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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Following a wild 17 inning, 3-1 win over Forest Lake on Monday, the Hastings softball team finds itself in familiar territory: Hastings has won five straight and is moving its way back up the state rankings. One week ago, the Raiders were 4-2. As of Wednesday, Hastings had a 9-2 record. Hastings junior Brit Robinson returned to action last week, and with her return, many other players were moved back to their intended roles, which has certainly helped the team defense. "One of the biggest things is getting Brit back, getting our whole team healthy and getting everyone back to where we were
For the staff at Great Clips in Hastings and the Hastings Police Department, Jim Wallberg is a hero. You may have never heard of him before. In fact, before last week, neither had the staff at Great Clips. But a lot has changed at Great Clips over the past 14 days. On April 22, a man burst into the business on Vermillion Street, implied he had a gun and demanded their money. Staff told the man they had no cash, and he quickly left. That's where Wallberg comes into play. While making his deliveries as a UPS driver, Wallberg looked up and saw a man running.
Since November, life had been cruel to longtime Hastings resident Ray Burr. Doctors diagnosed him with terminal lung cancer that month, and he was given just six months to live. His family took the news hard. So, when Ray mentioned over the winter that he wanted to see his old friend Charley Pride play one last time, the Burrs got busy. They wanted to make that dream come true. Immediately, the family examined Pride's tour schedule to see when he would be coming this way.
At the beginning of the season, Hastings softball coach Dean Robinson figured his team had a bullseye on its back. The Raiders placed third at the state tournament last year and entered the season as the state's No. 1 ranked team. Robinson was right. The Raiders are definitely a target. Thus far, Hastings is off to a 4-2 start. Injuries have certainly played a part in all this. Junior Brit Robinson, one of the team's top players, injured her knee the first week of practice.
By the time he turned 17, Luke Lingle had learned two key skills that, to this day, help him run a growing and successful business in Hastings. First, he learned about printing. Second, he learned the basics of making money. As a member of a Park High School boys hockey team that was having a successful season, he spearheaded an effort to print up hundreds of T-shirts that featured the names of the players on the team.
A Hastings golf course, Hidden Greens, was just named the top public golf course in the state by City Pages, a Minneapolis-based weekly publication. Every year, City Pages doles out Best Of awards in a number of categories. Hidden Greens learned it was selected Thursday. "We're pretty excited," general manager Denise Dodge said Friday. "This is one of the coolest things I've heard in a long time. It was very unexpected. It was quite a surprise. A good surprise.
Friday, April 30, marks the final day of service for the City of Hastings' TRAC bus service. Come Monday, the city will be served by the Metropolitan Council's Transit Link program. What does the change mean? That's still unclear. Here's what we know for sure: all standing orders/subscriptions for people who use the bus every day to get to and fro will be grandfathered in to the system. Those riders should see no disruption. What is unknown is how the change will affect those people who want to take a ride to the grocery store, or take a similar trip within Hastings.
Twenty-nine people applied to be the City of Hastings' next police chief. The deadline to apply was Friday, April 23. "We're very pleased with the results," assistant city administrator Melanie Mesko Lee said. The 29 applications are being reviewed by a city-hired consultant. The consultant will narrow the field to six. Those six will be interviewed by three different panels on May 11. Two of the panels will include council members, city employees and members of the public.
Hastings mayor Paul Hicks is officially running for re-election this fall. He was first elected in 2006 and is seeking a second term. Hicks issued a press release Tuesday morning that read: Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks announced that he is a candidate for re-election this fall. Hicks was first elected Mayor in 2006 and is seeking a second term. Hicks said he looks forward to another positive campaign and will stress the importance of the successes of the last several years. "When I ran for Mayor four years ago we focused on some set goals that have been achieved.
Heroes come in all sizes. This story is about one of the smallest heroes you'll ever meet. He is Peyton Erickson, a 4-year-old Hastings boy who, as his neighborhood sees it, saved a house. Friday afternoon, Peyton was nestled comfortably in front of the television, watching "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" while his mother, Angie, prepared dinner. "Out of nowhere, he said, 'Mom, I see smoke and fire,'" Angie Erickson said. "I looked outside and went 'Oh, my gosh.' You could see there was a deck on fire.