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Hastings Star Gazette
Lakeside Cemetery to celebrate 150 years with community event
Farmers promote sustainability during Earth Day
Minn. Senate votes to limit local power on minimum wage, related issues
Body Works to host 5K
CNC to host Hastings Area Birding Festival April 22
crime and courts
City of Hastings
HHS girls' golf wins first conference match to start season
HHS boys' tennis wins three matches in a row to improve to 6-1
HHS softball remains undefeated after two more MEC wins
Prep baseball: Pitch count rule was a matter of time
Hastings woman competes in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Brooks explores his wild side in 'Wilderness'
Local student excels in NDSU Innovation Challenge
Health column: You don't want to see me unless you have to
Register For Hastings Community Garage Sale
Simple Steps program encourages walking in Dakota County
arts and entertainment
Ridgeview Homeowners Association vs Carlson
BIDS wood cell DOOR
Phyllis C. Marty, 70
Janet Nielsen Gratz, 71
John "Jack" Zeverino, 71
Loretta M. Mailand, 89
Letter: Jurgens, Franke helped get tax relief passed
Viewpoint: State lawmakers muzzling the auditor watchdog
Viewpoint: To reach potential, southeast MN needs better broadband
Letters to the editor for March 30
Editorial: Brexit hits closer to home than you think
Real Estate Showcase
September 19, 2011
Book Report: Area authors make good in the world of literature
Long, long ago, Sinclair Lewis wrote an essay entitled "The Long Arm of the Small Town," in which he admitted that he had left his natal place,...
September 19, 2011 - 4:08pm
August 12, 2011
Book Report: Young adult novels good for a change
In 2003, I had the privilege to speak at a very fine writers' conference in Eau Claire. Writers from all over spoke, or listened, to other writers...
August 12, 2011 - 8:11am
August 5, 2011
Book Report: Mystery or poetry? Take your pick
Tired of crime novels set in Frisco, The Big Apple, LA? Tired of crime novels whose heroes are named Sam, Nick, and Nero, written by authors...
August 5, 2011 - 2:19pm
July 8, 2011
Book Report: We find a new tragedy, Marlena's mystique this week
Readers and playgoers interested in Shakespeare and those who aren't will find much to enjoy is a new book by Minnesota-born Arthur Phillips. When I was a student in Ohio the older folks in the department told about a farmer who was so passionate about the bard that he named all...
July 8, 2011 - 1:42pm
June 29, 2011
Book Report: This week there's a moonshine mess, a terrier's tale
Up in Stearns County they still talk about a moonshine operation called, I believe, "Minnesota 101," which made hooch so good that it continued...
June 29, 2011 - 3:36pm
June 23, 2011
Book Report: Adolescent's recipes, school ma'am's memories fit the bill this week
Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis has figured out a way to kill two birds with one stone. Milkweed is primarily known for adult fiction of high...
June 23, 2011 - 2:07pm
June 16, 2011
Book Report: Let's hear it for those alternative printing sites
Thank goodness for university presses. While the big New York publishers languish, academic presses previously concerned with arcane subject...
June 16, 2011 - 2:30pm
May 27, 2011
Book Report: A poor little rich girl, others reminisce
Peg Meier has hit the jackpot. Peg is a former colleague of mine and has written a passel of bestselling books of popular history, including...
May 27, 2011 - 10:39am
May 12, 2011
Book Report: Read about famous Norwegians known by few this week
Eric Dregni, a professor at Concordia University-St. Paul has a deft touch when it comes to titles. One that attracted me a while back was "In Cod We Trust," a light-hearted account of visiting relatives in Norway and explaining customs he and his wife discovered there. Now he's...
May 12, 2011 - 9:16am
May 6, 2011
Book Report: Detecting in Botswana, viewing Blue Earth's basin on this week's list
My wife and I have several friends who are enamored of Scotsman Alexander McCall Smith, author of several series of books, including the "The Isabel Dalhousie," the "Portuguese Irregular Verbs" series, the "Corduroy Mansion" series and the "44 Scotland Street" series. Most especially...
May 6, 2011 - 8:42am
May 2, 2011
Book Report: Three's the charm this week
A reprint of 2007's "Going to Extremes" by Harvard professor Cass Sunstein (Oxford University Press, $15.95 paper) couldn't have appeared at a better time than right now. Here as I write this review, we've been at a stand-off since Governor Scott Walker's assault on collective bargaining....
May 2, 2011 - 10:31am
April 14, 2011
Book Report: The more personal side of a Hollywood director plus a bit of craziness make for good reads
"Men of Texas" (Universal, 1942) "Sin Town" (Universal, 1942) "Don Winslow of the Coast Guard" (Universal, 1942) "White Savage" (Universal, 1943) "Cobra Woman" (Universal, 1944) Thus begins the filmography index in a new book issued by the University of Wisconsin Press' Film...
April 14, 2011 - 3:13pm
April 8, 2011
Book Report: Finnish Americans meet Stalin's terror; mystery abounds in a Chinese tomb
It's always fun to get a novel written primarily for adolescents and find that it works just fine for old fogies, as well. The adolescent novels of the late Jon Hassler ("Four Miles to Pine Cone" and "Jemmy") are a case in point. Another such Minnesota author is William Durbin,...
April 8, 2011 - 12:41pm
April 1, 2011
Book Report: Dive into organized crime, escape with a chess champ, play in the mud this week
Years ago, James T. Farrell made news with his "Studs Lonigan Trilogy," which was the darling of us teenage readers, because even though the book was many years old, it was dirty. Well, dirty back then; not too dirty now. Farrell portrayed the underbelly of lower middle class...
April 1, 2011 - 9:59am
March 17, 2011
Book Report: Works from 'special' author, Altoona author
Two memoirs today: One from down south; the other from close by. "House of Prayer No. 2," by Mark Richard (Doubleday, $23.95), is a honey of...
March 17, 2011 - 1:32pm