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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Members of the Hastings Fire Department used a ladder truck to display this large United States of America flag over Vermillion Street on Thursday, Sept. 11, to pay respect to those who lost their lives seven years ago.
When Dee and Steve Bergschneider opened Mail Boxes Etc. in the Westview Center eight years ago, the location made perfect sense. They were next to a bustling grocery store, the ideal placement for their business. But not long after they moved in, the grocery store moved out. Consider that problem finally solved. Last week, the Bergschneiders moved their business, now known as The UPS Store, next to Cub Foods.
Two months ago, on July 10, a straight-line wind storm and/or tornado ripped through the countryside just south of Hastings. Between Hampton and Miesville, trees were flattened, barns demolished and crops damaged. Cleanup work continues, to say the least. Among those staying especially busy this summer are the farmers. Most lost irrigators in the storm because of the high winds.
There's bacon. Then there's The Bacon at Little Oscar's in Hampton. The Bacon at Little Oscar's could make an old shoe taste good. So, imagine The Bacon on top of cheesy hash browns, on top of a 1/2 pound burger, sandwiched between two soft buns. Well, I didn't have to imagine it last week. I ate it. Every last piece of it, in fact. It was the Wig Wag Caboose Burger Supreme, available along Highway 52 for $7.99 including the fries. A little-known fact: Little Oscar's sells the bacon for you to take home and cook.
Breakfast for me on Tuesday was pretty light, so I thought: Why not combine a little breakfast with my lunch? And that's exactly what I did at Perkins along Highway 61 in Hastings. I got all I could handle and more with the Sunrise burger, one of five limited-time-only burger offerings at Perkin's. It was described like this on the menu: "Enjoy the decadent combination of our luscious hamburger patty topped with a sizzling fried egg, Applewood smoked bacon, golden hash browns, American and Monterey jack cheeses and sour cream, all on a fresh bun.
Students in Independent School District 200 went back to school Tuesday morning. Students heading into Pinecrest Elementary School in Hastings received an especially warm welcome as members of the Hastings High School football cheerleading team cheered them on as they entered school.
If you like a little scenery with your burger, then you'll want to be at the Hastings American Legion Post 47. The Legion's main summertime attractions are a patio overlooking the Mississippi River and, in our case, burgers! This week's selection was the aptly named Legion Burger, a 1/3 pound patty smothered in mushrooms, fried onions, bacon, swiss and American cheese. I?added fries, of course. The bill was $8.45. Without the fries the burger is $6.95. On the day that we stopped at the Legion, a bald eagle circled overhead and boats whizzed past on the river.
Barbecue sauce, bacon, cheese and beef. Add in a buttered and toasted bun, and you have the smokehouse burger at Dugarel's in Hastings. Not bad for the ol' Buccaneer, right? What was long ago the Buccaneer bowling alley in south Hastings is now home to this week's burger of the week, a cheesy and gooey concoction served with onion rings and a pickle for $7.99 at lunch. The half-pound version is available at dinner for $8.49, including chips, potato salad or cole slaw. You can add in french fries or waffle fries for $1.50.
Downtown Hastings was again filled with classic cars and people Saturday for the Historic Hastings Saturday Night Cruise-In. Among those who brought cars to the show were Bill and Carolyn Corson, who brought their 1959 Cadillac to the show. The car was once owned by the Grateful Dead's Jerry?Garcia and later by Boyd Coddington, star of TLC's American Hot Rod series and a well-known hot rod builder.
The Hastings Star Gazette wants to send you to a Minnesota Golden Gopher football game. All you have to do is send in a story idea. The Star Gazette has a pair of tickets to each game. We're giving away tickets for the following games: Saturday, Aug. 30, against Northern Illinois; Saturday, Sept. 13, against Montana State; Saturday, Sept. 20, against Florida Atlantic. To be entered into a drawing for the tickets, just e-mail Hastings Star Gazette editor Chad Richardson a story idea. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org . Winners will be notified via e-mail.