Chad Richardson has been the general manager and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette since 2007. 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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The Hastings man who had barricaded himself at his home has surrendered. Kurt Baker surrendered at about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday at his home on Tiffany Drive. He is being held at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. He was booked at 2:07 a.m. on probable cause felony for obstructing the legal process. He was being sought for a probation violation. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
A Hastings man is barricaded inside his home on Tiffany Drive near 36th St. West. The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. SWAT teams are parked with an armored vehicle in the man's driveway. Several agencies are assisting. The man, Kurt Baker, is wanted on a parole violation. Baker has violent offenses in his past and may have weapons inside the home. Those facts prompted the Hastings Police Department to call in SWAT teams. A woman is also inside the home. She is not considered a hostage. Police have been communicating with Baker.
William Joseph Boldt, one of the suspects in Thursday's armed robbery at the AmericInn in Hastings, was found and arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. He was arrested in St. Paul without incident and later booked in the Dakota County Jail. Two other persons of interest in the case have beeen identified and are being sought for questioning, according to a press release issued by Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell.
Authorities say vandals in Hastings spray-painted hate messages on at least six homes and several cars Thursday night. Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell said the vandals painted swastikas, racially charged messages and messages praising Satan on the homes and cars. Schnell said he will release more details about the crimes later. "This is a despicable act," Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks said in a press release issued by the Hastings Police Department.
HASTINGS, Minn. - A missing 76-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia was found safe Wednesday evening in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Frances Schultz of Hastings was reported missing Wednesday after family members were unable to contact her since 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. Police said Schultz had a phone, but family members and investigators were unable to reach her. When Schultz was found Wednesday she was unable to tell officers how she got to St. Croix Falls, authorities said. The Hastings (Minn.) Star-Gazette is owned by Forum Communications Co.
More than 2,000 area residents turned out Saturday to watch eight birds of prey released back into the wild at the Carpenter Nature Center along the St. Croix River. A broadwing hawk, a bald eagle and a red-tailed hawk were among the birds released. All were nursed back to health by the Raptor Center, housed at the University of Minnesota. For Carpenter Nature Center, it's a unique opportunity to let nature impact the lives of those in attendance. "With the nature center, we protect habitat, but teaching people is our key mission," said Jen Vieth, the development director at Carpenter.
A 23-year-old Minneapolis man and a 16-year-old Newport youth were rescued from the fast-moving Vermillion River Sunday afternoon.
It didn't take long for 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 May 29 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 Washington County Sheriff's Deputy's car parked on the other side of the beach. There was a lot of commotion.