, N and E). He then chose H, D, B and O. What he saw when he looked up on the board was "?ord to the ??se." He doubled over with shock upon seeing the puzzle.
Spring must be coming. Jane Lightbourn here at the Star Gazette is starting to panic -- this time of year, she and the Rivertown Lions Club are hard at work on two major projects, and stress is beginning to take its toll. The club is putting on the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday. They're also hard at work on the citywide garage sale (planned for early May). The bunny breakfast is a favorite in my household. First, as the name implies, there's breakfast. It's $5 for adults and $4 for children to get in. Children younger than 2 are free. It will be held from 8 a.m.
The Hastings tennis team lost its season-opening match last week to Red Wing, 5-2. Ben Carlson fell at first singles, 6-2, 6-0. He is a junior. At the second spot, Matt Lund lost 6-2, 6-2. He is a senior. Fellow senior Chase Kasel won at third singles, 7-6, 6-4. At the fourth spot, Cody Arndtson lost 6-0, 6-3. In doubles play, it was the No. 3 team of Jalen Sneddeker and Drey LaCroix that won. They eked out a 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 win. At the No. 1 spot, Charlie Carpenter and Steve Roach fell, 6-1, 6-3. At No.
Hastings track coaches figured the way the weather was going, their one and only home meet of the season was going to be canceled. It was planned for Thursday, April 7, and the team hadn't even been outside to practice. It turned out, though, that the weather cooperated for the first time this spring and the meet went off without a hitch. "It was our first time outside this year," girls coach Greg Sandkamp said. "We just wanted to get the kids out there to see what they could do.
The Hastings High School softball team has picked up where it left off last season. The Raiders opened their season Monday with a 4-0 win over Woodbury. Hastings has back-to-back third-place finishes at the state meet, and is looking to win another conference title again this year. That won't be easy, as the team lost 11 seniors to graduation from last year's team, but coach Dean Robinson was thrilled with what he saw from his team in the opener. "There were a lot of girls in the game on Monday who weren't starters last year, who stepped in and played their roles well," Robinson said.
Admission to spring sporting events at Hastings High School is free. Had those in attendance at Monday's season-opening game between Hastings and White Bear Lake been charged to get in, though, they would have definitely got their money's worth. The game went into extra innings and lasted three hours and 45 minutes. It began at 4:15 p.m. and didn't conclude until 8 p.m.
Collector Steve Bauer and his family announced Monday, April 11, that they were bringing the longtime St. Paul landmark restaurant, Porky's, to Hastings. Bauer and his wife, Sylvia, and their family operate the Little Log House Pioneer Village here. They will add Porky's to their collection of buildings. Porky's operated as a popular drive-in diner on University Avenue until April 3, when it closed. "It's such an important part of the community," he said Monday. "To see this thing go into a Dumpster, it's not what should be done to stuff like this.