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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The vacant lot at 15th and Vermillion Streets in Hastings may soon have a tenant. A NAPA auto parts store would be the tenant. The lot is where the former Jiffy gas station once sat. The Linn Companies, owners of the Hastings Holiday and the Hastings Goodyear, purchased the lot. They removed the Jiffy store and a house adjacent to the business, making room for possible redevelopment. The business is a long ways away from actually breaking ground on the site.
Three finalists for the Hastings Chief of Police position have been named. They are Wayne Hicks of the Hastings Police Department, Rick Mathwig of the Roseville Police Department and Paul Schnell of the St. Paul Police Department. The three were named the finalists at Monday night's meeting of the Hastings City Council. All three will have a second round of interviews May 24. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
An effort to reduce the speed limit on U.S. Highway 61 near the Hastings bridge may be gaining some momentum. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials alerted State Representative Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, by e-mail late last week that a new study is under way. Results will be made public when the study is completed. A fatal crash just north of the Hastings bridge May 3 brought the issue to the forefront again. It had been a hot topic two years ago, too, when fatal crashes claimed more lives. In all, six lives have been lost on Highway 61 between U.S.
A 1-0, eight-inning loss to Mounds View on Wednesday, May 5, snapped the Hastings girls softball team's five-game winning streak. The loss was another close, extra-inning affair for the Raiders. Hastings has a 10-3 record on the season. The three losses have been by a combined total of four runs, and two were extra-inning games. "We're so close," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. We're an error away, and a big hit away, from being undefeated. It's nothing we're really panicking over.
The list of potential candidates to become the next Hastings Chief of Police just got a lot smaller. By this time next week, it will be narrowed even further. Last week, a city-hired consultant combed through the nearly 30 applications the city received for the position. The consultant narrowed the field to six candidates. Those six will spend all day Tuesday, May 11, meeting with three different interview panels. Two of the three panels are made up of members of the Hastings business community, the city council, the school district and students.
Following a wild 17 inning, 3-1 win over Forest Lake on Monday, the Hastings softball team finds itself in familiar territory: Hastings has won five straight and is moving its way back up the state rankings. One week ago, the Raiders were 4-2. As of Wednesday, Hastings had a 9-2 record. Hastings junior Brit Robinson returned to action last week, and with her return, many other players were moved back to their intended roles, which has certainly helped the team defense. "One of the biggest things is getting Brit back, getting our whole team healthy and getting everyone back to where we were
For the staff at Great Clips in Hastings and the Hastings Police Department, Jim Wallberg is a hero. You may have never heard of him before. In fact, before last week, neither had the staff at Great Clips. But a lot has changed at Great Clips over the past 14 days. On April 22, a man burst into the business on Vermillion Street, implied he had a gun and demanded their money. Staff told the man they had no cash, and he quickly left. That's where Wallberg comes into play. While making his deliveries as a UPS driver, Wallberg looked up and saw a man running.
Since November, life had been cruel to longtime Hastings resident Ray Burr. Doctors diagnosed him with terminal lung cancer that month, and he was given just six months to live. His family took the news hard. So, when Ray mentioned over the winter that he wanted to see his old friend Charley Pride play one last time, the Burrs got busy. They wanted to make that dream come true. Immediately, the family examined Pride's tour schedule to see when he would be coming this way.
At the beginning of the season, Hastings softball coach Dean Robinson figured his team had a bullseye on its back. The Raiders placed third at the state tournament last year and entered the season as the state's No. 1 ranked team. Robinson was right. The Raiders are definitely a target. Thus far, Hastings is off to a 4-2 start. Injuries have certainly played a part in all this. Junior Brit Robinson, one of the team's top players, injured her knee the first week of practice.
By the time he turned 17, Luke Lingle had learned two key skills that, to this day, help him run a growing and successful business in Hastings. First, he learned about printing. Second, he learned the basics of making money. As a member of a Park High School boys hockey team that was having a successful season, he spearheaded an effort to print up hundreds of T-shirts that featured the names of the players on the team.