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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Monday, May 10, wasn't a bad day for Hastings High School senior Jenelle Trautmann. She pitched a no-hitter, had two hits and knocked in one run in a 4-0 win over Park in a Suburban East Conference softball game. Trautmann is one of the many reasons the Hastings softball team is among the state's best again this season. The Raiders are 16-3 on the season and have won 12 of their last 13 games. Included in those wins were three at Saturday's Benilde-St.
Residents who use Pleasant Drive, Westview Drive, 15th Street and Lyn Way will officially see those roads in much better shape by the end of the summer. On Monday, the Hastings City Council approved a $1.91 million bid from Hardrives to perform extensive work on all four roads. Pleasant Drive will see work from 15th Street to South Frontage Road. Westview Drive will see work from 15th Street all the way to Pleasant Drive. Lyn Way will see work from South Frontage Road to 15th Street. As for 15th Street, it, too, will see work, but that will be a relatively small project area.
Residents of Hastings are encouraged to attend an open house to meet the three finalists for the Chief of Police position here. The open house will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., there will be introductions and a question-and-answer session with each candidate. "One of the things we heard in this process was that the police chief is obviously one of the primary public positions in our community," City Administrator Dave Osberg said.
The vacant lot at 15th and Vermillion Streets in Hastings may soon have a tenant. A NAPA auto parts store would be the tenant. The lot is where the former Jiffy gas station once sat. The Linn Companies, owners of the Hastings Holiday and the Hastings Goodyear, purchased the lot. They removed the Jiffy store and a house adjacent to the business, making room for possible redevelopment. The business is a long ways away from actually breaking ground on the site.
Three finalists for the Hastings Chief of Police position have been named. 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. The three were named the finalists at Monday night's meeting of the Hastings City Council. All three will have a second round of interviews May 24. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
An effort to reduce the speed limit on U.S. Highway 61 near the Hastings bridge may be gaining some momentum. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials alerted State Representative Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, by e-mail late last week that a new study is under way. Results will be made public when the study is completed. A fatal crash just north of the Hastings bridge May 3 brought the issue to the forefront again. It had been a hot topic two years ago, too, when fatal crashes claimed more lives. In all, six lives have been lost on Highway 61 between U.S.
A 1-0, eight-inning loss to Mounds View on Wednesday, May 5, snapped the Hastings girls softball team's five-game winning streak. The loss was another close, extra-inning affair for the Raiders. Hastings has a 10-3 record on the season. The three losses have been by a combined total of four runs, and two were extra-inning games. "We're so close," Hastings coach Dean Robinson said. We're an error away, and a big hit away, from being undefeated. It's nothing we're really panicking over.
The list of potential candidates to become the next Hastings Chief of Police just got a lot smaller. By this time next week, it will be narrowed even further. Last week, a city-hired consultant combed through the nearly 30 applications the city received for the position. The consultant narrowed the field to six candidates. Those six will spend all day Tuesday, May 11, meeting with three different interview panels. Two of the three panels are made up of members of the Hastings business community, the city council, the school district and students.
Following a wild 17 inning, 3-1 win over Forest Lake on Monday, the Hastings softball team finds itself in familiar territory: Hastings has won five straight and is moving its way back up the state rankings. One week ago, the Raiders were 4-2. As of Wednesday, Hastings had a 9-2 record. Hastings junior Brit Robinson returned to action last week, and with her return, many other players were moved back to their intended roles, which has certainly helped the team defense. "One of the biggest things is getting Brit back, getting our whole team healthy and getting everyone back to where we were
For the staff at Great Clips in Hastings and the Hastings Police Department, Jim Wallberg is a hero. You may have never heard of him before. In fact, before last week, neither had the staff at Great Clips. But a lot has changed at Great Clips over the past 14 days. On April 22, a man burst into the business on Vermillion Street, implied he had a gun and demanded their money. Staff told the man they had no cash, and he quickly left. That's where Wallberg comes into play. While making his deliveries as a UPS driver, Wallberg looked up and saw a man running.