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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The Hastings Thrifty White drug store will soon be closing its doors. Employees at the store were told of the news Wednesday night. The store will close after its normal day of business on Jan. 13. All pharmacy records will be transferred to the Walgreens store in Hastings that night and will be available to customers starting Jan. 14. More information on this story will be posted as it becomes available. The business is located on Vermillion Street at the intersection of Highway 55 and 61, adjacent to The Bierstube.
A Hastings police officer is being investigated for theft following an incident here on Nov. 22, 2010. Rene Doffing, a longtime member of the force, allegedly stole a wine bottle opener from the bar at the Green Mill around 6 p.m. Nov.
As a little girl here in Hastings, Wendy Dodge-Agen liked her mother's garden. Specifically, she targeted the onions, often times grabbing them from the ground and eating them raw. When her mother would set the pot roast on the dinner table, the first thing Dodge-Agen would grab were the onions. Her fondness for the vegetable earned her a nickname from her older brothers: Onion Head. Later, it was shortened to Onion. Now, that nickname will be part of Dodge-Agen's new Hastings restaurant, which she has dubbed The Onion Grille.
A strong first half of defense kept the Hastings Raiders in their non-conference game last week against Red Wing. While the effort was there defensively, it appeared as though a lid had been put in place on the basket for the Raiders, especially in the second half. The end result? A 58-36 loss to the Wingers. "In the first half, our defensive play was the best that we have had so far this season," coach Chad Feikema said.
The Hastings boys hockey team improved to 5-3 on the season last week with a 5-1 win over Forest Lake. The score may look lopsided, but the game wasn't. Hastings scored single goals in the first and second periods, and held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. In the third, Hastings pulled away with three goals. "The game was a lot closer than the score shows," coach Russ Welch said. "They outshot us, but we kept hanging in there.
The Hastings girls basketball team lost a non-conference game to Red Wing last week, 83-52. Liz Keena led Hastings in scoring with 23 points. Also scoring were: Morgan Tjomsland 2, Emily Daggett 7, Mary Haglund 7, Lexie Harp 5, Nicole Hollar 1, Kallie Dylla 8.
The Hastings girls hockey team improved to 4-3 in conference play with a 3-1 win over Woodbury last week. The Raiders are now in the middle of the Suburban East Conference standings. Roseville and White Bear Lake lead the league with 6-1 records. Stillwater is third at 6-2 and Mounds View is fourth with a mark of 5-2. In the game against Woodbury, Hastings took a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Imagine a line of those blue concrete trucks stretching from the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings up Highway 61 for 3.25 miles. There would be 500 of them, stretching all the way from Hub's Marina up to River Oaks Golf Course. Those 500 trucks, holding 5,000 cubic yards of concrete, is what will be needed to build just six of the piers for the new Hastings bridge. So far, though, all Hastings residents have seen in terms of bridge construction is rather limited. That will soon all be changing as work on the piers gets under way.
The best gift that Hastings man Everett Turnbull ever received didn't come at Christmas. Rather, it came in October. Turnbull, a World War II veteran, took an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for free. He went with about 100 other Minnesota veterans, who spent one day seeing nearly every memorial that could be seen in the nation's capital, including the World War II memorial. Having been as moved by the trip as he was, Turnbull is now on a mission to spread the word about the trips to other Hastings-area veterans.
The Hastings Nordic ski team is full of very happy people again this week. After a number of years with little to no snowfall, the ground is covered this year with an abundance of the white stuff. It's great news for the team, which had been having to travel into northern Wisconsin to simply practice on snow in recent years. Obviously, that's no longer the case. The team recently competed at Troll Hollow in Dresser, Wis., on Dec.