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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again stop in Hastings
Minnesota adds PTSD to medical marijuana treatment
Minnesota roundup: Arrest made in killing of 95-year-old Anoka man; Downtown Mpls. Macy's to close; 4 state news stories
Minnesota expects $1.4 billion budget surplus
Minnesota expects $1.4 billion budget surplus
crime and courts
City of Hastings
Raiders struggle against Burnsville, lose close one to Dodge County
River Blades Skating School performs at grand opening of Wells Fargo Winter Skate Rink
Ingenerf and Girgen compete at state swimming, diving meet
Vikings cut kicker Walsh after another rough outing
HHS cross-country teams finish strong season
Local students perform in Gustavus Adolphus Christmas program
Downtown embraces the season of lights
Holiday Hoopla medallion has been found
Fifth medallion hunt clue released for Holiday Hoopla
Fourth medallion hunt clue released for Holiday Hoopla
arts and entertainment
ASSUME NAME Cleaning Services by chris
Marketplace Home Mortgage, vs Goff
Sister Florence M. Judge, 93
Richard M. "Rich" Bohen, 71
Irene Klemetsrud, 93
Dean A. Aschenbrenner, 57
Cynthia Beebe, 64
Letters to the editor for Dec. 1
Letter: Local support helped African school
In support of Tony Jurgens
In response to Labovitch's letter
Viking cruise port could be smart tourism draw
Real Estate Showcase
October 25, 2012
Editorial: Vote Romney, his promise of a way forward
There's little argument President Obama has been aggressive, bold and willing to take chances in the name of returning our nation to a place of prosperity and security. Recall his stimulus bills, the bailouts, the Affordable Care Act and even the daring mission that took out Osama...
October 25, 2012 - 7:00am
Editorial: Senator Amy Klobuchar has earned a second term
If there is a more effective, more responsive first-term senator in the U.S. Senate than Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, we don't know who it might be. The former prosecutor has distinguished herself not only by extraordinary constituent services but also by her ability to cross party...
October 25, 2012 - 7:00am
October 19, 2012
Editorial: Mental health in Hastings is a bigger concern than drugs
On a regular basis, we hear from readers about what they call "the drug problem in Hastings." People have legitimate concerns about our residents using illegal drugs. There have been high-profile tragedies, losses of life and other close calls. Residents rally after such incidents....
October 19, 2012 - 9:01am
October 12, 2012
Editorial: Thieves on the other side acting just as irrational
Well, apparently it's not just "Vote Yes" signs that are being stolen in our fine community. In a neck-and-neck race, some "Vote No" signs have begun disappearing. At this rate, we may need to start a running tally to see who is leading the race as the election approaches. We...
October 12, 2012 - 10:21am
October 5, 2012
Editorial: Free speech applies to everyone equally
This week, several area residents reported that political signs were stolen from their yards. The signs were all in favor of the marriage amendment on this year's ballot, and all went missing from yards within the past week or so. Freedom of speech is a right we are all entitled...
October 5, 2012 - 8:43am
September 28, 2012
Editorial: Thanks, bridge crew, for all your work
All weekend long, we watched in amazement as construction crews floated the main span for our massive new bridge a half-mile down the river, then got it in place and lifted it up. The work they accomplished in just a weekend was astonishing. To the crews who safely and carefully...
September 28, 2012 - 8:43am
September 21, 2012
Editorial: Amazing job, music festival organizers!
Four years ago the Hastings Music Festival began here with humble beginnings. What it has grown into in those four short years was evident on Saturday night, and we were amazed with what we saw. The event was a major success, filling Jaycee Park with eager concert-goers, cold beer...
September 21, 2012 - 11:05am
September 14, 2012
Editorial: Our thoughts are with the Sake family
We can't begin to imagine what life must be like this week for Mike, Shelly, Alyssa and Abby Sake. Just a week ago, there were five members of their family. Now, they're coping with the tragic death of 16-year-old Maddy. Our thoughts are with them, with her relatives and with her...
September 14, 2012 - 10:53am
September 7, 2012
Editorial: Travelers should get faster communications
To the best of our knowledge, the team of workers building the new Hastings bridge came to a decision on Tuesday. The move of the main span would have to be delayed. The schedule would have to change. The project would go back to having two phases. The first phase would include...
September 7, 2012 - 10:38am
August 31, 2012
Editorial: Action at special session provides much needed relief
Minnesota lawmakers rose to the occasion. Although they're in the midst of a bruising election season, they tackled Friday's special session on disaster relief in brisk bipartisan fashion. This is how government should work in addressing a crisis. Every representative and senator...
August 31, 2012 - 8:38am
August 24, 2012
Editorial: Adjusted sticker price is among final shutdown reminders
The Hastings bridge project will take a significant step over the next few weeks. During that time frame, we will also learn how much this bridge is going to cost us. Yes, we all know what the old figure was: $120 million. That was the price tag affixed to the project when it was...
August 24, 2012 - 9:53am
August 3, 2012
Editorial: Clarifying our coverage and the marriage amendment
We have learned in recent months that this fall's marriage amendment will be followed closely in our community. Letters to the editor have already streamed in, pastors have written passionate columns about the matter and on Sunday a rally was held here to encourage residents to vote...
August 3, 2012 - 2:11pm
July 27, 2012
Editorial: Congratulations to officer Doffing
Congratulations are in order for Hastings police officer Rene Doffing, who was cleared of two charges of theft by a Dakota County jury last week. Jurors unanimously concluded Doffing did not commit theft when he took a corkscrew from behind a Hastings bar and put it in his pocket. To...
July 27, 2012 - 9:07am
July 20, 2012
Editorial: Policy for election letters outlined
As you can see on these Opinion pages every week, Minnesotans are passionate about items on this fall's ballot. With that in mind, we want to clarify some rules regarding these Opinion pages. First, we will do our best to publish each and every letter we get. We encourage you to...
July 20, 2012 - 8:57am
July 13, 2012
Editorial: Resolution expected soon in Doffing case
By this time next week, we will likely know the employment status of Rene Doffing with the Hastings Police Department. He will either be soon behind the wheel of a squad car or he will be terminated. His trial for theft begins Monday in Dakota County court, and is expected to last...
July 13, 2012 - 10:07am