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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The Bierstube had me at "fresh ground, never frozen Angus beef." On Monday, I got a half-pound of that beef. On top of it was a gooey concoction of bleu cheese and bacon, nestled in a wonderfully toasted bun. I added the 'Stube's famous steak fries and had myself quite a nice lunch for $6.50. The Bierstube has half-priced burgers on Monday, so long as you buy a beverage. Normally, the burger I had was $7.49 plus $2.75 for the steak fries. A third-pound option is available for $6.49. Don't miss Baby back ribs are served every day.
Two Hastings men led police on a chase Tuesday night through the Three Rivers Mobile Home Park. The chase ended in a ditch along Highway 316. The two men are expected to be charged at noon in Dakota County court Friday, Oct. 3. They have been in custody since they were apprehended Tuesday night. The chase began after a Hastings Police patrol officer attempted to pull over a vehicle that had a tail light out. The vehicle sped up and attempted to flee the officer.
In March, Ryan Gelhar and Heidi Cordell were married in Cozumel, Mexico. The ocean was the backdrop. The groom was clad in khaki pants and bright blue shirt. That scene is a far cry from what Ryan and his family are going through this week. Ryan is in a hospital room at Regions in bad shape. Early Sunday morning he fell 14 feet onto a concrete garage floor. His brain has swollen, and a coma was induced Monday to help with the swelling.
I didn't even have to get out of my car to order this week's highlighted burger. In fact, I didn't even have to get out of my car to eat it. I was lovin' it! While seated comfortably in my car, I ate the Big Mac, a creation that has to be the most famous burger in the world. What's in it? As if you don't know: "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun." I?got my Big Mac, an order of fries and a pop for $4.79. It certainly wasn't my first Big Mac. And it probably won't be my last. But I?am in no way Hastings' version of Don Gorske.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings held its annual fall festival Sunday. Kathryn Reifenberger from Hastings Total Lifecare Center competes in a stroller race.
Members of the Hastings Fire Department used a ladder truck to display this large United States of America flag over Vermillion Street on Thursday, Sept. 11, to pay respect to those who lost their lives seven years ago.
When Dee and Steve Bergschneider opened Mail Boxes Etc. in the Westview Center eight years ago, the location made perfect sense. They were next to a bustling grocery store, the ideal placement for their business. But not long after they moved in, the grocery store moved out. Consider that problem finally solved. Last week, the Bergschneiders moved their business, now known as The UPS Store, next to Cub Foods.
Two months ago, on July 10, a straight-line wind storm and/or tornado ripped through the countryside just south of Hastings. Between Hampton and Miesville, trees were flattened, barns demolished and crops damaged. Cleanup work continues, to say the least. Among those staying especially busy this summer are the farmers. Most lost irrigators in the storm because of the high winds.
There's bacon. Then there's The Bacon at Little Oscar's in Hampton. The Bacon at Little Oscar's could make an old shoe taste good. So, imagine The Bacon on top of cheesy hash browns, on top of a 1/2 pound burger, sandwiched between two soft buns. Well, I didn't have to imagine it last week. I ate it. Every last piece of it, in fact. It was the Wig Wag Caboose Burger Supreme, available along Highway 52 for $7.99 including the fries. A little-known fact: Little Oscar's sells the bacon for you to take home and cook.
Breakfast for me on Tuesday was pretty light, so I thought: Why not combine a little breakfast with my lunch? And that's exactly what I did at Perkins along Highway 61 in Hastings. I got all I could handle and more with the Sunrise burger, one of five limited-time-only burger offerings at Perkin's. It was described like this on the menu: "Enjoy the decadent combination of our luscious hamburger patty topped with a sizzling fried egg, Applewood smoked bacon, golden hash browns, American and Monterey jack cheeses and sour cream, all on a fresh bun.