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Sunday liquor sales, banned since statehood, inches forward in Minnesota
Klobuchar features Emily's Bakery & Deli at Minnesota Morning
Open house reveals remodeling concepts at Pleasant Hill Library
Dakota Electric members donate more than $27,000 to neighbors in need
UPDATE: 'I would not have expected this,' murder suspect's landlord says
crime and courts
City of Hastings
HHS falls to Simley in dual for conference championship
HHS boys' hockey loses to Eagan, beats Henry Sibley
Raider girls' basketball beats Simley to stay one game behind Mahtomedi
HHS nordic ski teams end season at section tournament
HHS falls to Eagan 8-0 in first round of section playoffs
Hastings native returns to Hastings stage
Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Choir give concert in Hastings Feb. 18
HHS crowns 8 Sno-Week royals
HHS winter play to be presented Feb. 10-12
Pop-up photography exhibit displays photos from around the world
arts and entertainment
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Michael Justen, 78
Brady L. Kragenbring, 24
Courtney T. Pahl, 25
Carol Ann Pettit, 84
Charles D. Wright, 91
Editorial: Vermillion Street plan needs to be strong, proactive
Editorial: City goals are heading in the right direction
Letters to the editor for Feb. 9
Editorial: City dogs should be licensed
Letters to the editor for Jan. 12
Real Estate Showcase
December 18, 2015
Editorial: Another step for marijuana in Minn.?
From the very beginning of the long struggle to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota, the endgame for some was total legalization, including for recreational use. So this seems fair to ask: Did Minnesota just take a tiny step toward total legalization with the announcement last...
December 18, 2015 - 10:01am
December 11, 2015
Editorial: So long to a great leader
Steve Messick never wrote stories for this paper. His byline never appeared next to a photo, either. For the most part, especially since coming back to work here in the early 1990s, his job was performed behind the scenes. Typically, the only time readers or advertisers would talk...
December 11, 2015 - 3:29pm
November 25, 2015
Editorial: Open government? Not even in MN
We like to think we do things the right way around here. Above-board. Open. Honest. Without even a hint of sneaky. How then do we explain the closing moments of Minnesota House deliberations in May? The chaos and all the desperate shouting? The passing of legislation “at the pace...
November 25, 2015 - 8:56am
November 20, 2015
Editorial: Country club sale is big news in Hastings
On Friday, Nov. 13, the Hastings Country Club was sold to a group of investors. It’s a major development in Hastings — or, at least, it could be. If all goes as planned, the club will operate for many years as a profitable place for members and the public to play golf. If all...
November 20, 2015 - 11:13am
November 13, 2015
Editorial: District and police handled threat well
What a wild week it was at Hastings High School. Principal Mike Johnson showed up for work early Wednesday and browsed through his emails. There he found something terrifying — a threat to his students and staff. Except, from the outset, the threat seemed a bit weird. The student...
November 13, 2015 - 11:01am
October 30, 2015
Editorial: Redevelopment looks like a major success
Redevelopment can be a very tricky proposition. The city’s role in it can be even trickier. Based on what we saw this week, though, it looks like the redevelopment of the old Hudson Manufacturing Co. building in downtown Hastings will be a huge step forward. There will be 60 apartments...
October 30, 2015 - 1:53pm
October 22, 2015
Editorial: Let's look in the mirror and laugh at ourselves
On Friday afternoon, Hastings High School senior Nick McGrath had one really memorable moment. In front of the whole school, he was crowned homecoming king. What followed was certainly memorable, too. As he turned to greet his friends on the royalty, his crown fell off. As it tumbled...
October 22, 2015 - 11:33am
October 9, 2015
Editorial: Stradal’s career seems likely to take off
On Thursday, Hastings native J. Ryan Stradal returned home to speak to a huge crowd at the Pleasant Hill Library. Stradal talked about his first book, a novel titled “Kitchens of the Great Midwest.” The book has been praised up and down across the country. It was an Editor’s...
October 9, 2015 - 9:06am
September 25, 2015
Editorial: Hockey association on the right track
Anyone who has children growing up in Hastings knows all too well the challenges facing organized sports. The schedules are tricky to juggle, the weather seemingly forces a cancellation every week and gear up and vanishes in the middle of the night. The greatest concern, though,...
September 25, 2015 - 10:15am
August 28, 2015
Editorial: Strengthen law to hold government accountable
Even before Watergate, the Freedom of Information Act was helping guarantee public access to data, documents and other information Americans are entitled to and need to hold government — and government officials — accountable. There has been a vast volume of success in uncovering...
August 28, 2015 - 10:40am
August 21, 2015
Editorial: County’s task force model is the right one
This week, we report on the relatively new electronic crimes unit at the Dakota County Law Enforcement Center. In case you missed it, the story is on the front page. The model adopted by the sheriff’s office for this new unit is a great one. Departments across the county (with...
August 21, 2015 - 10:36am
August 7, 2015
Editorial: Decision for early football start was a poor one
On Monday, the Hastings High School football team begins practice. If that seems early to you, you aren’t alone. The season was moved up one week this year by the Minnesota State High School League. Here’s why: for years, the state championship games were held inside at the Metrodome....
August 7, 2015 - 9:42am
Editorial: Road projects need to be spaced apart
Let’s be clear: there are greater problems in the world than the closure of County Road 46 west of Hastings. We understand that on a list of the world’s top 1,000 problems, this one wouldn’t even get close to registering in the “also received votes” section. All that said,...
August 7, 2015 - 9:41am
July 31, 2015
Editorial: Who will redevelop our dead gas stations?
Someone in Hastings needs to develop a business plan. And please do it quickly. Your mission? Coming up with a unique way to re-use abandoned convenience stores. Right now, Hastings has four dead convenience stores. There’s the former Shell station across the street from McDonalds...
July 31, 2015 - 8:34am
July 24, 2015
Editorial: Barse will need to be a business advocate
Another Rivertown Days is in the books, and man was it a hot one. Of course, for those of us who attend the festival every year, the heat is nothing new. With their biggest event of the year behind them, the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce is now preparing to welcome a new face...
July 24, 2015 - 12:04pm