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Minnesota House members must take harassment prevention training or lose committees
Court says Minnesota Legislature has enough money to remain open
Minnesotans tough on Franken incident
Minn. roundup: Florida men convicted of credit card skimming; Man pleads guilty to lewd Minn. State Fair conduct
crime and courts
Hastings' junior Natasha Girgen qualifies for state in two events
Girls hockey drops first two games to section opponents
Cross-country: Nogle fights illness to run at state meet
Girls' hockey preview: Raiders return with depth, ready to compete
Volleyball: Raiders' season ends with loss to Henry Sibley
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
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Probate Estate Christine Drahos
Dissolution of Marriage: Novotny
Probate Estate Marina Challeen
Amended Assume Name Lalah's Oasis
Probate Estate Janaan Rasmusen
Dewight K. "Dewey" Reck
Gerald R. Seaton
Jon Joseph Choquette
Lisa A. Rembleski
Letters to the editor: HPAAC gala a success; A thank you to Chief Schutt
Viewpoint: Falling into peak pumpkin season
Joe Atkins Viewpoint: Is Amazon Coming to Dakota County?
Editorial: Veterans have earned twice the thanks
Viewpoint: Target brand, not Hastings economy, may be behind closure
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crime and courts
April 11, 2013
Doffing pleads guilty to school bus stop violation
Hastings Police Officer Rene Doffing has pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to stop for a school bus stop arm. A second charge for failing to stop for a school bus while children were outside has been dismissed in Dakota County District Court. The conviction was deemed a petty...
April 11, 2013 - 9:16am
March 27, 2013
Hastings man charged with assaulting 11-month-old child
A 22-year-old Hastings man, Steven Edward Dale Wiltermuth remains in the Dakota County Jail after being charged with one felony count of assault in the first degree (great bodily harm) on an 11-month-old child. Hastings Police had been contacted March 16 by a Hastings woman who...
March 27, 2013 - 2:47pm
September 20, 2012
Judge rules defense may keep evidentiary materials in Schaffhausen case
The defense will be able to retain copies of specific sensitive materials in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case following a hearing Thursday...
September 20, 2012 - 5:25pm
July 24, 2012
Schaffhausen bound over in homicide case
A man accused in the murder of his three young daughters was bound over for trial in St. Croix County Circuit Court Tuesday morning. Judge Scott...
July 24, 2012 - 1:58pm
July 17, 2012
Jurors selected for Doffing case
Opening arguments for the theft trial of Hastings police officer Rene Doffing started at 1 p.m. Tuesday. A jury was picked in the morning. Seven jurors were selected, with one serving as an alternate. There are five females and two males on the panel. Check back here for more information...
July 17, 2012 - 11:59am
July 12, 2012
Schaffhausen appears in young girls' murder case
A man accused in the deaths of his three young daughters in a gruesome incident at a River Falls residence last Tuesday made his initial appearance...
July 12, 2012 - 2:35pm
June 7, 2012
Cottage Grove mother charged with manslaughter in newborn's suffocation
Police say a Cottage Grove woman suffocated her newborn baby while sleeping with him after she had been drinking. Washington County prosecutors charged Toni A. Medrano, 29, with two felony manslaughter charges in connection with the 3-week-old baby's death last year. Medrano admitted...
June 7, 2012 - 11:02am
May 24, 2012
Funeral in Cottage Grove for husband and wife killed in triple-fatal crash
A husband and wife who died in a head-on car crash last Sunday will be laid to rest Thursday in Cottage Grove, and a third person involved in the crash died overnight Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained in the crash near Prescott. A funeral service for victims Richard and...
May 24, 2012 - 9:20am
April 25, 2012
Woman corrections guard found not guilty of sexual conduct with juvenile male inmates
Jurors acquitted former Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing guard Suzanne Marie Walstrom on all counts this afternoon. The verdict came within a couple hours of attorneys giving their closing arguments. Walstrom, 39, Plum City, was accused of having sexual relationships,...
April 25, 2012 - 2:40pm
April 18, 2012
Three juveniles arrested after entering HMS through unsecured door on Saturday
Hastings Middle School was the site of a burglary Saturday afternoon. Officers from the Hastings Police Department responded to the school after an alarm was triggered. Officers arrived a short time later and found three juvenile males in the school. One of the boys ran. He was...
April 18, 2012 - 8:02am
April 2, 2012
Medical examiner determines cause of death of 18-year-old HHS senior; two arrests made
The Dakota County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death of an 18-year-old Hastings High School senior, found dead here March 17....
April 2, 2012 - 4:00pm
March 30, 2012
Cottage Grove smoke shop owner cited after 3,700-plus drug-related items seized by police
The owner of a Cottage Grove tobacco shop was cited for violating city ordinance after police confiscated more than 3,700 items they say are used for illegal drugs, not tobacco. While Smokes 4 Less' tobacco license renewal was pending last month, police inspected the store and executed...
March 30, 2012 - 4:06pm
Charges filed in alleged Afton drug-growing operation
When Washington County drug cops executed a search warrant at an Afton residence, they found a stash of guns and a pound of marijuana, but that was only the beginning of their discoveries. According to a criminal complaint, members of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force proceeded...
March 30, 2012 - 4:03pm
March 23, 2012
Outbreak of mail thefts reported
Mail is being stolen from mailboxes in Hastings and the surrounding area, according to Hastings postmaster Margaret Anfang. Anfang said rural areas have been targeted in recent months, with Denmark Township being hit especially hard. She said that rural areas south of Hastings have...
March 23, 2012 - 10:16am
March 21, 2012
St. Patrick's Day was eventful for Hastings police department
Extra patrols were in place throughout Hastings during St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, and police were kept busy. Among the items from Saturday: A fight was reported at a bar on Sibley Street at 11:09 p.m. Reserve officers on patrol in the area witnessed the fight. One man had...
March 21, 2012 - 1:16pm