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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There has been a change of plans with the upcoming move of the main span for the new Hastings bridge. That change means there will be no closure of the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings this weekend. Here is the revised schedule for the project: Early Friday morning, Sept. 7, crews will roll the 545-foot main span out onto the river. During that time, boat traffic on the river will be shut down. The channel should reopen by Saturday afternoon or evening. The span will sit on two barges until it is ready to be floated down and lifted up. The earliest that will happen is Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Holiday gas station at The Point just north of Hastings on Highway 61 was burglarized last month. The Washington County Sheriff's Office was investigating the case and but had not made any arrests. A burglary alarm was tripped at the store at 10:54 p.m. Aug. 12. The unknown suspect was in and out of the convenience store in a matter of minutes.
There will be a 48-hour delay with the Hastings bridge project, it was learned late Thursday. The move will now begin Friday morning, Sept. 7, meaning the current Highway 61 bridge in Hastings will be closed starting Saturday and continuing until Monday. The bridge is expected to reopen sometime Monday, Sept. 10, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The 6.5 million pound main span will be floated out to the river on Friday, Sept. Sept. 7. On Saturday, Sept. 8, prep work will be done for the lift of the bridge. On Sunday, Sept. 9, the bridge will be lifted into place.
Over Labor Day weekend, two young boys will take their bikes to the Cannon Valley Trail south of Hastings, where they will each cover 80 miles over two days. Their mission is to raise money for a Hastings man, Michael Ury, who has a rare form of leukemia. The boys, Mitchell and Sean Burns, got to know Ury through a public speaking class that Ury taught at a church in Woodbury. Their mother, Laura Burns, had a conversation with the boys about Ury's medical condition, and about how it was taking all his energy to teach the class. The boys wanted to help, so 7-year-old Mitchell proposed selli
The current Hastings bridge will be closed for up to 72 hours when the main span for the new bridge is moved into place just after Labor Day. Firm dates aren't in place just yet, but it looks like the bridge will be moved from its spot on Lock and Dam Road beginning on or around Wednesday, Sept. 5. Exactly when the bridge will be closed isn't known, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation is saying that the current bridge will be closed during the latter stages of the span move, likely around Sept. 6 or Sept.
The Highway 61 bridge in Hastings will be closed in both directions when the main span for the new Hastings bridge is floated into place. The closure is expected to last around 48 hours, but the exact length of time isn't yet known. In addition, river traffic will not be allowed during the move. The public boat launch will be shut down, too. There is still no firm date for the move, but it is expected to take place just after Labor Day.
Crews working on the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings are getting ever more optimistic that they will get the project completed by the late fall of 2013. Originally, the bridge was to be completed by May 2013. An extended period of high water last spring and then the state government shutdown led to some delays in the project.
First National Bank in Hastings was robbed on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at approximately 5:30 p.m. A man entered the bank with a gun and made a demand for money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Nobody was injured in the ordeal. The Hastings Police Department is working with the FBI on the case, and security footage of the incident may be released later Wednesday. The bank is located at North Frontage Road and Pleasant Drive.
The Highway 61 bridge in Hastings was closed for a time Friday morning following a rollover crash. The crash occurred just north of the bridge. The State Patrol reported that it involved several vehicles, including a boom truck. One person was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The bridge was reopened before 9:30 a.m.
The driver who caused the fatal crash just north of the Hastings bridge on May 3, 2010, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide. The offense is a felony. Anthony Lloyd Mancheski, a 20-year-old Maplewood man, was charged last month in Washington County. The accident involved four vehicles and killed one man, Brian Jacobson, a Lake City man and a member of the National Guard who served two tours in Iraq. Jacobson was married and had two children. According to the complaint, Mancheski was late for work. He had been late twice in the past and was warned not to be late again.