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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A stop sign and street sign are blanketed in snow after a March 31 snowstorm in Hastings. The city received five inches of snow.
Daniel Swanson couldn't wait to get started hunting for eggs at the 21st annual Edina Realty Easter egg hunt on Saturday at Roadside Park in Hastings. He saw all the eggs in the snow and didn't want to wait until 10 a.m. to get started hunting. He is being comforted by Becky Swanson. Daniel was eventually turned loose and fared well in the hunt.
Pinecrest Elementary students took part in the fifth annual Mitch O'Brien Jump-a-thon last week, honoring Mitch O'Brien and raising money for two of his favorite activities. The proceeds will be divided between the physical education and art departments at Pinecrest and the American Heart Association. Mitch O'Brien died in June of 2003; he was just 10.
One night a month, the Bierstube in Hastings donates half of its food sales to Hastings Family Service. Seems like a simple thing to do, right? It's also quite lucrative for Family Service. Just last week, the restaurant's owner, Jim Yanz, provided HFS with a check for $13,038. That brings the Bierstube's total donation to approximately $80,000 over the past six years. "Hastings has been very supportive of the Bierstube over the years," Yanz said. "We appreciate what the community has done for us.
The environmental impact of last week's tank car leak near Prescott is still being assessed by officials from both the state of Minnesota and BNSF Railway. A BNSF official said approximately 20,000 gallons of ethylene glycol leaked from the tank car. Despite the amount of the spill, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are hopeful the environmental impact will be minimal. Ethylene glycol is primarily used in the manufacture of automotive antifreeze/coolant.
This isn't a story that will make you cry. This is a story that will make you happy. This isn't a story about a frail little boy who is dying from cancer. This is a story about a boy with chubby cheeks who is beating cancer. This is the story about Adam Schmaltz, a little boy from Hastings that you'd love being around. Even as chemotherapy drugs drip into his system, he hops around at the hospital in his favorite toy. He flirts with one of the nurses by chewing on her sleeve, leaving it covered in that sweet-smelling baby saliva. At home a week later, he's still the same guy.
A benefit is planned from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Hastings Country Club. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. For more information on the benefit, or to donate to the cause, visit www.friendsofadam.org or call Amy Schaffer at 651-208-3749. The funds raised at the benefit will go to Adam, Schaffer said. Only he and Schaffer can access the money in the fund. "The money that's raised, it's going to help him his whole life," Lynette said. Since Schaffer started planning the benefit, everyone has helped get donations.
The one that got away became the one that we caught, all in a matter of two minutes Saturday night on Mille Lacs. Just after midnight, the beautiful sound of a rattle wheel awoke my wife and me. My wife jumped out of bed and set the hook. There was nothing on the other end of the line. It was gone. The missed opportunity was especially sad, as we had nothing but two perch to show for our 36 hours on the ice. Our chance at something good had come and gone. Or so we thought. As I was rebaiting the lure, another rattle wheel went off. Again, my wife sprang to action.
Hastings resident Phil Vieth goes cross country skiing on North Lake just south of Hastings on Tuesday morning. Vieth can often be found blazing his own trails in area parks. The North Lake area, essentially the backwaters of the Mississippi, is one of his favorites.
The Frosty Frolic was held Friday night at Pioneer Park in Hastings. Attendees were offered hot chocolate, ice fishing, ice skating, popcorn and a bonfire. The event is organized by the city of Hastings Parks Department.