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 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.
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.
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.
Readers of the Hastings Star Gazette this week may have been led to believe that Papa Charrito's in Hastings is closed while prospective new owners consider remodeling the restaurant. That is not the case. The restaurant is open and operating as normal at 350 33rd St. W. in Hastings. The Star Gazette apologizes to ownership at Papa Charrito's and to our readers for not making it clear that Papa's is open for business.
Chris West's story of success may shatter your idea of what happens in college fraternity houses. The 2006 Hastings High School graduate is a sophomore at Mankato State University. While walking around his frat house, West is always singing. It's something he started in seventh grade, and he's kept at it. He's always singing. One day, his frat brothers told him to put his money where his mouth was. Turns out, Minnesota State University, Mankato was having its own "American Idol" style of competition. His frat brothers dared him to enter. "It was on a complete whim," West said.
If all goes as planned, the new and improved RJ's Tavern on Main will be open later this month, or in early January. If you're hoping that the new space resembles the old, you'll be disappointed. If you're hoping that the new RJ's has twice the space, fireplaces, a large handcrafted wood bar, an upstairs parlour for special events and 16 beers on tap, you'll be happy. Work continues on an extensive renovation project at the downtown bar/restaurant. The location has been closed since the end of September. "We're looking forward to getting it done," owner Joe Ryan said.
A Hastings man was found dead Sunday afternoon after an early morning explosion and fire Saturday at Marathon Petroleum Co. in St. Paul Park. Nick Gunter, 29, Hastings, was found at 1:40 p.m. in a No. 6 fuel oil holding tank where he had been seen working shortly before the explosion, Marathon spokesperson Robert Calmus said. No one else was injured. The body was recovered after a hole was cut in the side of the tank to allow for safe entry and operation for workers, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said.
The Thanksgiving tradition of Gobble Gait in Hastings reached its goal this year. More than $60,000 was raised and 1,600 pounds of food collected for Hastings Family Service in the annual 8K run/walk and 2K fun walk held Thursday morning in downtown Hastings. "We are close to $300,000 raised in our 10 years," Gobble Gait co-chair Jay Kochendorfer said. "It was an awesome day." The funds raised were about $5,000 more than 2006. In its 10 years, more than $280,000 has been raised and more than 9,600 pounds of food collected for Hastings Family Service.