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Letters to the editor for March 16
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Editorial: Congratulations to state tournament athletes
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September 6, 2013
Editorial: Kudos go out to Hastings Music Festival organizers
On Saturday, another edition of the Hastings Music Festival is set to be held along the shores of the Mississippi River. We’re hoping you’ve all blocked the event off on your calendar and that you’ll all be there for the big party. Organizers have certainly done some hard...
September 6, 2013 - 10:27am
August 30, 2013
Editorial: Limiting access to Highway 61? It’s too little, too late
If you want a CVS Pharmacy to come to Hastings, you got good news on Monday night. If you don’t want a CVS Pharmacy to Hastings, it appears you may have gotten some good news on Monday night, too. The Hastings Planning Commission voted to move the project along with their...
August 30, 2013 - 2:27pm
August 2, 2013
Editorial: Law working, smokers quitting
Medical researchers long have said the most effective way to get smokers to kick the filthy, unhealthy, dangerous habit is by jacking up the price of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Add Minnesota to the mounting evidence suggesting researchers are right. The price of...
August 2, 2013 - 8:46am
July 5, 2013
Editorial: Tax the rich? So we're all rich then?
Starting this week, we can all feel a little richer — while getting a little poorer. On July 1, a host of new taxes took effect, as approved this past session by the Minnesota Legislature. And of course, DFL lawmakers and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton were all about taxing the rich —...
July 5, 2013 - 11:40am
June 28, 2013
Editorial: Good luck in your new role, chief
This week we report on the news that Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell has accepted a new job in Maplewood. He will be leaving Hastings on July 21.
June 28, 2013 - 9:28am
June 24, 2013
Editorial: Good luck to Mari Mellick, new director of the United Way of Hastings
For the first time in a decade, the United Way of Hastings has new leadership. Mari Mellick has been named to replace Tara Donohue Weiss, who stepped down last week. Donohue Weiss led the United Way through a challenging landscape over the past 10 years, and did an admirable...
June 24, 2013 - 8:55am
Editorial: Rotary’s plans for pavilion are exciting
While the discussion Monday night was brief, we are incredibly excited about the prospects of a pavilion at Levee Park in downtown Hastings. The Hastings Area Rotary Club came to the city council on Monday to seek council support for its fundraising efforts. The Rotary has already...
June 24, 2013 - 8:42am
June 14, 2013
Editorial: Picnic thrown by Haley, Duffs, was a kind gesture
This week we applaud Haley Comfort Systems and Duff's Meats 2 for going out of their way to thank the hard working construction crews by throwing a picnic for them on Tuesday. What a kind gesture on their part, and what worthwhile recipients for their generosity. Now that most of...
June 14, 2013 - 9:37am
June 7, 2013
Editorial: Kudos, city staff, for a great sendoff
Behind the scenes in recent weeks, City of Hastings officials have been hard at work to pull off a sendoff for the old Highway 61 bridge here. On Tuesday night, we all got to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The event was a simple one -- gather in the lawn at City Hall, wait for...
June 7, 2013 - 9:37am
May 31, 2013
Editorial: Congratulations, Las Margaritas
A family-owned business in Hastings took a big step this week, embarking on a major addition to its current site. Las Margaritas Mexican restaurant on Vermillion Street in Hastings is expanding, and we are excited about the concept drawings we are seeing regarding their new space....
May 31, 2013 - 8:40am
May 24, 2013
Editorial: What happened to restraint, DFL?
Tax revenues being collected by the state of late suggest restraint rather than over-the-top spending in these waning days of the 2013 session. Collections from corporate and individual taxes are far exceeding forecasters' projections for three straight months now, for February, March...
May 24, 2013 - 12:02pm
May 17, 2013
Editorial: Wynne deserves a pat on the back
We were happy to write this week about the success story that is Jeff Wynne. After a tough life abusing drugs and alcohol, and after spending time behind bars in Dakota County, Wynne has turned his life around. As if that weren't enough, he began a number of efforts to assist inmates...
May 17, 2013 - 8:51am
May 10, 2013
Editorial: Bridge crew shows its thoughtful side
On Tuesday morning, we had the opportunity to tag along as Bill Clothier traveled across the new Hastings bridge, making him the first civilian to cross the big new structure. What we saw from the workers on the bridge site was heartwarming. They've taken a real liking to Clothier...
May 10, 2013 - 9:14am
May 3, 2013
Editorial: Thanks to the two Hastings teens who helped select our next police officer
The young people of Hastings are up to all kinds of great things in our community, and this week we shed a little bit of light on one such positive thing. Two HHS students sat in with Chief of Police Paul Schnell as the department interviewed candidates for a vacant police officer...
May 3, 2013 - 8:32am
April 26, 2013
Editorial: Uninformed vote shortchanges state
Remember when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said of federal health-care legislation, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it"?
April 26, 2013 - 8:37am