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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Friday morning's strong storm in Hastings prompted a significant delay at the Minnesota State Open golf tournament at the Hastings Country Club. The tournament started at 7:30 a.m. Friday, but was delayed approximately 3 hours because of lightning, strong winds and hail that came through the area. Tents around the course were demolished, tree branches littered the course and leaves and twigs were everywhere. Once the storm passed, grounds crews were out in force and got the clean-up under way. By 10:30 a.m. the tournament resumed. The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday.
We've probably never written more about chickens than we have the last two weeks. What's all the fuss about? On Monday, the Hastings Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for Hastings residents to keep chickens in their backyards as pets and as a food source. Let's jump to a conclusion that most residents aren't necessarily interested in having chickens as pets. More, it is safe to say, are interested in eating chickens than they are cuddling up with one after a long day of work. But as it stands right now, the ordinance is flawed.
Molly Rhoads, local stock car driver, participated in the fourth annual Raptor Bowl at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis July 15. She was invited by former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro linebacker and event director Matt Blair to join the U.S. Olympic curling team and other celebrities to compete in the celebrity portion of the Raptor Bowl. Rhoads, who races in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series in the Super Late Model Division throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, was teamed with former Minnesota Wild defenseman Brad Bombardir, Jason Smith from the curling team and Viktor, Minnesota Vikings mascot.
The Hastings Rivertown Days Tennis Tournament results are published here.
Anita Freiermuth, chairperson of the Hall of Fame Committee, this week announced the 2009 inductees into the Miesville Baseball Hall of Fame. Jack Akin, Jim Kruse, and Matt Werner are this year's inductees. Denny Hoffmann, spokesperson for the Miesville Dugout Club, reports on these men about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame: Jack Akin played from 1980 to 1988. Akin played first base his entire career and led the team in home runs each year that he played.
For Troy Weathers of Hastings, Rivertown Days is always a great event. But lately the annual celebration has just kept getting better and better. Weathers is the reason the DockDogs competition is an annual event now. It was three years ago, when he was on the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was involved in a conversation about finding new events. Weathers knows Tom Dropik well.
Win a million bucks. Watch great golf. Cheer on 10 Hastings players. Raise funds for the Special Olympics. Raise funds for Hastings Family Service. Not a bad weekend, right? All of it is happening starting today (Thursday) at Hastings Country Club. The club is playing host to the Minnesota State Open. The tournament features the best 160 golfers from Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Over the weekend of July 24-26, the Hastings Country Club will be playing host to the Minnesota State Open. One of the main draws for Hastings residents will be the chance to win $1 million in a hole-in-one contest. So, do you want to win $1 million? Here's what you'll have to do: Starting Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and continuing Sunday, qualifying will be held for the $1 Million Shootout. Anyone can come take their shot at qualifying. It is open to the public. Players will take their best shot at a 150-yard hole set up on the driving range at the country club.
The Hastings football community is now more connected than ever. This summer, Hastings Football Connections took shape. The group launched its website, formed a board and is officially up and running. The non-profit organization spells out its mission like this: "The mission of the HFC is to promote football in the Hastings community and foster moral leadership in our athletes.