Chad Richardson has been the general manager and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette since 2007. 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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For a Mexican restaurant, Tamale's in Hastings sure serves good American food. They played host to a group of four Star Gazetters on Friday. While my co-workers indulged on chimichangas, rellenos and a tamale, I was the weirdo who ordered a cheeseburger. But you know what? It was really good. The bun was soft, the burger thick and the cheese and jalapenos were just right. The burger's appearance didn't blow me away. Why would it, I thought? What would a Mexican restaurant know about serving up good burgers? Well, somebody there knows something about burgers.
A couple factors nearly prevented Tyson Gerry from even going hunting on Halloween. First, after all, it was Halloween. Second, he had to work late on his job with an excavating company. But Gerry, who lives in Hastings, rushed home from work, threw on his hunting clothes and went to his deer stand in south Washington County. It was a good thing he went out. After about an hour and 20 minutes in his stand, Gerry got the opportunity of a lifetime.
Ever heard of this place? It's called Burger King. It's located in south Hastings and it sells, among other things, burgers! Well, they have this big burger called the Whopper. They've served a couple since 1957. It had actually been a while since I'd had a Whopper. It comes with a quarter-pound patty, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, pickles and onions. I got it my way for $3.41 on Monday. As always, I was reminded why the sandwich is named so. The thing is as big as ever. With every bite, ingredients spilled out of the burger and onto the wrapper.
Polls opened in Hastings Tuesday morning. A voter enters St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Hastings to cast her vote. Lines were outside the door when the church opened at 7 a.m. for voting, but by 8 a.m. wait times were minimal.
Cravings for prime rib hit at anytime. But, who can justify eating prime rib for lunch? At the Black Stallion Grill and Saloon in Hampton, they make lunchtime prime rib easy -- they have a ground prime rib burger. It's a half-pound of freshly ground prime rib, served between a toasted sesame seed bun. Like the menu says, it melts in your mouth. I got mine with cheese and waffle fries for $14.49. The burger without cheese is $12.99. The flavor is certainly unique. I could definitely tell the difference between the prime rib burger and a regular hamburger.
A Hastings man was injured in an explosion at Spectro Alloys Thursday, Oct. 23, at approximately 5 p.m. Spectro Alloys is located on Highway 55 near the intersection of 55 and Highway 52. Scott Dodge, an employee at Spectro Alloys and a 1972 graduate of Hastings High School, was airlifted from the scene to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He is in critical condition. Dodge's daughter, Jessica, said her father is in a coma and has suffered a head injury. "To what extent (he is injured), we do not know at this time," she said Tuesday. "He has been reacting.
Well, I did it. I don't think I should have. But I did. It's too late to turn back now. I think I'm starting to hallucinate. I need to go to bed. I ate a one-pound burger at RJ's Tavern on Main in Hastings on Friday. Oh, it was good. It was loaded with pepperjack cheese, jalapenos and bacon (my wife was gone over the weekend, so nobody got hurt in this experiment). The hardest part about eating the burger was simply ordering it. It's called, after all, The Artery Blocker. I kinda stumbled at first, then mumbled as I ordered it.
If you think the most important part of a burger is the burger, then Duff's Tavern on Main in Vermillion is where you want to be. The restaurant has three burgers -- the hamburger, the cheeseburger and a California burger. There are no weird toppings. No sauces. No frills. What there is, though, makes up for what there isn't. The real star at Duff's is the beef. Patties are made by hand and char broiled, according to the menu. Those 85 percent lean, thick patties are placed between toasted buns, and you have yourself a hearty meal. It's a burger lovers' burger.
If Rick King fixed cars and trucks for just his relatives, he'd probably be able to run a successful business. He has 13 siblings, countless nieces and nephews, and strong family ties all over the county. King has taken his show on the road and just last month, he opened King's Automotive at a new location. It is now located near the intersection of highways 61 and 316. It's the fourth location for the business. It all started when he was growing up south of Hastings on a farm. Things needed to be fixed, and he was often helping his brothers get things running again.
Fall officially arrived Sept. 22 this year, but for Hastings residents, it didn't begin to look like fall until last week. Colors are at their peak this week, including at the Vermillion River falls.