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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Hundreds of volunteers turned out in Hastings on Saturday morning to fill sandbags, which will be used to protect homes in east Hastings from rising floodwaters. In all, more than 20,000 sandbags were filled by volunteers. Some of the sandbags were put to use immediately at two homes in east Hastings. Long lines of volunteers passed the sandbags from the street to the homes. The effort was coordinated by Bless Hastings and the City of Hastings. The sandbagging took place in the parking lot of Christ Family Church.
Living along the shores of the St. Croix River north of Hastings provides homeowners a chance to get up close and personal with all kinds of wildlife. But what one homeowner there saw last week was anything but a welcome sight. In her backyard was an adult bald eagle, covered in snow and ice. It couldn't fly and needed help. The homeowner picked up her phone and called down the road to the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings. She spoke to Jim Nielsen, a board member at the nature center, and told him about the eagle.
United States Representative John Kline was in Hastings Friday to get informed on this year's predicted flood. Kline met with Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, Dakota County Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Carlson and three other county sheriffs at the Dakota County Government Center. He then traveled to east Hastings to get an up-close look at the Mississippi River, which is expected to hit its flood stage by Saturday, March 26.
Every two years, the Minnesota State High School League reviews its competitive section assignments. Every time the assignments change, there are winners and losers. This year, consider the Hastings wrestling team among one of the winners. For the past four years, Hastings has competed in the same section as Apple Valley. That, ultimately, has meant that qualifying for the state tournament as a team is all but impossible. The Eagles were the No. 1 ranked team in the nation this year, fielding a team of athletes resembling a lineup most small colleges would die to have.
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.