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Update: Schools closed today
Minn. roundup: Woman, 19, dies in skiing accident after striking tree
The Recycling Zone changes plastic bags policy
City declares ongoing Snow Emergency
WATCH: Sheriff urges drivers to slow down after dashcam captures close call
crime and courts
Hastings boys basketball knocks off ranked Mahtomedi
Hastings wrestling dominates North St. Paul
Hastings alpine ski teams off to strong starts to the season
Hastings swims strong in loss to second-ranked STA
Hastings student-athletes receive MSHSL awards
Falteisek to perform in holiday concert in Woodbury
Mural completed for installation at Levee Park in Hastings
Health briefs: Community Conversation gets people talking about mental health
This close: Rotary clubs observe World Polio Day as disease nears eradication
'Fight the New Drug' event in Woodbury to examine effects of pornography
arts and entertainment
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United Way of Hastings to Move Office to the Heart of Hastings
Croix Chordsmen want to serenade your Valentine
2018 Community Awards announced
Local collision technician receives national award
Twin Cities-based pizza joint declares itself home of 'Minnesota-style' pizza
Place a Business Announcement
Raymond "Ray" Hanken
Benjamin "Ben" Sontag
Raymond L. Bowar
Delores Kranz Wilkie
Gary "Buckwheat" Heesch
Letter: There's room for everyone on the nice list
Editorial: By all indications, we're good and could be better
Letter: Changes on letter to editor
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November 21, 2014
Editorial: Homelessness stats in Hastings are alarming
We’re guessing that when this week’s newspaper made its way into your hands, you were a little surprised to see the headline, “Homeless in Hastings” on the front page. For many, it’s likely inconceivable that Hastings has homeless residents. Certainly, when compared to...
November 21, 2014 - 12:18pm
October 31, 2014
Editorial: Minnesota tax hike on tobacco misses its goal
The goal was admirable even if the tax increase was astronomical. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature jacked up Minnesota’s cigarette excise tax by a whopping 130 percent and raised the state’s tax on other tobacco products from 70 percent of the wholesale price to 95 percent...
October 31, 2014 - 8:53am
September 26, 2014
Editorial: Hudson plans hold promise
Last week, we got our first look at what could become of the former Hudson Manufacturing site along the Mississippi River in downtown Hastings. Developers expect to be able to convert the site into a mix of housing, retail, restaurant art and event space. There’s no doubt...
September 26, 2014 - 8:54am
September 19, 2014
Editorial: Let’s revisit who brings businesses to Hastings
Apparently not everybody read our editorial from last year about why the city decided to put a CVS Pharmacy just a few blocks away from Walgreens. (Quick recap: The city didn’t do it. CVS proposed a building that met the city’s codes. The city then approved the plan that...
September 19, 2014 - 10:43am
September 12, 2014
Editorial: Utecht’s third career may be his best
Again this week, Hastings native Ben Utecht was thrust into the spotlight. Utecht was interviewed at length for a KARE 11 TV report on Tuesday about concussions and the safety of today’s football helmets. Utecht should be commended for the work he is doing on behalf of thousands...
September 12, 2014 - 9:57am
August 22, 2014
Editorial: It’s uphill for GOP in Minnesota
The Minnesota Republican Party patted itself on the back when the endorsed candidate for governor won the Aug. 12 primary. The self-congratulations were not entirely justified. A win is a win, and Jeff Johnson will take on popular DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in the campaign leading up...
August 22, 2014 - 9:48am
August 15, 2014
Editorial: ‘Bakken 101’ meetings are a good initiative
A series of meetings in Minnesota to discuss the safety of oil trains originating in North Dakota’s Bakken oil play is symptomatic of states’ concern all along the rails that carry the volatile crude. Minnesota is one of several states, from Washington to Virginia, that are taking...
August 15, 2014 - 9:45am
August 8, 2014
Editorial: Hastings rescuers should be celebrated by the community
If your life in Hastings is never touched by tragedy, you’ll probably never need the Hastings Fire and Rescue Department. They’re called out when something terrible is happening. They’re looked to for help. And we were reminded this week of how good they are at their job. It’s...
August 8, 2014 - 9:10am
August 1, 2014
Editorial: Donation by winning team is inspiring
Last week, we wrote about the Hastings mother and daughter who found the Edina Realty Rivertown Days medallion and then donated the $500 cash prize to their church’s youth group. This week, we bring more good news. Following a fun summer activity for a group of Hastings teens,...
August 1, 2014 - 8:50am
July 25, 2014
Editorial: Passing of Bob McNamara is sad news for Gophers fans
At times, it is hard to believe what Bob McNamara accomplished in his lifetime. He had very humble beginnings in a house full of boys being raised by a single mother. He somehow went from that to become a standout football star here and then, later, stardom at the University...
July 25, 2014 - 8:44am
July 18, 2014
Editorial: Downtown Hastings could use a break
Downtown Hastings could really use a break. More than anything, though, they could use your help. Usually, downtown gets a big shot in the arm from its biweekly car shows throughout the summer. This year, though, rain has significantly impacted pretty much every show. Some have...
July 18, 2014 - 11:00am
July 11, 2014
Editorial: Move carefully with medical marijuana
Minnesota’s new medical marijuana law is intentionally and appropriately narrow. Those who truly need the beneficial compounds in cannabis will be able to get it, not by smoking but by ingesting pills or liquid, just like other medications. The law is written tightly enough to discourage...
July 11, 2014 - 8:58am
June 27, 2014
Editorial: Busy week in news calls for some more clarification
What a week in Hastings news. On the front page this week, we have a terrible tragedy, a close funnel cloud scare, the challenge facing the Hastings Country Club and, of course, the flood. We have a little bit more to say on a few of those stories: In the shooting death —...
June 27, 2014 - 1:40pm
June 13, 2014
Editorial: Decision to move graduation inside was the right one
On Friday morning, the graduating class of 2014 at Hastings High School certainly had a lot to smile about. They were, of course, graduating that night. Another reason to smile? The weather.
June 13, 2014 - 8:57am
May 30, 2014
Editorial: Let’s make Memorial Day observance even better next year
Hastings is lucky to have a well-run and well-attended Memorial Day observance at Roadside Park every year. This year was no different. Hundreds of people came in their best red, white and blue clothing to hear the speeches, sing along to patriotic songs and pay their respects...
May 30, 2014 - 11:04am