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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Officially speaking, last week's meet with Stillwater was called Senior Night. It was quickly changed by members of the team, though, to Tony Ring night. The change could be made for one very simple reason: Ring is the only senior on the roster for the Raiders. The lone senior was honored at the meet, then took the pool with his youthful teammates in an attempt to make the meet against the powerful Stillwater Ponies a close one. That, though, was a near impossibility. The Ponies ended up winning 92-76. "Stillwater is very good," Hastings coach Gerry Rupp said.
It took two flawless runs at breakneck speed to qualify for this year's state Alpine ski meet. That's exactly what Dustin Erickson did last Wednesday at Wild Mountain. In the process, he placed 14th and qualified for this week's state meet. "There was some pretty stiff competition there," coach Jim Peine said. "Dusty just had two good, clean, consistent runs. That got him up there." Erickson finished his first run in 28.12 seconds and his second in 30.90. He had a combined time of 59.02. The event's winner, Thomas Dylan of St.
William Boldt, the man arrested in the armed robbery of the AmericInn in Hastings, pled guilty Monday and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Boldt pled guilty to one count of aggravated robbery in the first degree. The robbery took place in the early morning hours on Jan. 20. Three co-defendants have also been charged, according to a press release issued by Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. Lorenzo Barker, age 21 of St. Paul, has a court appearance on February 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings Michael Dziubak, age 21 of St. Paul, has a court appearance on March 14 at 9:00 a.m.
Members of the Hastings High School Band Program have been awarded numerous honors throughout the school year so far. Last year, four students (Lane Manke, Mary Haglund, Joe Poncelet and Chase Fasbender) were selected and awarded the highest honor in the state for band students - All State Band. These four students attended a week-long camp last summer at Concordia College in Moorhead and will be presenting their final All State Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
Last week's swim meet between Hastings and Roseville didn't exactly get off to a very good start for the blue and gold. In the event's first race, the 200 medley relay, the top Hastings relay team was disqualified for an early start. In the second event, Hastings went second and fourth. That wasn't how coach Gerry Rupp had envisioned the meet beginning. Hastings trailed 16-14, and Rupp knew that his team would be giving up 13 points in diving. "I was starting to get a little upset at how we were swimming," Rupp said. "I felt that our team was taking Roseville too lightly.
The Hastings boys hockey team turned a tight game with the No. 3 ranked team in the Suburban East Conference into a blowout thanks to a rally started on a short-handed goal. With Hastings leading 1-0 midway through Saturday's game against Roseville, Hastings took a penalty and Roseville went on the power play. It was Hastings, though, who scored. Nate Flynn scored at 8:01 and Hastings went up 2-0. "That was a big goal," Hastings coach Russ Welch said." That broke their back a little bit.
The Hastings girls basketball team found out against Thursday why the Woodbury Royals are again one of the best teams in the Suburban East Conference. Woodbury beat Hastings on Thursday, 55-20. Woodbury improved to 11-2 in the SEC. Hastings is now 1-12 in league action. "Woodbury is very good, and they're very athletic," coach Mike Harp said. "We just don't match up with them very well. They shot the ball very well, too. "Generally, down at our place, teams don't shoot extremely well. I was hoping that would be the case.
Hastings ran into all kinds of trouble on the boys basketball court in a game last week against Woodbury. The Royals shot the lights out and, in the process, had no problem with the Raiders. Woodbury won, 94-58. "They shot the ball really well," coach Chad Feikema said. "They went on a run and there wasn't a lot we could do." Hastings had three players score in double figures, with Josh Monjeau leading the way. He had 15 points. "He played exceptionally well," Feikema said. "He's just getting much better about attacking the basket and being able to finish.
Squad cars race down the street. You see them pull up to a neighbor's house and, ultimately, curiosity gets the best of you. You wonder what is happening there. Now, with your personal computer, you can find out with a couple pecks at the keyboard. On Monday the service was up and running and that night, Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell shared the news with the city council. Essentially, the city uploads its crime data daily to a mapping service. That service, which costs the city $99 a month, plots out the crimes on a map.
The season ended Tuesday afternoon in Apple Valley for the Hastings Nordic ski teams. The Raiders will not have a racer at the state meet next week, but they did have one racer come within two minutes of qualifying. Sarah Peterson led the Hastings girls with a 16th-place finish. She had a time of 22 minutes, 20 seconds in the classic and a time of 20:08.51 in the freestyle. Her combined time was 42:28.6. Peterson is a junior. The meet was won by Sonja Hedblom, a sophomore from Eagan, who had a time of 36.12.9. Makaila England, a freshman, finished 44th for the Raiders.