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 Hastings boys hockey team snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 7-9-1 on the season with an 8-5 win over East Ridge on Saturday night. Ask coach Russ Welch what the key point of the game was, and it won't take him long to answer: It was the second period. Hastings scored four goals in the second and gave up just one, turning a 2-1 lead into a 6-2 drubbing going into the second intermission. "We played extremely well in the second period and got a 6-2 lead," Welch said. "We played much better defensively in the second period. Our forwards were the key.
When Hastings Alpine ski coach Jim Peine pulled into Welch early Friday morning for the annual Welch Village Invitational, the thermometer was not his friend. At 6 a.m., the mercury was at 28 degrees below zero. Peine, his fellow coaches and race organizers opted to delay the meet an hour or so to let things warm up a bit. By 11 a.m. it had warmed all the way up to 12 degrees below zero, and shortly thereafter skiers were flying down the hill. "Once we got it going, all the athletes and all the workers toughed it out," Peine said.
William Joseph Boldt, one of the suspects in Thursday's armed robbery at the AmericInn in Hastings, was found and arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. He was arrested in St. Paul without incident and later booked in the Dakota County Jail. Two other persons of interest in the case have beeen identified and are being sought for questioning, according to a press release issued by Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell.
Hastings police are hoping the public can help them find William Joseph Boldt, 38, who is wanted in connection with the armed robbery that occurred here Thursday morning at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites. Boldt is the focus of investigators based on surveillance footage captured at the hotel. He is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached by members of the public. He is described as a white male, 5'8" tall and 180 pounds.
Riverside Company, the top Hastings High School show choir, won another competition over the weekend. On Saturday, the team was the Grand Champion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Midwest Cup. The group also won caption awards for the best vocals and the best choreography in finals. During prelims, they won for outstanding band. It was the first time Hastings has competed at the meet, held at the 3,000-seat Lied Center on the UNL campus. "This is just a beautiful theater," director Lin Warren said. "Just the opportunity to perform at a venue like that is wonderful.
At a young age, Aleeza Saande knew she had a winning smile. While riding on the back of a bicycle while one of her parents pedaled the Cannon Valley Trail, she'd stop other bikers and say to them: "A penny for my smile." Most times, the other bikers would pay up, then see the bubbly little 5-year-old grin from ear-to-ear. Her goal? To earn enough money on the trip to pay for an ice cream cone by the time her family got to Welch. Most of the time, she succeeded. When her grandparents would come to visit, Aleeza Saande had come up with a way to get coins away from them, too.
The Hastings Police Department has released images of the two men suspected in the Thursday-morning robbery at the AmericInn in Hastings. Police are hoping the public can help identify the men in the photos. If you think you know who they are, you are asked to call the department at 651-480-2300.
Two armed men robbed the night clerk at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Hastings early Thursday morning. The robbery took place at about 1:30 a.m. Both men had guns. "They did get an undisclosed amount of money," Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said. "They then taped the night clerk, with duct tape, to a chair. She was ultimately able to escape after they left." Investigators have been working to identify the suspects. "There could be as many as four suspects involved in the entire incident, but we don't know that for certain," Schnell said.
The Hastings boys basketball team earned its second win of the season, and its first conference win, by beating Park on Tuesday night, 59-56. The Raiders got 21 points from Darius Wilkerson and the team had two other players in double figures. Tony Hammes finished with 14 and Josh Monjeau had 12. Also scoring were Ellis Williams (8) and Matt Anderson (4). Hastings beat Prescott earlier this season. The Raiders have a 2-9 record. Vs Roseville Hastings lost to Roseville, the league-leaders, 77-53, on Friday. Roseville held a 36-20 halftime lead, then outscored Hastings 41-33 in the secon
While their friends likely spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day staying warm at home, the Hastings Nordic Ski team competed in a big meet Monday. The team raced at Battle Creek Park. Coach John Dewall was encouraged by several of the results he saw, including the finish by Joe Rabaey, a first-year member of the team. "He's coming along remarkably fast," Dewall said. "He's in great shape from cross country running this fall. He's picked up the technique quickly. The learning curve for him goes quick. His times are dropping. He was our No.