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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Hastings High School senior Wyatt Behrends was again the story for the Hastings Nordic ski team. On Tuesday at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley, Behrends placed sixth in the Section 1 championships to earn another trip to the state meet. In the morning's Classic race, Behrends finished the 5K course in 18 minutes, 48 seconds, the sixth-fastest time of the morning. In the afternoon's 5K freestyle race, he finished in 16:48.86. His combined time was 35.36.9. Andy Dodds of Apple Valley won the section meet with a time of 34:01.2.
Readers of the Hastings Star Gazette didn't exactly take the news well last week that they'd soon be seeing a new tax/fee on their utility bills. The Hastings City Council passed an ordinance last week that assesses a fee to homeowners and businesses for storm water runoff. We heard from many readers, some of whom left comments on our website at www.hastingsstargazette.com . Here's what our readers were saying: Scott M.: Here we go again.
The Hastings girls basketball team lost two Suburban East Conference games this week. On Friday, Hastings lost to the No. 3-ranked team in Class 4A, White Bear Lake, 74-16. Scoring for Hastings were Emily Daggett, 5; Lisa Kranz, 4; Mary Haglund, 2; Liz Keena, 2; Lexie Harp, 2; and Michelle Mages, 1. Hastings plays a 7:15 p.m. game here Friday against Stillwater. Vs Forest Lake On Tuesday, Hastings lost to Forest Lake, 54-39. Keena led Hastings in scoring with 20 points. Also scoring were Erika Nielsen, 5; Mages, 5; Haglund, 3; Kranz, 3; and Lexie Harp, 3.
Apparently that tough stretch is over for the Hastings girls hockey team. After starting goalie Stefanie Wical got hurt during the Mounds View game, Hastings struggled through a tough stretch of games against very good teams and went 0-4-1 during five games. Wical is back. And so are the Raiders. Hastings beat Burnsville, the No.
Hastings wrestlers won 34 of 42 matches during a quadrangular last week. Hastings beat Cretin-Derham Hall, Roseville and Harding in the process. The meet opened with a 51-19 win over Roseville. In the first dual of the night, Hastings took 10 of the 14 matches on its way to a convincing win. They racked up five pins, two technical falls, two major decisions and one decision. Luke Rowh (an eighth-grader), wrestling in his first varsity match, started the dual by pinning December Htoo at 103.
Last week, Hastings coach Russ Welch and members of the Raiders boys hockey team gathered to talk about a couple letdowns they had the previous week. It seemed to Welch that when the Raiders got down, they threw in the towel. Apparently, the team has turned over a new leaf. Welch was encouraged by what he saw from his team in a back-and-forth 3-3 tie against White Bear Lake Thursday. For starters, the Raiders trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before taking a lead with approximately 2.5 minutes to play.
After back-to-back meets in which everything fell into place for the Hastings gymnastics team, the Raiders had a bit of a setback last week. Hastings lost to Stillwater, 133.75-130.475. The score was four points lower than Hastings' season best a week earlier. "We had a difficult meet," Hastings coach Megan Latch said.
For 17 years, the Hastings boys swim team has been coached by Gerry Rupp. Going into this season, his team had defeated Woodbury just once. So, forgive Rupp if he's especially happy this week. Hastings beat Woodbury last week, 86-79, in a meet that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate. "That was fun," Rupp said. "1995 is the last time we beat Woodbury in a dual meet." Hastings swam exhibition-only in the final two events to give some points to the Royals so the score would look more respectable.
All in all, it was a very successful day Friday for the Hastings Alpine ski teams. The Raiders competed at the Welch Village Invitational in Welch. There were two boys teams, and two girls teams, and highlights were found on all those teams. "It went very well for us," Hastings coach Jim Peine said. "It was a very successful day." The regular season is quickly coming to a close for the Raiders. The team's final conference meet was Tuesday night at Welch Village. The Hastings girls are in second place in the Suburban East Conference.
Heather Russell of Hastings spends her life in a battle against her body. She wants it to do one thing. It wants to do another. And every day, her body wins. Whether she wants to open a can of pop, or tie her shoelaces, she needs help. Try as she might, her fingers don't listen to her anymore. They ball themselves up into a fist. Minutes later, one will pop free and she'll have control. The muscles in her neck do to the same thing, contracting on their own schedule. This is 25-year-old Heather Russell's life with dystonia. "I call it 'the beast,'" she said.