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 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.
Local softball fans won't have to travel far to watch the state's No. 1-ranked softball team in action this year. That team is located at Hastings High School. When the season's first statewide rankings came out this week, Hastings took the top spot. Eagan is No. 2 and North St. Paul is No. 3. "I went to the girls and told them," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. "We just have to keep our heads on straight. We can't go around talking smack.
About a year ago, the Fed Ex delivery truck brought some awful news to Joe O'Brien Chevrolet. This week, that same truck should deliver some of the best news to ever arrive at the Hastings dealership. After 10 months of bad news, lawyers, more bad news and more lawyers, Tim and Holly O'Brien learned last week over the phone that Chevrolet will reinstate their dealership. The paperwork was to arrive this week. "This will be a visit from the Fed Ex truck that I won't mind," Holly O'Brien said Monday.
At first, April 2 was a sad day for Patrick Sieben. He learned through Facebook that two winning bands had been notified they would be opening for Bon Jovi. Sieben and his band, Select 3, didn't win The Big Break competition. Or so he thought. As he sat in an airplane waiting to fly back to Minneapolis from Denver, though, Sieben got a call from his friend. "Congratulations," his friend yelled into the phone. Confused, Sieben took a minute to explain to his friend that Select 3 had in fact not won. But the caller had good news: Someone at KQRS had made a mistake.
Both Pleasant Drive and Westview Drive will see major construction this summer in Hastings. The Hastings City Council voted recently to approve the work, which will begin in June and likely last into September. At last week's city council meeting, city engineer Nick Egger said that construction will not be taking place on both roads at once. Rather, the contractor will need to finish all of the construction on one road before beginning on the other.
Lorie Line will be in concert at Hastings Middle School for one show at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Hastings Middle School auditorium. The concert is part of her 42-show tour that began a week ago and runs through August. Line is playing a number of small venues across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as part of the tour. Included in that mix is Hastings. "We go to all these great communities across the Midwest," said husband and spokesman Tim Line. "We find these charming venues and go in and do these shows. It has been a lot of fun. We're taking the music out to the people.