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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A 38-year-old Oklahoma man, Franklin Duane Conley, died in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Dakota County Road 46, west of Goodwin Avenue. According to the Dakota County Sheriff's office, Conley, driving a semi trailer was eastbound, drove off the roadway into the ditch, and hit some power wires. A small grass fire resulted. Hastings Fire and Ambulance responded to the scene. Conley was pronounced dead at the scene. A portion of County Road 46 near Goodwin Ave. was closed for traffic in both directions Thursday following the crash.
The Classic Cannon Valley League and Cannon Valley League All-Star team rosters were announced Monday. The two sides will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Wing Athletic Field. The homerun derby will start an hour earlier. The CCVL All-Stars will be going for their first win against the CVL All-Stars since the series began three years ago. It is the first time Red Wing has played host to the CCVL All-Stars since 1999.
Andrew Werner's big game propelled Miesville to a 4-3 victory Saturday over rival Red Wing. The Mudhens starter allowed three runs in six innings, earning the win on his RBI single in the seventh inning. Eric Olson, a recent graduate of the University of St.
Thousands of Hastings area residents turned out Saturday night at the Hastings Country Club to watch the annual fireworks display. This year, those in attendance saw not only the fireworks -- they saw the moon rising as well. The fireworks display is sponsored by Vermillion State Bank.
The Miesville Mudhens won two of three games during a busy stretch last week. The Mudhens beat the Minneapolis Angels in seven innings, 12-1, on Thursday. The Mudhens then put another dozen on the board in a 12-5 win over Rosetown on Friday. Then, on Sunday, the Mudhens lost at home to Dundas, 3-2. In the game against the Minneapolis Angels, Josh Loewen got the win on the mound. Andrew Werner hit a home run for the Mudhens, who scored nine runs in a wild sixth inning. On Friday against Rosetown, Werner got the win on the mound and hit a home run, his third of the season.
Chad Feikema will ask the Hastings boys basketball team to play relentlessly this winter. Full-court defense when necessary. Tight man-to-man coverage. And on the offensive side, he'll expect his players to move as fast as possible down the court. Based on Feikema's history, he should be able to lead by example. The new Hastings coach has 16 years of head coaching experience, has coached everything from baseball to softball to volleyball to basketball, and has at times been his school's athletic director. Staying busy doesn't appear to be much of a problem for Feikema.
On this week's front page, we highlight the wild exploits of a man who made bridge jumping on the Fourth of July a real community event. That said, we don't want to write about any copycats next week. We're certain that if Don Foster were still jumping from bridges, not even he would be crazy enough to jump from the current Hastings bridge. We write this in anticipation of a great weekend here in Hastings. Celebrations are planned pretty much all day here on Saturday to celebrate our independence.
Luke Rasmussen had a dominating performance in the championship game at the Dewey Tauer Invitational Tournament. The pitcher led Miesville to a 3-0 win over the Aces and earned himself MVP honors for the tournament. Rasmussen pitched all nine innings for the Mudhens and only allowed one hit -- a bad hop off the bat of Aces manager Corey Tauer in the first inning. He struck out six and walked two. "Luke pitched a great game and stayed in control throughout," Tauer said. "He spotted his fastball very well and used his changeup effectively in key situations.
The new face at the helm of the Hastings wrestling program is anything but a new face. Justin Hahn, an assistant coach at Hastings High School since 1999, is the new head coach for the Raiders. Hastings athletics director Tom Johnson made the hire as school was letting out. "Justin has an incredible work ethic," Johnson said. "He has great character and has an outstanding knowledge of the sport of wrestling. His commitment to the program will be second to none." Hahn replaces Paul Vaith, who coached in Hastings for 21 years.
Three Hastings girls were invited to participate in the NSLA Lacrosse All Star Game held Saturday, June 13, at Irondale High School. They are pictured above. From left to right are Tricia Wagner, Lisa Mattson and Angel Gelhar. The game included girls from all 11 teams in their league. Final score had the green all-stars defeating the yellow all-stars 15-9. Although the Hastings girls were split up and opposing each other, they managed to round up 18 points between them, with Lisa Mattson leading all scorers in the game with seven goals.