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 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.
Another big snowstorm has hit Hastings. According to the National Weather Service, Hastings received about 10 inches of snow. Another one to three inches is forecast for Monday, Feb. 21. A snow emergency has been declared in the city, and crews are ticketing and towing vehicles that are parked on city streets.
Hastings High School's Dustin Erickson placed 28th at the state Alpine ski meet Wednesday afternoon in Biwabik. He had times of 37.20 seconds and 35.62 seconds for a total time of 1:12.82. The winner, Dylan Thomas of St. Thomas Academy, had a time of 1:07.03.
Two more Suburban East Conference wins were tacked on this week by the Hastings boys hockey team. The Raiders have now won six of their last seven games and three in a row. In an 8-3 win over Woodbury on Feb. 12, the story of the night was Nate Flynn. He had one goal and six assists for the Raiders. "He was on fire," coach Russ Welch said. "He was hitting everybody with great passes. He was making some great plays." Austin Nelson had three goals for the Raiders, earning himself yet another hat trick. Andrew Lindberg had two goals.
A great season for the Hastings girls hockey team came to an end Saturday night in Inver Grove Heights. Hastings lost in the semifinal round of the section tournament to No. 1 seeded Rosemount, 3-2. The game went into overtime after the Raiders were able to tie the score 2-2 in the third period. But, at 2:54 of overtime, Rosemount scored the game-winner and the Irish advanced to the section finals. Hastings was the No. 4 seeded team. Josie Stepan scored the first Hastings goal, assisted by Courtney Boucher and Simons.
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.