Chad Richardson has been the general manager and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette since 2007. 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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Hastings' cheapest home is still on the market. The vacant house adjacent to the former Jiffy gas station was put on the market, if you will, last week by the Linn Companies. The asking price? It's free. The only catch is that you'd have to pay to move it. Since Linn Companies announced the proposal last week, operations manager Dan King has received about 10 calls on the house. Five callers were pretty serious, he said, and they are doing their research on what it would cost to move the house. "I think there are some people out there who are serious about doing it," he said.
Mike Dahlen is the proud owner of what has to be the smallest car in Hastings. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in economy. At 45 miles per gallon, Dahlen is spending half as much money a month on gas now, compared to when he was driving his Oldsmobile Alero to work in Plymouth. He drives 90 miles round trip a day, and the new car cuts his annual fuel expense in half, from $4,000 a year to $2,000 (based on $4/gallon gas). So, what is it? It's a "smart fortwo." It's bright yellow, just 8.8 feet long and 5.1 feet tall.
Hastings' cheapest home is still on the market. The vacant house adjacent to the former Jiffy gas station was put on the market, if you will, last week by the Linn Companies. The asking price? It's free. The only catch is that you'd have to pay to move it. Since Linn Companies announced the move last week, operations manager Dan King received about 10 calls on the house. Five callers were pretty serious, he said, and they are doing their research on what it would cost to move the house. "I think there are some people out there who are serious about doing it," he said.
Since a story appeared a couple weeks ago about the Linn Companies' desire to redevelop the old Jiffy gas station at the corner of Vermillion and 15th streets, operations manager Dan King has had his phone ringing off the hook. Callers, though, aren't interested in buying the property. Rather, they're concerned about the home that sits on the property that King and his company hope to redevelop. Callers want the house moved, not destroyed. "We're getting four or five calls a day on the house," King said. But King's message is clear. His company isn't going to move the house.
The bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River were the perfect spot to watch the Rivertown Days fireworks on Saturday night. To see more of the weekend's celebration, check out our online photo gallery.
Each time John Kosec's mother, Gretl, opened her freezer, she had no idea what would be staring at her. There were ducks. There were fish. There were squirrels. All frozen, all mixed in with her vegetables. The critters came mostly from the Mississippi River bottoms in Hastings, where her son spent as much time as he could. What was he doing with them? At the youthful age of 12, he was beginning his career as a taxidermist. He loved the outdoors and wanted everything mounted.
A judge has ruled against Wal-Mart in a class-action lawsuit, saying the discount retailer violated state labor laws two million times by cutting workers' break times and "willfully" allowing employees to work off the clock. Dakota County Judge Robert King Jr.
Alex Aamodt and Devon Alwin were all smiles as they took their places just before the start of Friday night's graduation at Hastings High School. They were the first two members of the Class of 2008 to receive their diplomas. In all, 450 students graduated.
No matter who you are, there's probably someone just like you in the Hastings-based National Guard unit. They're young and old, men and women, white, black and Hispanic. Some have the traditional military-style haircut, some are bald and others have full heads of hair. Some wear glasses and a few sport moustaches. Charlie Company of the 834th Aviation Support Battalion gathered at Hastings High School Sunday with members of the public for a farewell ceremony.
Runners race down the Featherstone Road hill during the seventh annual Nick Clare Memorial Run on Saturday. The run is held in tribute to Hastings graduate Nick Clare, who died after a car accident in 2001. Proceeds benefit HHS athletic programs and the scholarship in his name.