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Hastings Star Gazette
MARTELL TOUCHDOWN: Tornado strikes rural Pierce County; 1 reported injured
Historic Lutsen resort on North Shore of Lake Superior up for sale
Labor Department to review Obama-era rule that would expand overtime pay
Fidget spinners, hoverboards top summer safety warning list
Minn. DNR fee increases take effect July 1
crime and courts
City of Hastings
Mudhens blanked by Elko
Moms on the Run race at Grandma's Marathon
HHS boys' lacrosse puts together solid season over .500
Hastings' Nick Dittrich ties for 30th at state golf tournament
HHS baseball hopes to ride improvements into next season
Faith events: Mudhens game and picnic; Women at the Well
Zach Shaleen benefit set for July 8
Locals get creative with painting in the park in Hastings
Minn. State Fair cheese curd legend to appear at Cheese Curd Festival
Art's Art to be displayed at BreakAway through July 2
arts and entertainment
Probate Donald W. Funk 19HA-PR-17-447
Probate Raymond Ruddle 17-430
NINGER TOWNSHIP: 7/3/17 Hearing - Neuman - Minor Lot Split
Assumed Name CDBC
Probate Marueen Myhre 17-402
Cindy L. Loesch, 66
Delbert Lindsay, 75
Elaine R. Meier, 90
Shirley M. (Ptacek) Sherman, 70
Jay D. Johnson, 70
Letter: Hootenanny Committee deserves thanks
Viewpoint: Dayton's inability to negotiate in good faith led to Capitol chaos
Viewpoint: Climate change action starts locally
Viewpoint: Hastings would be fantastic port stop
Letters: UWH still funding 360 Communities; Thankful for dog park
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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
March 11, 2011
Book Report: A life at sea's the life for me -- but maybe not
My grandmother used to amuse me telling stories about her father who left the farm in Sweden to become a merchant seaman, and eventually learned seven languages. Life was not easy for a farm boy at sea, my grandmother said.
March 11, 2011 - 10:51am
March 3, 2011
Book Report: Author's work serves as Holocaust reminder
Forty years ago, my wife and I and toured the concentration camp at Dachau, just outside Augsburg, Germany. It was a very antiseptic experience....
March 3, 2011 - 2:03pm
February 10, 2011
Book Report: Porcine prose, inventive money making in this week's spotlight
My father wasn't much for poetry. He was more of a Zane Grey man. But he truly enjoyed Chaucer's "Miller's Tale," when I typed out a copy for him, when he wrote and wondered how I was wasting my time in graduate school. And I know he'd like a new book just out, "Low Down and Coming...
February 10, 2011 - 9:58am
January 21, 2011
Book Report: Selections for all tastes offered this week
Lerner Publications of Minneapolis continues to expand into different areas. Its newer imprint, christened Lab, is devoted to adolescent literature like "What Can(t) Wait," by Ashley Hope Perez ($17.95 cloth). It's all about Marisa, a Mexican migrant, living with her parents in...
January 21, 2011 - 8:55am
January 14, 2011
Book Report: Murder, poignant perceptions of large family offered this week
TV personality Al Roker has made himself an American presence over the years. From my point of view he's lost too much weight because as a fat guy, I always liked him as a fat guy. Now he looks like a refugee from Buchenwald. But that's beside the point. The point is, he has become...
January 14, 2011 - 9:02am
January 5, 2011
Book Report: Spear autobiography, how to shake hands in three easy lessons offered this week
When I first moved to Minneapolis, 40 years ago, there was a young firebrand professor at the University of Minnesota, who was in the newspaper a good deal of the time. He was a leader in the anti-war movement and a young turk in the DFL party. His name was Allan Spear. Allan Spear...
January 5, 2011 - 3:48pm
December 23, 2010
Book Report: Last minute book suggestions for that special someone
You've still got time to rush out and buy a book for someone on your gift list. If that someone likes history, especially American history,...
December 23, 2010 - 3:38pm