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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While Hastings has a small and young swimming team, that doesn't, by any stretch of the imagination, mean the Raiders aren't a talented bunch. Sure, there's just one senior. Sure, there are no juniors. But Hastings' tradition of strong swimmers continues as evidenced by last week's 99-79 win over Park. At one point, even while using a mixed-up lineup, Hastings led 99-54. Just how good are the youthful Raiders?
Hastings High School senior Liz Keena hopes to score her 1,000th career point tonight, Feb. 3, during a game against Woodbury. Keena is just 11 points away from the milestone. Only three other players in HHS history have hit 1,000 career points. They are Erin Ditty, Amber Wirth and Kathryn Reuter. Tonight's game begins at 7:15 p.m.
Believe it or not, the Hastings girls hockey team has just one regular season game left this season. On Saturday, Hastings plays host to Forest Lake at 5:15 p.m. in the regular-season finale. By Wednesday, the Raiders will open play in the section tournament. Just who the Raiders will play still hasn't been determined. The section seeding meeting is planned for Sunday. The top four seeds in the section will play host to a first-round game. The semifinal and final round is planned for Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. The semifinal round is Feb.
Football coaches say it all the time. Defense wins championships. Baseball coaches say it all the time. If you pitch well and play good defense, you'll have a chance to win every game out there. Basketball coaches praise defense, too, but at some point, some offense needs to be mixed in. It's that part of the game that Hastings is struggling with right now, and the result is a 2-15 record. "In basketball, sooner or later, somebody has to score," Hastings coach Chad Feikema said. "You can play great defense, but somebody still has to score for you.
by Chad Richardson Editor When Rob and Justina Groth decided to open their own restaurant and bar in Prescott, Wis., they figured they'd work hard to get the place open by mid-February. Then the Green Bay Packers kept winning and suddenly, all the plans changed for Groths. With the Packers playing in this weekend's Super Bowl, the Groths sped things up and will be open for business at 11 a.m. Sunday. "We were thinking mid-February, and then, all of a sudden, the Packers were in the Super Bowl," Rob Groth said.
Snow Week coronation was held Friday afternoon at Hastings High School. Freshmen winners were Kit Ruedy and Connor Fultz. Sophomore winners were Holly Schluessler and Andrew Rivera. Junior winners were Quinn Aakre and Natalie Wilson. Senior winners were Tom Blissenbach and Katie Gapp.
Thousands of times a day, cars on Highway 55 just outside of Hastings zip by Endres Processing. Few, though, know what the firm does. Regardless, Endres was just named the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce business of the year. The firm was honored Tuesday in a banquet. So, what do they do there? Essentially, the firm picks up truck loads of expired baked goods. They bring that food to their plant along Highway 55. It leaves not long after as a food supplement for cattle, pigs and poultry. The business is owned by Leon J. Endres, a 1980 graduate of Hastings High School.
Hastings High School showed off its talented students Monday night during the Snow Week Variety Show. Colton Peltier won the show for his piano solo. Sean Kelly placed second with a vocal solo, and Ali Smith placed third with her vocal solo. Snow Week coronation is planned for Friday at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the high school. The coronation caps off a week full of activities at the school.
The Hastings gymnastics team scored a nice Suburban East Conference win over Cretin-Derham Hall last week, 127.075-125.125. "The varsity girls are all starting to add new skills and are changing things up in their routines," coach Jeanne Kasel said. "That is starting to show in their scores." Jamie Becker led Hastings with a third-place finish in the all-around with a score of 33.15. Courtney Kasel had a 31.7 to place fourth and Ali Kromer was fifth with a 30.7. Becker score a 9.1 on floor, her personal best.
A four-game winless streak came to a great end last week for the Hastings girls hockey team. The Raiders snapped the streak with a resounding 8-1 win over East Ridge. Hastings had a 0-3-1 record in the four games leading into Friday's game with the Raptors. Hastings scored three first-period goals, added a single goal in the second period and then exploded for four third-period tallies. "It was nice to get a win and to get a lot of goals," coach Jeff Corkish said. "The kids played really well. We've played some tough teams lately during a tough part of our schedule.