Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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Staffing levels at Regina Medical Center in Hastings will not be effected by this week's nursing strike in the Twin Cities. Nurses who work at Regina in Hastings are part of the same union, the Minnesota Nurses Association, but their contract is not up until August, according to interim Regina CEO Stewart Laird. "We are part of the same union, but our contract is on a different timetable," Laird said. "Our contract runs through August.
TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing. Essentially, it works like this: Let's imagine the taxes paid on the vacant lot right now are $10,000 a year. Let's imagine that once the lot is redeveloped and the NAPA store is built on the lot, the taxes paid will be $17,000 a year. That means $7,000 in additional taxes will be generated by the development each year. Let's assume the TIF district is a 15-year district. The city would take that $7,000 per year in additional taxes and multiply it by the length of the TIF district term, or 15 years.
Last Thursday, officials at the city of Hastings officially received plans for one of the city's most-watched vacant commercial properties. The former Jiffy gas station lot and adjacent lots at 15th and Vermillion streets may, by the end of the year, be a NAPA auto parts store. The Linn Companies, based in Woodbury, is making the application to the city.
It didn't take long for the Hastings High School softball team to establish its dominance in the section title game against Rochester Mayo. Hastings' first batter of the game, Brit Robinson, hit a home run over the left field fence. Later that inning, it was Jenelle Trautmann's turn. She hit a home run to left field, too. "That was pretty awesome," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. The Raiders went on to win, 3-2, to advance to the state tournament for the third consecutive year. Hastings has a 21-3 overall record, and has won 17 of its last 18 games.
It didn't take long for Hastings resident Amy Peterson to put the skills she learned in school to the test. This spring, Peterson took Emergency Medical Technician courses at Inver Hills Community College. On Saturday while at Lake Elmo, she helped save a boy's life using those same skills. Peterson, her husband and children went to the lake to go swimming and were getting ready to leave when they noticed a Sheriff's car and a commotion on the other side of the beach. Two men had found a boy in the water and had brought him to the beach.
If all goes as planned at next week's meeting of the Hastings City Council, the next Hastings Chief of Police will be Paul Schnell, the current public information officer at the St.
It's a long way from being finalized, but the Hastings could be home to a new video rental store, Family Video. At the city council meeting last week, the city began discussions on selling a piece of land it owns on Vermillion Street (Highway 61) between the Hastings Walgreen store and Dairy Queen. The city held a public hearing to consider selling the land, but took no action beyond that. The city is busy determining if it can, in fact, sell the land to begin with.
Monday was a busy day for the three candidates eager to become Hastings' next police chief. First, the three candidates sat down for second interviews with three representatives from the city. Then, later Monday, the candidates met the public during an open house at City Hall. The candidates are Wayne Hicks, a sergeant with the Hastings Police Department; Rick Mathwig, the interim chief of police in Roseville; and Paul Schnell, the public information officer with the St.
The Hastings girls softball team earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming section tournament. Hastings will play its first game of the tournament here at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. Hastings will play the winner of the evening's first game between No. 8 seeded Austin and No. 9 seeded Owatonna. The winner advances to the final four. The season ends for the loser. The final four tournament will be played in Austin beginning Friday.
The three finalists have been named for the Hastings Chief of Police position. The three were certified by the Hastings City Council Monday night at the council's regular meeting. They are Wayne Hicks of the Hastings Police Department; Rick Mathwig of the Roseville Police Department; and Paul Schnell of the St. Paul Police Department. Here are profiles on all three candidates, in alphabetical order: Wayne Hicks Sergeant Hastings Police Department Background: Wayne Hicks is a 1979 graduate of Hastings High School.