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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Win a million bucks. Watch great golf. Cheer on 10 Hastings players. Raise funds for the Special Olympics. Raise funds for Hastings Family Service. Not a bad weekend, right? All of it is happening starting today (Thursday) at Hastings Country Club. The club is playing host to the Minnesota State Open. The tournament features the best 160 golfers from Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Over the weekend of July 24-26, the Hastings Country Club will be playing host to the Minnesota State Open. One of the main draws for Hastings residents will be the chance to win $1 million in a hole-in-one contest. So, do you want to win $1 million? Here's what you'll have to do: Starting Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and continuing Sunday, qualifying will be held for the $1 Million Shootout. Anyone can come take their shot at qualifying. It is open to the public. Players will take their best shot at a 150-yard hole set up on the driving range at the country club.
The Hastings football community is now more connected than ever. This summer, Hastings Football Connections took shape. The group launched its website, formed a board and is officially up and running. The non-profit organization spells out its mission like this: "The mission of the HFC is to promote football in the Hastings community and foster moral leadership in our athletes.
A 38-year-old Oklahoma man, Franklin Duane Conley, died in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Dakota County Road 46, west of Goodwin Avenue. According to the Dakota County Sheriff's office, Conley, driving a semi trailer was eastbound, drove off the roadway into the ditch, and hit some power wires. A small grass fire resulted. Hastings Fire and Ambulance responded to the scene. Conley was pronounced dead at the scene. A portion of County Road 46 near Goodwin Ave. was closed for traffic in both directions Thursday following the crash.
The Classic Cannon Valley League and Cannon Valley League All-Star team rosters were announced Monday. The two sides will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Wing Athletic Field. The homerun derby will start an hour earlier. The CCVL All-Stars will be going for their first win against the CVL All-Stars since the series began three years ago. It is the first time Red Wing has played host to the CCVL All-Stars since 1999.
Andrew Werner's big game propelled Miesville to a 4-3 victory Saturday over rival Red Wing. The Mudhens starter allowed three runs in six innings, earning the win on his RBI single in the seventh inning. Eric Olson, a recent graduate of the University of St.
Thousands of Hastings area residents turned out Saturday night at the Hastings Country Club to watch the annual fireworks display. This year, those in attendance saw not only the fireworks -- they saw the moon rising as well. The fireworks display is sponsored by Vermillion State Bank.
The Miesville Mudhens won two of three games during a busy stretch last week. The Mudhens beat the Minneapolis Angels in seven innings, 12-1, on Thursday. The Mudhens then put another dozen on the board in a 12-5 win over Rosetown on Friday. Then, on Sunday, the Mudhens lost at home to Dundas, 3-2. In the game against the Minneapolis Angels, Josh Loewen got the win on the mound. Andrew Werner hit a home run for the Mudhens, who scored nine runs in a wild sixth inning. On Friday against Rosetown, Werner got the win on the mound and hit a home run, his third of the season.
Chad Feikema will ask the Hastings boys basketball team to play relentlessly this winter. Full-court defense when necessary. Tight man-to-man coverage. And on the offensive side, he'll expect his players to move as fast as possible down the court. Based on Feikema's history, he should be able to lead by example. The new Hastings coach has 16 years of head coaching experience, has coached everything from baseball to softball to volleyball to basketball, and has at times been his school's athletic director. Staying busy doesn't appear to be much of a problem for Feikema.