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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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.
Brenda Koch has a word of warning to business owners in the Hastings area: When it comes to marketing your business, don't pay up front. Koch and Randy Brady operate Safer Roads Driving School in Hastings and Woodbury. They were contacted by a man from Eden Prairie who sat down with them in their office and explained some marketing options to them.
It's too early to tell, but it is possible the flood expected in Hastings this spring could delay the construction of the new Hastings bridge. Preparations are under way by the project's contractor, Lunda/Ames, and by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, to prevent the timeline from being affected, but if the flood is a catastrophic one the schedule could very well be affected. Built into the contract are stipulations that would allow the contractor to seek extra time to complete the project.
The Thai Chi restaurant on Vermillion Street in Hastings has closed its doors. According to a sign posted on the front door, a new restaurant is planned in its space. The new business will apparently be named "Amy's Restaurant" and will serve Shanghai-style foods. No further information is available about the new restaurant. Once the Star Gazette gets more information, it will be posted here.
Hastings beat Woodbury Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Section 3AA boys hockey tournament. The Raiders will play Eagan at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the St. Paul Coliseum for a chance to advance to the section finals. Hastings is the No. 4 seed. Eagan is the No. 1 seed. The two teams played against each other once this season. In that meeting on Jan. 11, Eagan won 7-3.
It didn't show up in the win column until Tuesday night, but Hastings coach Chad Feikema knew it was happening. His team, he said earlier this week, was turning a corner. They had played some of their best basketball of the season. Things were looking better. His opinion was confirmed Tuesday night with a decisive 67-49 win over Park. Hastings is now 3-19 on the season, but three of their last four games have gone especially well. "We're playing better now than we have played all season," Feikema said.
For the first time that Hastings boys hockey coach Russ Welch can remember, the Hastings boys hockey team is playing host to a section tournament game. For years, the section tournament was held at neutral sites throughout the Twin Cities. But, as the number of classes have grown, those rinks have grown especially busy, meaning first-round games are played at the higher seed. So, come 7:15 p.m. Thursday night (Feb.
Back on Jan. 14, Roseville and Hastings played against one another in girls basketball. It's easy to say the game was a one-sided affair. Roseville won, 70-20. Last week, when the two teams met again, much had changed. Roseville ended up winning the game, but the score at 49-35 was a great sight for Hastings coach Mike Harp. "I was very proud of the effort and the improvement we showed over the last time we played them," Harp said. "I know we lost, but it was a great effort on the girls' part." Hastings trailed 27-17 at halftime.
A Hastings man has been charged for allegedly fixing traffic tickets in exchange for money. He was indicted earlier this week in federal court. Abdulkadir Mohamoud Afrah, 43, of Hastings, was charged with one count of wire fraud, one count of theft from an organization receiving federal funds and one count of soliciting a bribe by an agent of an organization that receives federal funds.
Hastings will be filled with more than 1,200 singing high school students on Saturday, Feb. 26. Hastings High School's strong choirs program will be playing host to the 12th Swinging on the River show choir competition. The 24-team meet will begin at 7:45 a.m. Saturday and will run throughout the day. There are 21 visiting teams that will be competing, and the three Hastings teams will perform as well. This year's show is the biggest yet. "This is the biggest competition we've ever had," choirs director Lin Warren said. "It's the strongest field we've ever had, too.