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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
HHS boys' basketball falls to Rosemount in first round of section playoffs
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
May 11, 2012
Editorial: Theft from charred home is a new low
As if things weren't bad enough already for Nolan and Jean Appert! Two weeks ago, their house was destroyed by fire on 17th Street. Then, last week, someone went through their garage and stole a battery.
May 11, 2012 - 10:54am
May 4, 2012
Editorial: Special thanks go out to the HFD
Many weeks, the Hastings Fire Department goes about its business behind the scenes.
May 4, 2012 - 8:20am
April 27, 2012
Editorial: Please, park your cellphone
Type "TXT U L8R." Hit "send." Then park the cellphone. Better yet, shut it off. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, working with local law enforcement and the State Patrol, has beefed up patrols specifically targeting those individuals who text, email...
April 27, 2012 - 11:44am
April 20, 2012
Editorial: Let us tell the story of your loved ones
For more than seven years I worked for the newspaper in Farmington. During that time, I got to know a man named Walter Klaus. Periodically, he would amble into the newspaper office with his typewritten columns. I always wondered how long it took for him to type those columns, considering...
April 20, 2012 - 11:18am
April 13, 2012
Editorial: Our state owes our schools
Minnesota leaders again have short-changed those citizens who have no political voice -- our children. At this point in the session, it appears the state may not be making good on any of its $2.4 billion IOU to school districts. The Minnesota House and Senate, controlled by Republicans,...
April 13, 2012 - 3:45pm
April 5, 2012
Editorial: Heroin use on the rise in Hastings and in the country
Hastings has a problem with heroin use among teenagers. Let's get that out there. Second, we aren't the only community in the state struggling with this. Nor are we the only community in the nation struggling with this. A county sheriff in suburban Chicago is imploring parents...
April 5, 2012 - 8:20am
March 22, 2012
Editorial: A smart bill targeting synthetic drugs is needed
It's about time the Minnesota Legislature took firm action on the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. The manufactured substances, which mimic the effects of actual drugs, have created an entirely new front in the legal and medical campaigns against dangerous drugs. But until...
March 22, 2012 - 8:57am
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