Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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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.
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.
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.
Hastings resident Ryan Levine can't say how well he fared, but he promises one thing: Those who tune in to watch Wednesday's Wheel of Fortune show won't be disappointed. Levine was in California in January for a taping of the show, and his time in the spotlight finally arrives Wednesday, April 13. The show airs at 6:30 p.m. on WCCO (Channel 4). The Hastings man has his wife to thank for the big appearance. At nights, Samantha would look on in awe as her husband solved puzzle after puzzle.
Fugitive featured on America's Most Wanted found and arrested at Hastings library Saturday A man who had been featured on "America's Most Wanted" for killing his girlfriend in Florida two years ago was arrested Saturday at the Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings. Abraham Mpaka, 46, was arrested at the library and is being held at the Dakota County jail. Mpaka was featured on America's Most Wanted three times. America's Most Wanted had this summary of his arrest on their website: An AMW tipster was surfing the web when she saw a story on AMW.com about our plans to profile accused killer Abra
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.
A 19-year-old Hastings woman, Aleeza Saande, died Sunday afternoon in a crash near Lake City. Saande was south of Lake City, traveling southbound on Highway 61, when her car crossed the centerline and was broadsided by a charter bus. The 2010 Hastings High School graduate is a student at Winona State University. She was on her way back to the school following the holiday break. "She was just this bubbly, smiling, wonderful person," Hastings High School principal Mike Johnson said. "That's what people kept saying about her last night. What a wonderful, wonderful person she is.
A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings over the Mississippi River is planned to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Levee Park in Hastings. An informational open house is planned to begin at Hastings City Hall at noon on Sept. 22.