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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HASTINGS, Minn. — It’s not uncommon to see boats moored on the public dock in Hastings. There’s not much common about the boat that Wes Modes and Kai Dalgleish are...
A man apparently enduring a crisis waded into the Vermillion River in Hastings on Wednesday afternoon. At about 4:15 p.m., a caller reported seeing a man in the water just...
One person is dead after a shooting in Hastings late Sunday night. Hastings officers were called to the 1200 block of Eddy Street at 9:56 p.m. on the report of...
A small funnel cloud was spotted over Hastings at about 12:45 p.m. Monday. The sighting prompted several weather sirens to sound. It does not appear as though the funnel touched...
HASTINGS — There's good news and bad news for residents of the area who take the Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River. First, the good news: Just after rush...
Beginning May 20, Highway 61 near Hastings will be reduced to a single lane in each direction through the intersection of Highway 10/Point Douglas Drive and Highway 61. The Highway 61/Highway 10 intersection will remain open and accessible. Construction work has been pushed back from Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20. The lane restrictions will be in effect for about two weeks (May 20-31).
A body was found along the Vermillion River in Hastings on Tuesday afternoon. The body was found near 10th and Progress streets by an outdoorsman who frequents the area. The remains were recovered Wednesday by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota County Special Operations Team. On July 21, 2011, a woman was seen going over the Vermillion Falls, just upstream from where this body was located. Authorities are not saying yet if the remains found Tuesday belong to that woman.
One person was killed in a car crash on Highway 50 near New Trier at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. New Trier is located just south of Hastings. The Minnesota state patrol said that 27-year-old Dennis Underwood of Cannon Falls died after being ejected from the vehicle. A 26-year-old Hampton resident, Keri Gesme, is in critical condition. Gesme was airlifted from the scene. According to the state patrol, the 1982 Chevrolet S-10 they were traveling in left the roadway traveling "at a very high rate of speed" and hit a driveway approach.
By Tuesday, the landscape in Hastings will be significantly altered for the next 100 years. The main span for the new Highway 61 bridge here is on schedule to be floated in place, jacked up and secured by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 24. That means the current bridge will close to traffic starting early Saturday morning, Sept. 22, and continuing through Monday. The timing of the move and lift has been delayed several times, but it does appear as though things are on schedule for this weekend.
There has been another change of plans for the Hastings bridge closure, which had been scheduled for this week. It looks as though the bridge will close during 48 to 72 hours sometime next week. When asked about the delay from last week's scheduled closure to this week's scheduled closure, MnDOT's Kirsten Klein said in an email that "the scale and magnitude of the process requires them to be very diligent and tedious with all of the checks they go through." In an email update sent out by MnDOT today, the delay was explained like this: "We've had to postpone the actual float-in again because