Jake Pfeifer is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, which encompasses the Hastings Star Gazette, Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages, South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin. He previously worked as a sports reporter and outdoors editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and as a multimedia artist/editor for Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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A routine trip to the bathroom turned out to be anything but for Larry and Jeff Frandrup on Monday morning. Around 4 a.m., Larry walked into the bathroom and discovered a bull snake measuring more than 6 feet long. Jeff Frandrup, Larry's father, and owner of the residence on Radford Road, said he awoke after hearing his son yelling. "It was definitely a surprise," Jeff Frandrup said, adding that the snake seems to have entered his home by a hole in a wall. "I was doing some plumbing work and it found its way in."
The Hastings Fire Department was called out to the 1500 block of Florence Street on Wednesday afternoon in response to a fire at an apartment complex. Damage and resulting injuries are unknown at this time. This story is developing.
The Hastings Star Gazette has been providing content for readers since the 1860s in one capacity or another — albeit under a few different names. Throughout the years, the newspaper's objective of providing local news has remained a constant. What hasn't is how readers consume the product or how we provide it. While last Friday's closing of the Hastings Star Gazette office building marks a new chapter, the objective from Day One remains the same.
If you've had a keen eye while out and about in Hastings, you have probably glimpsed one of the United Way of Hastings' "Live United" banners. Prominently displayed around local businesses, the project is a testament to the bond between the community and the nonprofit organization.
The Hastings Readers Board held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to a resounding success. Suggestions, comments and concerns were brought forward, including a healthy discussion on ways to improve the Hastings Star Gazette. A portion of the board's first meeting included business aspects of a local newspaper, but perhaps the most engaging topic was bringing news to the public that only a community newspaper can provide.
Those looking for Hastings Raiders apparel will have a new place to purchase clothing and get their fix of ice cream. Schoolhouse Scoop and Special Tees have partnered in what would seem to be an unlikely pairing to make what has so far been a dynamic match. Beginning with the start of the 2018 school year, Schoolhouse Scoop began a small remodeling project to accommodate a new retail venture along its front wall. Patrons of the ice cream shop will now notice Hastings Raiders apparel and a select variety of gear prominently displayed and up for sale.
Journalism is not a career path that I expected to be on when I graduated high school and ventured out to college. Back then I expected my initial college major of website design to be my future or possibly running my parents' resort and campground in northern Minnesota when they retired. However, the more I tried to make those options into careers, I realized they just weren't for me. I ended up getting a second college degree, this time in international relations, and in the midst of that, got my first "real" job with a newspaper.
The Miesville Mudhens continued their Class B state title defense and search for a third-in-a-row this past weekend. The Mudhens beat the Forest Lake Brewers, 8-3, on Friday, Aug. 24, and then scraped by rival Dundas, 2-1, on Saturday. Miesville now advances to championship weekend, with one game separating them from the championship game.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Miesville was looking for a way to score runs late as it was facing a one-run deficit with only two innings remaining. The runs came, but not in the most traditional way. Three runs were plated off of three throwing errors during the same at bat, and the Mudhens came away with an 8-3 victory over Forest Lake in the second round of the Class B baseball state tournament at Joe Schepler Stadium in Shakopee.
Minnesota and Wisconsin are home to the largest population of nesting eagles in the United States outside of Alaska. That is why, if you take a stroll along the Mississippi River near Red Wing, you are bound to see the national bird. "The state of Minnesota alone has about 700 breeding areas," Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Brittany Hauser said. "A lot of those areas are along the Mississippi River valley which serves as a migration corridor for them."