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Polar vortex redux? Forecasters say it could hit next week
Santa Claus has arrived at a Park Ridge apartment
Merry Netflix: 40 holiday movies to watch in December
Landmark survey finds U.S. transgender people harassed in public restrooms
A Victorian Christmas comes to downtown Hastings
crime and courts
City of Hastings
Raiders drop first two games of the season
Hastings boys' hockey has rough start to season, drop three straight
Hastings girls' hockey drops two games to Hudson and Farmington
HHS wrestling takes third at own Raider Duals
Raiders boys' basketball beats Red Wing to open season
Dec. 7 event to highlight veterans sacrifices
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
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City of Hastings Public Hearing CHAPTER 34 CITY FEES
Probate of Will Joseph P. Grant
DENMARK TWP - GRANLEY PLAN COMMISSION HEARING
Nininger Township Filings Open
DENMARK TWP - JOHN HEINBUCH Planning Commission Hearing
Naomi "Oma" Therres, 76
John Michael Palmer, 69
M. Margaret Caneff, 89
Donald F. Harris, 83
Ross J. Albertson, 52
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: Vote no on Minnesota marriage, voter ID amendments
Constitutions are all about the structuring of government; they offer overall guiding principles and framework to help make sure our rulers don't trample on our personal rights and liberties. They're big-picture documents. Also, constitutions don't change, generally speaking, so...
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