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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Earlier this month, there were reasons for the contractors working on the new Hastings bridge to be optimistic. While predictions called for the possibility of significant flooding, the weather was cooperating and it looked possible that a devastating flood was going to be averted. That optimism was thrown out the window this week. "There was some optimism that the levels wouldn't reach what was forecast, but it looks like they're going to," bridge project manager Steve Kordosky said this week.
For $7 a piece this Friday night, March 25, parents can turn their children loose at the Hastings Gymnastics Center. Another Friday Night Flip is planned at the center, located in the Hastings Business and Industrial Park. Children ranging in age from kindergarteners to second-graders are welcome at the event, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A snack is served to the children during the night. A number of activities keep the children busy inside the center. A large inflatable castle is set up. There's a big rope swing that sends children spinning around the room.
People in Hastings remember Dan Carey as one of the best athletes to ever come through the city. He helped the Raiders win a state championship in 1967 and was a first-round draft pick in the Major League Baseball draft. His colleagues at the University of St. Thomas remember Dr. Dan Carey as a leader in the field of health and human performance. His family remembers Dan Carey as a generous man who touched more lives than they could have ever imagined. The operative word here, unfortunately for all those involved, is "remembers." Carey passed away early Saturday morning.
The 2010-11 Hastings boys basketball season concluded in Rochester last week, when the Raiders lost to the Mayo Spartans, 56-39, in the first round of the section tournament. Mayo had a halftime lead of 22-14. The Spartans outscored the Raiders 34-25 in the second half to pull away and advance. The Spartans were the No. 3 seed while Hastings was the No. 6. "Overall, we played pretty well," coach Chad Feikema said. "It was a single-digit game most of the night. We played pretty well on the defensive end for most of the night.
It's Spring Break and families around you are heading to Miami or San Diego. They're at the beach and you keep seeing their photos of blue water and sandy beaches. Your kids want to go swimming. Your only option is to send them into the puddle that has formed in the backyard because of the recent snowmelt. We're here to tell you, though, that isn't your only option. You can take them to one of two hotels here in Hastings and get them swimming for as little as $3. You don't have to stay the night. You don't have to drive out of town.
In the U.S., more than 50 million people are affected by osteoporosis. About 80 percent of them are women. On Monday, March 28, the Regina Foundation and American Association of University Women (AAUW) invite the public to a free seminar about osteoporosis and the role that vitamin D plays in prevention of the disease. The seminar, called "Bone Up On Bones," will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 W. 15th St. in Hastings. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced.
Few people in Hastings live closer to Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings than Alan Gaylor and his family. With the library literally across the street from their residence, his sons spend much of their free time at the library, and Saturday was no different. But in the afternoon, as his oldest son left the library, he noticed something he'd never seen before. Police officers. And lots of them. The officers were there to take a fugitive into custody and, within minutes, they'd done just that.
The competitive season for the Hastings show choirs ended Saturday. For the team, it would be easy to say they went out on a high note. Riverside Company, the top show choir at Hastings High School, was the first runner-up at a big competition put on by Totino-Grace. The night's winner, a school from Clinton, Miss., is a perennial power and the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. Hastings was able to come in behind Clinton and the Raiders won the caption award for Best Vocals. "Traditionally, Clinton always sweeps," director Lin Warren said.
2006 Hastings graduate Doug Plumb is competing this weekend in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports basketball tournament. He plays for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds won their first-round game. Plumb wears No. 10. The Thunderbirds are the team in white and blue. Plumb is a big part of the Thunderbirds' success. He has started 26 of the 29 games he is played in and is averaging 11.7 points per game. He is one of five UBC players to average in double figures. UBC has a 29-2 overall record and is the top seed.
It didn't take long for Mike Schmitz to learn his K-9 partner was going to have what it took to be good at law enforcement. As Hastings police officers were preparing to serve a warrant at a man's home, the man fled out his back door. Schmitz and his German Shepherd, Eis, gave chase. Two blocks away, Eis found the man in a backyard. To put it gently, Eis grabbed on to the man and wouldn't let go.