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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Years and years of frustrations, backed-up traffic, terrible crashes, construction delays, construction marvels and gawking are about to be over. On Saturday afternoon, it is expected that the new Highway...
Derrick Radke and his fiancée were out for a relaxing weekend on the Mississippi River. They had boated to Prescott from Hastings and had pulled up to shore, where they were going to pitch a tent. That's when Radke noticed what he thought was a muskrat swimming toward the shore. The more they watched the creature, the more they realized it wasn't a muskrat. It was a three-foot-long alligator. A pet owner had apparently let the creature go when it outgrew its home.
A bald eagle rescued during a snowstorm in March will be released at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings. The eagle was injured in what was believed to be a territorial dispute. Three Carpenter Nature Center staff members and volunteers drove to the house where the eagle had been seen and eventually rescued it. It was nursed back to health at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center and staff there have concluded the eagle is ready to be released into the wild. The public is invited to attend the release. Carpenter Nature Center is located at 12805 St.
The state government shutdown lasted just three weeks, but its impact will be far greater. On Monday, the project manager for the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings, Steve Kordosky, said the shutdown will result in a delay of at least six months. The bridge had been scheduled to be completed by May 31, 2013. Now, it appears that the earliest the project will be finished is November 2013. The more likely scenario puts completion at May 2014. What happened? First, high water kept construction crews out of the river this spring and summer.
Emergency teams from Hastings are busy scouring the area below the falls of the Vermillion River where a body was seen floating. Teams are searching to recover an adult woman. Witnesses reported seeing the woman enter the river near the park along 21st Street. She was quickly sucked under the fast-moving water, then apparently went over the waterfall. The person was seen floating below the falls by another group of witnesses. A possible victim has been identified.
A drinking party in the 800 block of 10th Street West on June 3 in Hastings resulted in five citations for underage consumption. One 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds and two 15-year-olds were cited. Police were called to the party just before midnight and eventually a boy let an officer in to the home. He located three juveniles on the bed and one male hiding in a closet. A partially-empty case of Miller Genuine Draft was found. One of the juveniles told the officer that the alcohol was provided by a resident of the home, who had left.
Charges are pending against a Hastings woman who left her young child in the back seat of her car while she went into a health club on South Frontage Road to work out on June 2. The woman told police she had her son with her at work. As she was driving to the club, he fell asleep. She thought it would be OK to leave him in the car while she worked out, according to the police report. Three windows in the car were open about six inches. The temperature outside was 75 degrees. A caller reported seeing the child crying in the back seat.
Mike Haege, the Hastings tree trimmer who was kicked out of the tornado zone in north Minneapolis recently, released cell phone video this week that he says backs up his story. Haege has said that a city inspector and police kicked him out of the disaster zone because he wasn't licensed and because they didn't believe he was doing the work for free. The City of Minneapolis has said the reason he was removed from the area was because he was operating in zones that were unsafe and hadn't been cleared of downed power lines.
A five-hour standoff between a Hastings man and police ended peacefully early Tuesday morning when the man walked out of his house with his hands up. The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, when a Hastings Police Department officer was driving through the Cari Park neighborhood on Tiffany Drive. The officer saw Kurt Baker in the front yard of a home there, and then he saw Baker run inside the house. The officer knew Baker had a warrant out for his arrest for a parole violation.
A second person was booked with two felonies following the standoff here on May 23-24. Savanah Marie Rhodes, 21, was booked on two probable cause charges - obstructing the legal process and aiding an offender to avoid arrest. Rhodes was inside the home on Tiffany Drive in the Cari Park neighborhood during the standoff. She was asked, repeatedly, to leave the house and refused to do so. After the standoff ended she was booked here at 2:56 a.m. She is being held at the Ramsey County jail. The standoff ended at about 12:25 a.m.