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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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.
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.
Collector Steve Bauer and his family announced Monday, April 11, that they were bringing the longtime St. Paul landmark restaurant, Porky's, to Hastings. Bauer and his wife, Sylvia, and their family operate the Little Log House Pioneer Village here. They will add Porky's to their collection of buildings. Porky's operated as a popular drive-in diner on University Avenue until April 3, when it closed. "It's such an important part of the community," he said Monday. "To see this thing go into a Dumpster, it's not what should be done to stuff like this.
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.
Hundreds of volunteers turned out in Hastings on Saturday morning to fill sandbags, which will be used to protect homes in east Hastings from rising floodwaters. In all, more than 20,000 sandbags were filled by volunteers. Some of the sandbags were put to use immediately at two homes in east Hastings. Long lines of volunteers passed the sandbags from the street to the homes. The effort was coordinated by Bless Hastings and the City of Hastings. The sandbagging took place in the parking lot of Christ Family Church.