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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Anyone hoping to watch the construction of the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings can do so by visiting the Star Gazette's website. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has webcams mounted in Hastings, and the Star Gazette thanks MnDOT for sharing the feed with us and our readers. A link to the page is attached to this story.
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.
No, you won't be able to pull up and order a cheeseburger or onion rings this weekend at Porky's drive-in, but you will be able to see it restored. The drive-in is one of several new features planned for the Little Log House Antique Power Show, set to run July 29-31. The show will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The pioneer village is located south of Hastings along Highway 61 at 220th Street. Porky's was saved from the dumpster earlier this summer when organizers at the pioneer village stepped in to save it. The land the St.
All work on the new Hastings bridge has ceased. With the state shutdown putting the Minnesota Department of Transportation on hold indefinitely, all work on state projects has come to a stop. The setback is nothing new to the project. High water late last fall slowed down work, but crews were able to catch up. The bigger problem came this spring with significant flooding and then an extended period of high water. Crews were just preparing to get back in the river, but the shutdown foiled those plans. It is unclear how the shutdown will affect the long-term project schedule.
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.
Kurt Baker, the Hastings man involved in last week's five-hour standoff with police, has been charged. The charge was filed by Dakota County on May 31. He was charged with obstructing the legal process. According to the complaint: On May 23, A Hastings officer observed Baker at a residence in the 400 block of Tiffany Drive. The officer knew Baker had an active warrant for his arrest. The officer got out of his car and approached Baker, who stood up and ran into the house through a patio door.
For a few years, Mike Haege's sister lived in north Minneapolis. He knows the neighborhood at least a little bit, and when a tornado tore through the area on Sunday, May 22, he took notice. On the news he saw trees strewn about lawns and streets. Then inspiration struck. He wanted to help. His schedule for Monday, May 23, was wide open. And, since he operates Custom Cut, a tree trimming business here, he figured his services could be put to good use. "I thought it would be the perfect chance to help," he said. "I knew there would be people needing help." He was right. By 10:30 a.m.
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.