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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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.
The Hastings girls basketball season came to an end with a 57-43 loss last week to the Rochester Mayo Spartans in the first round of the Section 1 Class 5A tournament. Mayo was the No. 2 seed. Hastings was the No. 7. Mayo took a 14-point lead in the first half, but Hastings trimmed that lead down. "It was a game where we were very evenly matched in the first half," coach Mike Harp said. "The first 10 minutes, we just couldn't seem to score, and we had too many turnovers.
The Hastings boys swimming team was well represented at the finals for the state meet Saturday at the University of Minnesota. The Raiders had qualified athletes in six swims for the state meet, and four advanced to finals. Leading the way was freshman Colby Smith, who took sixth in the 200 individual medley and ninth in the 100 butterfly. In the individual medley, Smith had a finals time of 1:59.54, which was just a bit slower than his time from prelims of 1:58.57.
A new Hastings restaurant in a familiar space will open for business Monday. The Onion Grille will open Monday, March 14, in the space formerly occupied by the Levee Café, 100 Sibley Street in downtown Hastings. Wendy Dodge-Agen and her husband Mike purchased the space earlier this year and have since been hard at work inside. They've cleaned, painted, decorated and done miscellaneous repairs inside.
Just more than three months after it opened, the Hastings NAPA store was hit by burglars on March 4. The Hastings Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the suspects. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the department at 651-480-2300 or by e-mail at email@example.com . More information on the burglary will be added to this story as it becomes available.
The Hastings boys swimming team was well represented at the finals for the state meet Saturday at the University of Minnesota. The Raiders had qualified athletes in five swims for the state meet, and four advanced to finals. The 200 medley relay team finished ninth with a time of 1 minute, 40.45 seconds. On the team were Brandon Underwood, Colby Smith, Hayden Schmitt and Thomas Everson. In the 200 individual medley, Smith placed sixth with a time of 1:59.54. Everson was 14th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:20.23. Smith placed ninth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.45.
A scratched cornea isn't an injury that figures in to most high school swimming meets, but that's exactly what the Hastings Raiders faced last week. Seventh-grader Elijah Reilly was high-fiving a teammate last week after practice. Somehow, the high-five went terribly wrong, and Reilly's cornea was scratched in two places forcing him to miss last week's section meet in Rochester. Reilly figured to race in a relay and in two individual events.
Hastings' newest restaurant, the Onion Grille, will open March 14. Wendy Dodge-Agen purchased the space, formerly occupied by the Levee Cafe, and began work in January to renovate the space. A soft opening is planned for late next week, and then Dodge will spend the weekend refining and revising before opening the doors for good on March 14. The restaurant will be located at 100 Sibley Street. A complete story will appear next week.