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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New Hastings boys track coach Jason Koch should have plenty of credibility with members of his team. The Hastings High School biology and chemistry teacher is just a few years removed from a very successful collegiate track and football career at St. Cloud State University. Koch owns a school record at SCSU and was a decathlete. Koch spent last season as an assistant to Joe Haas. When Haas accepted the position of athletics director at Delano, Koch went for the Hastings job and landed it. "It's something I've always wanted to do," he said. "I've always wanted to be a head track coach.
What a way to start the season. Last Tuesday, Hastings High School and Cretin-Derham Hall kicked off the 2009 spring softball season with a bang. In the end, Hastings emerged as the winner of a wild, 6-5, game. The Raiders trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, and things didn't look good as the first two Hastings batters were retired. But with two outs, Hastings began a rally, thanks to a walk drawn by Britt Robinson. A wild pitch moved Robinson to second. With a 1-2 count, Linnea Haler hit a blooper over the third baseman's head.
The Hastings boys tennis team improved its record to 3-1 overall with a pair of wins. Hastings beat Farmington on Monday, 7-0, and beat Forest Lake last week, 4-3. In the win over Farmington, Hastings High School coach Mick Willette actually left his top two singles players home, and his top two doubles teams stayed in Hastings as well. Still, the Raiders cruised to the win. "It worked out pretty well," Willette said. "We got to see some of the younger guys from the junior varsity. " Ben Carlson played first singles and won 6-2, 6-0.
During her freshman year at Hastings High School, Carlin Bunting saw her role model win the Athena Award. As Bunting was growing up, her family and Lauren Stoneberg's family were close friends. Over the years, Bunting watched Stoneberg in athletics, and watched her out of athletics. Then came the Athena Award for Stoneberg. Four years later, it is Bunting who is Hastings' Athena Award winner. "I started crying when I found out I won it," Bunting said.
With fewer than 35 athletes out for the girls track team this spring, depth certainly isn't going to be a strong suit for the Hastings High School team. That said, it appears the Raiders will have plenty of top-end athletes capable of winning events. At last week's five-team meet at Park in Cottage Grove, the Raiders had two first-place finishes and several top five placewinners. "We're not going to have a lot of depth," HHS coach Greg Sandkamp said. "We're not going to fill things up at big meets, but we did have some really good performances for this early in the season.
Elm Salon isn't just Elm Salon anymore. It's now Elm Salon and Spa, a change that took place earlier this year when the Hastings business added a certified massage therapist to its group of hair stylists. The option for massages had always existed within the Elm Salon building, but in January, Suzy Dillon moved her business out of the Elm Salon building to her own location in downtown Hastings. That's when Elm Salon owner Beth Warner got in touch with her sister-in-law, Mandy Langenfeld. Langenfeld had studied massage therapy in Minneapolis, then spent time in London with her husband.
Preliminary tests have found that the E85 gas leak at M&H gas station will have only "mild effects" on ground water. According to a spokesperson for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the MPCA will have to conduct ground water samplings over the next three to four months in order to determine the exact extent of how much gas leaked and how far it has traveled in the ground.
For the first time in 29 years, the Minnesota State Open golf tournament will not be held at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Rather, it will be held right here, at the Hastings Country Club. "It's going to be a pretty big deal for us," HCC golf pro Brad Schmierer said last week. The tournament is planned for July 24-26. One hundred sixty of the top amateurs and pros from Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota will compete in the tournament.
Bright skies. Temps in the mid-40s. Just a little breeze. For April tennis here in Minnesota, that's about as good as it gets. The result, though, was even better than the weather. In the season opener for the Hastings boys tennis team, the Raiders cruised to a 7-0 win over Rosemount. "Each year, you never know exactly what you have," HHS coach Mick Willette said. "I was feeling confident, and I didn't think we'd lose, but I didn't anticipate us winning 7-0.
April Fool's Day has come and gone. Unfortunately, news that the Minnesota Department of Transportation may have to scale back the Hastings bridge replacement is no joke. (If you missed the story, it is on Page 5A). Still, you can't help but laugh at the developments. It's just that bizarre. Last year, we were told the money was secure. The bridge replacement was a go. By the summer of 2010, work would be under way. Then came The Great Deepcession. We've started driving less and spending less. And therefore, the state is taking less of our money.