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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The Hastings boys hockey team split a pair of Suburban East Conference games last week. To hear coach Russ Welch talk about the two, you'd think that the Raiders beat Mounds View and lost to Park. But you'd be wrong. Welch was anything but impressed with his team's 4-1 win over Park on Saturday morning. Welch was anything but disappointed with his team's 2-1 loss in overtime to Mounds View Thursday. In the loss to the Mustangs, Hastings outshot their opponent 34-27. "We had a very good second and third period, but we just couldn't score, Welch said. "We just had trouble scoring.
In order for the Hastings swimming team to have beaten Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, absolutely everything would have had to go Hastings' way. After just one event, it was apparent that was not going to be the case. Hastings had its top two 200 medley relay teams disqualified, and that was essentially the end of the meet. Hastings trailed 12-2 after one event, a lead that proved to be insurmountable. C-DH won 96-74. "We had one of those meets where it started out badly for us," coach Gerry Rupp said. "It was like the meet we had with Stillwater two years ago.
The City of Hastings is preparing for another snow emergency. Snow started falling here Monday at noon and has continued. It is expected that by the time the snow stops falling Tuesday morning, the area will have received another six to eight inches of snow. City crews will be tagging and towing parking vehicles on city streets tonight to make room for plows to do their work.
The season is officially under way for the Hastings boys swimming team. The Raiders kicked off the year with the annual conference relays last week. Hastings placed fourth out of 10 teams in the meet with 68 points. Mounds View won the meet with 140 points. Stillwater was second with 118 and Cretin-Derham Hall took third with 106. Hastings has its first home meet of the season tonight (Thursday). The meet begins at 6 p.m.
Hastings High School girls basketball coach Mike Harp knows his team has its shortcomings. The Raiders are 0-7 on the season, and not much has gone right for the Raiders. There's one thing he's not concerned about, though: his team's effort. "The girls play hard every night," Harp said. "They practice hard every day. The girls are working at it. "Nobody wants to be 0-7. I think if we would have a little different offensive output here and there, we could easily be 3-4. It's just one of those deals. "The girls don't like being 0-7. They're going to keep battling.
All kinds of things went right for the Hastings boys basketball team in their season opener last week against Prescott. In the end, that might have been bad news for the Raiders. Just a few days later, the team lost to Farmington, 70-48. "Given we are a little inexperienced, and that we played fairly well and got a win in the Prescott game, maybe we were a little bit full of ourselves," coach Chad Feikema said. "We lost a little bit of our edge. We'll have to learn that things won't be handed to us.
Three goals in a three-minute span was all the Hastings boys hockey team would need in its win Thursday over East Ridge. The flurry came in the first period, putting the Raiders up for good. All that, and Hastings took four penalties in the first period alone. "Those three goals got us off to a good start," Hastings coach Russ Welch said. "We were moving our feet. We won races to the puck. We had the puck a lot." Nate Flynn opened the scoring at 11:09.
The two administrators at the Minnesota Veterans Home who were recently put on leave will not be going back to their old positions.
The Hastings man charged with the hate graffiti that appeared on houses, garages and cars on Dec. 3 has been charged with a felony. Alex Russell Nowlan was charged in Dakota County with first degree criminal damage to property.
A truck caught fire and burned Monday morning in Hastings. The truck caught fire at about 10:40 a.m. near the State Farm parking lot on the 2100 block of Vermillion Street. Hastings firefighters were called to the scene and extinguished the blaze. It appeared that nobody was injured in the fire. A cause of the fire is not known at this point. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.