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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At a young age, Aleeza Saande knew she had a winning smile. While riding on the back of a bicycle while one of her parents pedaled the Cannon Valley Trail, she'd stop other bikers and say to them: "A penny for my smile." Most times, the other bikers would pay up, then see the bubbly little 5-year-old grin from ear-to-ear. Her goal? To earn enough money on the trip to pay for an ice cream cone by the time her family got to Welch. Most of the time, she succeeded. When her grandparents would come to visit, Aleeza Saande had come up with a way to get coins away from them, too.
The Hastings Police Department has released images of the two men suspected in the Thursday-morning robbery at the AmericInn in Hastings. Police are hoping the public can help identify the men in the photos. If you think you know who they are, you are asked to call the department at 651-480-2300.
Two armed men robbed the night clerk at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Hastings early Thursday morning. The robbery took place at about 1:30 a.m. Both men had guns. "They did get an undisclosed amount of money," Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said. "They then taped the night clerk, with duct tape, to a chair. She was ultimately able to escape after they left." Investigators have been working to identify the suspects. "There could be as many as four suspects involved in the entire incident, but we don't know that for certain," Schnell said.
The Hastings boys basketball team earned its second win of the season, and its first conference win, by beating Park on Tuesday night, 59-56. The Raiders got 21 points from Darius Wilkerson and the team had two other players in double figures. Tony Hammes finished with 14 and Josh Monjeau had 12. Also scoring were Ellis Williams (8) and Matt Anderson (4). Hastings beat Prescott earlier this season. The Raiders have a 2-9 record. Vs Roseville Hastings lost to Roseville, the league-leaders, 77-53, on Friday. Roseville held a 36-20 halftime lead, then outscored Hastings 41-33 in the secon
While their friends likely spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day staying warm at home, the Hastings Nordic Ski team competed in a big meet Monday. The team raced at Battle Creek Park. Coach John Dewall was encouraged by several of the results he saw, including the finish by Joe Rabaey, a first-year member of the team. "He's coming along remarkably fast," Dewall said. "He's in great shape from cross country running this fall. He's picked up the technique quickly. The learning curve for him goes quick. His times are dropping. He was our No.
One of the most experienced swimming teams in the Suburban East Conference is Mounds View. One of the least experienced swimming teams in the Suburban East Conference is Hastings. So, judging from just those two statements, it would probably be pretty easy to predict who came out on top of last week's meet between the two schools. If you predicted Mounds View to win, you'd be right. The Mustangs won, 99-66. "They are one of the top five teams in the state," coach Gerry Rupp said. "They're pretty heavy with upperclassmen.
Hastings and Stillwater played to a 2-2 tie last Tuesday night in girls hockey. For the Raiders, it was a big step in the right direction. In late November, Stillwater beat Hastings, 4-2. "We challenged our girls in practice to try to get tougher on the body in all one on one situations during the game," coach Jeff Corkish said. "We were losing battles during the forecheck, defensive-zone coverage as well as the neutral zone.
Up until this week, the Hastings boys hockey team had a 6-6-1 record, with all six of those losses coming by one goal. That trend disappeared, though, with tough losses to Eagan and Stillwater this week. Hastings lost to Eagan, 7-3, and then Stillwater, 7-1. Eagan is one of the state's top teams. "That was a tough game," Hastings coach Russ Welch said. "We gave up a couple goals, and then a couple bad goals. Eagan is just very good. We had a great effort.
For a team with just two seniors, the Hastings girls Alpine skiing team sure is making waves in the Suburban East Conference. The Raiders are consistently in the top half of the conference races, as was the case last Tuesday at Welch Village. "For how young we are, we are doing well," coach Jim Peine said. "We have those two seniors, then we have a lot of freshmen and seventh-graders. Alyssa Gerlach led the girls with a 16th-place finish. She had a time of 1:05.20 on her two runs.
At the beginning of the season, Hastings girls basketball coach Mike Harp knew that wins in the Suburban East Conference would be hard to come by this year. There were, though, some games that he knew his team had a legitimate chance to win. Two of those were this week, and in both cases, Harp's assessment was right.