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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By Wayne Erickson Special to the Star Gazette The Hastings Hawks have advanced to the Section 1B playoffs by taking two games from the Northfield Knights in the 4/5 play-in series. The Hawks finished tied for third place in the Classic Cannon Valley League with the Red Wing Aces but the tie-breaker criteria put the local nine into the play-in series. Hastings opened the series at home on Friday, July 31 and defeated the Knights by the score of 9-5. The Hawks banged out 12 hits and took advantage of four Northfield errors en route to the victory.
If Marshall Morehead can coach soccer like he can play it, the Hastings boys soccer team is going to be really good, really quick. If his name sounds familiar to soccer fans, there's good reason for it. He was the state's first Mr. Soccer in 1996 at Stillwater. He was a high school All American, played collegiately at University of Wisconsin-Madison for one year, and then three at Marquette. After graduation, he played professionally for the Minnesota Thunder for three years. Not a bad resume, right?
The summer season has come and gone already for the Hastings American Legion team. The team got off to a rough start, but turned their season around in the final eight games. Unfortunately for Hastings, that turnaround wasn't enough to qualify the team for the postseason Legion tournament. "Two teams we beat, with the same league record as us, went ahead of us (in the seeding)," Hastings coach Nick Tuckner said. "It's frustrating. It's really frustrating." Hastings started the season losing its first six games. The team was 1-8 at one point the season.
Ten players from the Hastings Country Club qualified for the Minnesota State Open last week here in Hastings. Five of them made the cut. And one of them finished in the top 10. All-in-all, it was a great weekend at HCC, highlighted with the winner, Brett Swedberg, shooting a 67 in the final round and by Chris Borgen of HCC shooting a final-round 68 to earn a sixth-place tie. Swedberg, out of Alexandria Country Club, won $10,000 with his three-day total of 207.
So, you're a mother. You're busy with shuttling kids to soccer practice, you're busy with work, and your hair takes a backseat to the chaos that is most mornings. And your hair never looks as good as the day it was cut at the salon. So, what in the world did the stylist at the salon do to your hair to get it to look so good? Wouldn't you like to know? Well, now you can. Nicole's Nu Wave in Hastings is offering a Blow Dry Boot Camp. It is open to anyone who wants to learn to style his or her hair like the pros do, and it is totally free. The boot camp will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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.