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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All kinds of things went right for the Hastings boys basketball team in their season opener last week against Prescott. In the end, that might have been bad news for the Raiders. Just a few days later, the team lost to Farmington, 70-48. "Given we are a little inexperienced, and that we played fairly well and got a win in the Prescott game, maybe we were a little bit full of ourselves," coach Chad Feikema said. "We lost a little bit of our edge. We'll have to learn that things won't be handed to us.
Three goals in a three-minute span was all the Hastings boys hockey team would need in its win Thursday over East Ridge. The flurry came in the first period, putting the Raiders up for good. All that, and Hastings took four penalties in the first period alone. "Those three goals got us off to a good start," Hastings coach Russ Welch said. "We were moving our feet. We won races to the puck. We had the puck a lot." Nate Flynn opened the scoring at 11:09.
The two administrators at the Minnesota Veterans Home who were recently put on leave will not be going back to their old positions.
The Hastings man charged with the hate graffiti that appeared on houses, garages and cars on Dec. 3 has been charged with a felony. Alex Russell Nowlan was charged in Dakota County with first degree criminal damage to property.
A truck caught fire and burned Monday morning in Hastings. The truck caught fire at about 10:40 a.m. near the State Farm parking lot on the 2100 block of Vermillion Street. Hastings firefighters were called to the scene and extinguished the blaze. It appeared that nobody was injured in the fire. A cause of the fire is not known at this point. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
An incredible winter storm dropped approximately 16 inches of snow in Hastings over the weekend. Snow began falling here Friday night around 9 p.m. and finally let up at about 7 p.m. Saturday. When all was said and done, the snow total makes the blizzard one of the worst in the state's history. If you have photographs of the storm that you want to share with the Star Gazette, please e-mail them to editor Chad Richardson: email@example.com .
As a major winter storm is set to roll into Hastings late Friday and Saturday, the City of Hastings is preparing for another snow emergency. The City of Hastings had declared its first snow emergency of the season one week ago, and Hastings police were ticketing cars to be towed to make way for snow plows to do their work. In all, 42 cars were ticketed and one was towed. Any time the city gets two or more inches of snow, a snow emergency is declared and residents must either remove their automobiles from the street, or they will get ticketed. "(The police department) tagged and towed quite
The 2010-11 season isn't off to a good start for the Hastings girls basketball team. The Raiders have lost their first four games. The team opened its season with a 44-41 loss to Prescott. On Friday, Hastings lost to Henry Sibley, 52-39. On Saturday, the Raiders fell to South St. Paul 48-35. On Tuesday, Hastings lost to Mahtomedi, 64-59. In Tuesday's game against Mahtomedi, Liz Keena led the Raiders with 26 points. Mary Haglund had 15 and Emily Daggett had seven. Also scoring were Lexie Harp (four), Jordan Marshall (three), Kelsey Nelson (two) and Kallie Dylla (two).
The Hastings boys basketball team got its season off to a great start Tuesday night with a 77-63 non-conference win over Prescott. The Raiders had great balance in scoring, with four players scoring in double figures. Junior Quintan Weaver led the way for the Raiders with 23 points. Tony Hammes had 15, Darius Wilkerson had 13 and Ellis Williams scored 10. Also scoring were Aaron Stevens (six), Ben Knoll (five), Mitch Hoffman (three) and Jon Sindt (two). Up next Hastings plays at Farmington Thursday night. The Raiders play host to Delano in a 4 p.m.
A 4-1 record so far this season has propelled the Hastings girls hockey team into the state's top 15 teams. The Raiders are now ranked No. 14 in Class AA. "That's great for the girls," Hastings coach Jeff Corkish said. "They deserve it. They've worked really hard. Any recognition they get is fun for them to see and read about." One of those wins came Friday in a Suburban East Conference game against Cretin-Derham Hall. Hastings won 4-1. "Overall, our kids played hard and they did the little things we asked them to do," Corkish said.