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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On this week's front page, we highlight the wild exploits of a man who made bridge jumping on the Fourth of July a real community event. That said, we don't want to write about any copycats next week. We're certain that if Don Foster were still jumping from bridges, not even he would be crazy enough to jump from the current Hastings bridge. We write this in anticipation of a great weekend here in Hastings. Celebrations are planned pretty much all day here on Saturday to celebrate our independence.
Luke Rasmussen had a dominating performance in the championship game at the Dewey Tauer Invitational Tournament. The pitcher led Miesville to a 3-0 win over the Aces and earned himself MVP honors for the tournament. Rasmussen pitched all nine innings for the Mudhens and only allowed one hit -- a bad hop off the bat of Aces manager Corey Tauer in the first inning. He struck out six and walked two. "Luke pitched a great game and stayed in control throughout," Tauer said. "He spotted his fastball very well and used his changeup effectively in key situations.
The new face at the helm of the Hastings wrestling program is anything but a new face. Justin Hahn, an assistant coach at Hastings High School since 1999, is the new head coach for the Raiders. Hastings athletics director Tom Johnson made the hire as school was letting out. "Justin has an incredible work ethic," Johnson said. "He has great character and has an outstanding knowledge of the sport of wrestling. His commitment to the program will be second to none." Hahn replaces Paul Vaith, who coached in Hastings for 21 years.
Three Hastings girls were invited to participate in the NSLA Lacrosse All Star Game held Saturday, June 13, at Irondale High School. They are pictured above. From left to right are Tricia Wagner, Lisa Mattson and Angel Gelhar. The game included girls from all 11 teams in their league. Final score had the green all-stars defeating the yellow all-stars 15-9. Although the Hastings girls were split up and opposing each other, they managed to round up 18 points between them, with Lisa Mattson leading all scorers in the game with seven goals.
The annual Tom Keene Memorial Wrestling Open is planned for 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Afton Alps Golf Course. Check in is at noon. The format will be an 18-hole best ball scramble. Entry fee is $70 per person, or $280 per team. The fee includes greens fees, a cart, meal, donation, starter kit and a chance for a prize on every hole. To register, mail your payment to Afton Alps and state it is for the Tom Keene tournament. Send it to Afton Alps Golf Course, Attn: Amy, 6600 Peller Ave.
The Miesville Mudhens continued their strong 2009 season with a couple more wins in their last week of play. The Mudhens logged wins over Hastings, Randolph and Northfield. Vs Hastings Miesville scored solo runs in the fifth and ninth innings to beat Hastings Sunday in Hastings, 2-0. Luke Rasmussen was the winning pitcher. Andrew Werner got the save. Vs Randolph Miesville scored four eighth-inning runs to put away Randolph on Tuesday, June 9. The final was 6-1. Chris Olean was the winning pitcher, picking up his second win of the year.
We were thrilled to learn this week about the success of the Hastings Music Festival. A day after the event, organizer Nick Langley was busy tallying up receipts, donations and cash. He was happy to report that within the next few weeks, at least $12,000 will be donated to Hastings Family Service. The donation will be possible because of great support from the business community, some key donations of time and energy, and some cash donations.
Day two of the state golf tournament sure resembled Day one of the state golf tournament for Max Fox of Hastings. The HHS junior shot an 83 on Tuesday. Fox then shot an 83 on Wednesday. Both rounds were at Bunker Hills. "He scrambled, and he made some great par saves," HHS coach Pete McGinnis said. "He just had trouble getting it going, putting together two good shots in a row. "He still struggled with the putter." Fox was playing his best golf of the season heading into the state tournament. He shot a 69, for example, in the first round of the section tournament.
Hastings had two competitors at the state track and field meet Friday at Hamline University in St.
Commencement exercises were held Friday June 5 for the Hastings High School Class of 2009. In all, 412 graduates strolled across the stage at McNamara Stadium at Todd Field and received their diplomas. It was the 139th commencement at Hastings High School.