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City approves 2017 street project
Minn. transportation funding debate enters third verse
St. John's hosts annual science and engineering fair
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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
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December 14, 2012
Editorial: Return of Brian Gapp is astonishing
In October, 16-year-old Brian Gapp of Hastings nearly lost his life. He surely would have if not for the hard work of dozens of people over the past two months. This week, we want to take a few minutes to acknowledge them, even though we can't name most of them. They know who they...
December 14, 2012 - 9:26am
December 7, 2012
Editorial: Recession hitting youth especially hard in Minnesota
Despite some sketchy signs of economic improvement, finding a job in this ongoing recession remains tough sledding for anyone out of work. It's especially tough for younger Minnesotans. According to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based private charity,...
December 7, 2012 - 8:52am
November 30, 2012
Editorial: From Gobble Gait to a free Thanksgiving dinner - what a day
Could Thursday, Nov. 22, have gone any better in Hastings? Our guess is that the answer to that question would be a resounding "No." The day began with an amazing Gobble Gait, which flooded downtown Hastings with happy residents, all eager to run or walk through town to help Hastings...
November 30, 2012 - 1:17pm
November 22, 2012
Editorial: We are thankful for events like Gobble Gait in our community
Hastings is lucky to have something as wonderful as Gobble Gait again this year. Early Thanksgiving morning, thousands of people will fill...
November 22, 2012 - 9:10am
November 16, 2012
Editorial: Benefits and events have been inspirational
The tragedies our community has endured over the course of the past six weeks or so are terrible. There's no way around it. The response to those tragedies, though, has been amazing. The schools organized quickly to care for students during the daytime hours. The schools called...
November 16, 2012 - 8:33am
November 2, 2012
Editorial: Choice to run photo was the wrong one
Dear readers, I made an error in judgement in last week's issue, and I'm writing today to apologize for that error. On the front page of the paper, I included a photograph from a football game that showed a number of students smiling for the camera. The photo ran with a story about...
November 2, 2012 - 9:14am
October 25, 2012
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
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