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Higher education bills call for Minnesota State tuition freezes
RAD Zoo visits Pleasant Hill Library
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Artspace on track for July opening
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City of Hastings
Coach looks to carry momentum into next season
Raider gymnasts finish season on a high note
Raiders look to continue strong MEC play, improve against section opponents next year
Raider boys' hockey lays foundation for years to come
Alpine Ski teams receive awards at end-of-season banquet
Organization urges: ride a bike every day in April
Dueling piano players share Hastings roots
Library books go head-to-head this month
HFS to host city-wide food fight
Hastings Reads main event fills HAC
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Letters to the editor for March 16
Editorial: Lawmakers, don't be too quick to hit delete
Letters to the editor for March 9
Minding our Elders: Can weather and lunar activity affect people living with dementia?
Editorial: Congratulations to state tournament athletes
Real Estate Showcase
March 15, 2012
Editorial: Second-guessing of coaches in Hastings needs to stop
As members of the Hastings boys basketball team lined up to shake hands with the players from Owatonna late Wednesday night, we couldn't believe what was overheard. A Hastings parent walked past the bench, looked at coach Chad Feikema and said, "You blew it." What in the world is...
March 15, 2012 - 8:41am
March 8, 2012
Editorial: Dear dinosaur thief: Don't take what isn't yours
In recent months, the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council has worked hard to gain traction here. Things have taken off recently with the group's first big promotion, which included a number of beautiful handmade sculptures appearing at area businesses. Now, someone has gone and stolen...
March 8, 2012 - 8:16am
February 23, 2012
Editorial: Kudos to HPD for its exhaustive search
On Page 3A of this week's issue, we bring you a story about the search for a new Hastings police officer. The new officer should be on the force in about two months, sometime around the end of April or early May. The story highlights part of the extensive process that the department...
February 23, 2012 - 9:17am
February 16, 2012
Editorial: Arbitrator's decision was the correct one
Earlier this week, a state arbitrator ruled the City of Hastings was justified in firing police officer Don Farrington, who the city said violated his "last chance" conditions of employment. It is our view that there wasn't one act he committed during his employment here that was...
February 16, 2012 - 10:36am
February 9, 2012
Editorial: What an amazing effort, Hastings!
We were overwhelmed Friday evening at the sight: Hundreds of volunteers had turned out to kick off their weekend by standing shoulder-to-shoulder and packing meals to send abroad to starving children and families. It truly was an amazing effort. There were pint-size volunteers. There...
February 9, 2012 - 8:33am
February 2, 2012
Editorial: The people's work begins at the state capitol
Gavels fell last week in the House and Senate, officially opening the 2012 Minnesota legislative session. What will transpire between then and adjournment is anybody's guess. Who even wants to hazard a prediction after 2011? Consider that 12 months ago Republicans, who control the...
February 2, 2012 - 11:17am
February 1, 2012
Editorial: Decision to keep Hudson building is premature
Two weeks ago, the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority made it known that it wants to see the former Hudson Manufacturing building reused rather than replaced. We think it might be too early, however, to take such a stand. HEDRA has heard some possible reuses,...
February 1, 2012 - 10:21am
January 26, 2012
Editorial: Feedback positive on policy change
Last week on these pages we wrote about our new policy when it comes to reporting on mental health crises and suicide. To summarize, our longstanding policy here was that we don't report on suicides unless they happen in public. Most newspapers across the nation have a similar policy. This...
January 26, 2012 - 8:42am
January 19, 2012
Editorial: An exercise in free speech
Downtown Hastings was a loud place to be this week. Union protesters marched outside a business here because they said the firm doing work inside didn't pay its employees the area standard when it comes to wages. Like the message or not, the protesters have a right to be there. We...
January 19, 2012 - 8:46am
January 12, 2012
Editorial: Kline should be commended for making every vote
John Kline notched a "perfect" in 2011. He was one of a dozen U.S. House members who cast all 948 recorded votes taken last year. This marks the fourth year Kline had a perfect voting record. The five-term congressman representing Minnesota's 2nd District voted on every bill cast...
January 12, 2012 - 8:48am
Editorial: Notify public sooner when plant alerts
Nuclear plant alert system, welcome to the instant messaging world. Many things went right in terms of emergency response when the Prairie Island nuclear plant issued an alert Thursday for an industrial bleach spill.
January 12, 2012 - 8:47am
December 29, 2011
Editorial: Minnesota GOP has work to do
To hear the party faithful tell it, everything is just peachy-keen with Minnesota Republicans: a little leadership blip; a little fiscal mismanagement; a personal peccadillo or two. Nothing serious. Nothing fatal. Maybe so. Taken one at a time, reasonable people could conclude...
December 29, 2011 - 8:57am
December 22, 2011
Editorial: Please, be careful on our roadways
In the past two weeks, we have published too many stories about too many crashes occurring in Hastings. We are hoping we don't have any more to report as people hit the roadways for the holiday. On Monday, for example, there were five crashes over about an hour. Frosty roads were...
December 22, 2011 - 1:26pm
December 15, 2011
Editorial: Nice work, HHS and HMS students
You have permission to stop reading this. Please flip ahead to Page 6B. On that page, you'll see a wonderful story about the efforts undertaken by our local high school and middle school students. Through a coin drive at their respective schools, they raised a total of $4,800 for...
December 15, 2011 - 11:03am
December 8, 2011
Editorial: Mental health should be a concern for us all
Is mental health a concern in Hastings? Yes. Is our problem here any worse than any other city in Dakota County? Or the state? Or the nation? Probably not. That said, the news this week that the Hastings Police Department is fielding some 100 calls a month related to mental health...
December 8, 2011 - 10:49am