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Haley Strain pitched another gem of a game for the Raiders holding Mahtomedi to just one run. Strain also produced in the sixth inning.

Softball sweeps the week and moves 2-1

The Hastings Raiders Softball team opened the season with a close loss at Tartan, falling 8-7. That meant the return home for their home opener had the ladies ready to right the ship. The Tuesday …
Blake Vandehoef sprints for home after Cade Kimmes hit a hard line drive to right-center against Two Rivers.

Raider baseball drops to 1-2

The Raiders entered the week at 0-1 with a trip to North St. Paul on Wed. and then Two Rivers on Fri. After a 13-3 thumping at the bats of Park of Cottage Grove, Hastings took the chip on their …

Track teams off to fast start, win first three meets

The Hastings Track & Field teams are off to a great start. Three meets into the season, the Raiders have each placed first in the meets in team score. Head coach Jason Koch likes what he sees …

The Week in Sports

Baseball All games at 4:30 p.m. unless noted April 17 – At Simley April 19 – Home vs. Tartan April 22 – At Mahtomedi April 24 – Home vs. St. Thomas …

Ballin' in Dakota County 12th Annual Charity Basketball Tournament is Saturday

Ballin' in Dakota County 12th Annual Charity Basketball Tournament is Saturday Law enforcement officers from throughout Minnesota will participate in the 12th Annual Ballin’ in Dakota County …
2024 MN NASP 3D State Tournament's National Qualifiers Josie Rondeau (5th Place) and Lillie Shaleen (7th Place).

SEAS Patriots Archery Teams qualify for Nationals

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) School’s NASP Archery Team, the Patriots, started and finished the regular season as the top Middle School Bullseye Team the school has ever fielded. Smashing …

ISD #200 Staff Spotlight

While there is never a dull moment in middle school, building relationships with students and getting them excited to learn is the favorite part of Ms. Kasel’s job. Shayla started with ISD 200 …

Drone use a ‘game changer’ in helping deescalate situation

Dakota County Sheriff Joe Leko said Dakota County Sheriff’s Office drones played a critical role in a South St. Paul incident on Sunday, April 7 where South Metro SWAT responded to an armed …

Hastings YMCA Open House Sunday

The Hastings YMCA will hold a Community Open House on Sunday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m. The event is free and for all ages. For the younger visitors, there will be a gaga pit, bounce house, face …

Vermillion Street crash

A driver swerved off northbound Vermillion Street before 15th Street early Wednesday afternoon, hitting a tree and a light pole. No injuries were reported. Hastings Fire Department and Public Works …
On the calendar
Business
The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau welcomed the Radke & Mohrhauser Accounting firm to their new building at 1945 31st St. E. with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, …
Government
Plans for the large-scale Walden at Hastings development on the new southern border of Hastings have hit a slight delay and are expected to start working their way through public meetings in May. …
Crime
Two people residing in Hastings were arrested by the South Metro SWAT Team Wednesday and charged with the New Year’s Eve shooting that left a boy critically wounded in St. Paul. Kelci …
Community
Laura Zabel

Weekly Teacher Feature

Ms. Laura Zabel has been teaching math at Hastings High School for three decades. In addition to supporting her math students, she serves as chair of the Math Department. Even though she initially …

Volunteer to explore Dakota County wetlands

Dakota County is seeking volunteers eager to pull on a pair of waders and jump into monitoring the health of community wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). Volunteers will …

Joint agency statement on new federal limits on PFAS in drinking water

From Minnesota Pollution Control Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Primary Drinking Water Regulation announcement of new Maximum Contaminant Levels on certain …

Will Caitlin Clark do okay in the WNBA?

Caitlin Clark will do great in the WNBA. She can shoot, she can pass and she’s a savvy player. Clark did what no one ever dreamed anyone would do and that was to score more points than Pistol …

The following property sales were reported to the Minnesota Department of Revenue

The following property sales were reported to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. (Buyer listed first, seller second) Michele Yvonne Hoffman, Thousands Oaks, CA, from Renovation Group Inc., …
Obituaries
Patrick Scully Sr.
Patrick Joseph Scully Sr., a loving husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully at Regina Senior Living on Wednesday morning, April 3, 2024, at the age of 98. Pat was a former longtime Dakota …
Shelia Gahler
Shelia Gahler, age 78 of Hastings, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday evening, March 29, 2024. Shelia Geraldine, the daughter of Thomas and Monica (Schaffer) Maher, …
Cynthia O'Brien
Cynthia “Cindy” (Newman) O’Brien, age 74, formerly of St. James, Hastings, and Mankato, Minnesota, died on March 10, 2024, at her home in Goleta, California. Visitation will be on Saturday, …
Charles Curtis
Charles G. “Chuck” Curtis, age 84, went to be with the Lord on March 30, 2024, at United Hospital in St. Paul after a long battle with chronic infections. Chuck was a long-time resident of …
Diane Gehrke
Diane M. Gehrke, age 81 of Vermillion, died peacefully surrounded by family on Easter Morning, Sunday, March 31, 2024, at Brookdale of Eagan. Diane Mary, one of seven daughters born to Albert and …
Local sports

The Week in Sports

Baseball All games at 4:30 p.m. unless noted April 10 – At North St. Paul. April 12- At Two Rivers April 15 – Home vs. South St. Paul April 17 – At Simley April 19 – Home vs. …
Jose Miranda logs the Saints third homerun in their 8-1 opening day victory on Saturday in Saint Paul.

Saints hit 3 homeruns, win 8-1 on opening day

The Saint Paul Saints won their home opener on Saturday evening defeating the Columbus Clippers at CHS Field in St. Paul’s Lowertown by a score of 8-1. We can all breathe a sigh of relief; …
The Raiders' season opener at Park of Cottage Grove on Friday, April 5 started out as a very promising opportunity for Hastings. Matt Sherry had the start on the mound and kept the Wolfpack scoreless …
The weather cooperated, and it was a good first meet for the Hastings track and field teams. Both the Raider boys and girls claimed first place in a home meet against Mahtomedi and Hill-Murray on …
Baseball All games at 4:30 p.m. unless noted April 10 – At North St. Paul. April 12- At Two Rivers April 15 – Home vs. South St. Paul April 17 – At Simley April 19 – Home vs. …
The weather cooperated, and it was a good first meet for the Hastings track and field teams. Both the Raider boys and girls claimed first place in a home meet against Mahtomedi and Hill-Murray on …
Education

Superintendent Report

I hope your first full week back was a good one. This week’s update includes an acknowledgement about our Minneosta weather, testing, an overview of the recent coffee and conversation and …

Features
Wild Tree Wellness is located at 906 Vermillion Street

906 Vermillion lovingly updated, now home to mental health clinic

HASTINGS, March 27, 2024 — Aaron and Lauren Robbins, who fell in love with the preserved history of the building, purchased the property at 906 Vermillion Street with plans to open the fourth …

Opinion
Columns

5 Delicious Ways to Revamp Your Routine with Oats

(BPT) - Do you want to add more variety and nutrition to your meal planning? Consider incorporating Quaker Oats into your diet! While oats are typically associated with breakfast, they're a versatile …

6 easy ways to boost productivity and create a comfortable, ergonomic workspace

(BPT) - How's your office working for you? According to a recent survey from organizational solution brand, Mind Reader, 86 percent of people see their workspace as having an impact on their …

Everything you need to know about mental health coaching

(BPT) - You've probably heard of life coaches and sports coaches, but how about mental health coaches? Just like it sounds, they take an active, goal-oriented approach to providing mental health …

My View: An interesting weekend

It was an interesting weekend. If anyone would have asked me a few days ago what the odds would be of me doing these things on back to back days, I would have said one in a million. I should …

My View: Heed the warning

I knew the weekend snowfall was going to come before most of you. In fact, I knew about it before many so-called weather experts. A few weeks ago, I attended a high school basketball game. …

Op Ed: Should Joe Mauer actually be in the Hall of Fame?

When we’re talking about Hall of Fame catchers, we’re really talking about a select group of 10 players who form the (almost) uninterrupted top of every statistical category. These guys …
Letters
No more trapping
To the editor: Re: Dave Beck’s 2/22/24 article in the Hastings Journal. As an animal loving woman, I am appalled that trapping is still allowed in this state/country. It is cruel and barbaric. …
Zoning bill should be canned
To the editor: A bill is being formulated at the legislature that would restrict a city’s ability to control its zoning ordinances. The state law would even supersede any zoning ordinances …
Letter to the Editor: Postal dilemma
To the editor: John, A very nice job on the story about the postal dilemma that we are all facing today. All is forgiven about the "lion's share" comment. You've done your research and correctly …
Respect for end of life decisions
To the Editor: On behalf of the DFL Senior Caucus, I would like to extend our gratitude to Representative Tina Liebfling for hearing the Minnesota End-of-Life Options Act last week in the House …
Deal only with civic issues
To The Editor: I read with disappointment your January 18th article which stated the Hastings city council passed a resolution pertaining to the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and …
Web Extras
When Allergy Season Knows No Season: The Climate Change Connection
(BPT) - By Jad Daley, President and CEO of American ForestsClimate change is reshaping our world in unexpected ways, including the worsening of seasonal allergies. This was confirmed by a 2019 study …
Wild turkey numbers are falling in some parts of the US – the main reason may be habitat loss
Birdsong is a welcome sign of spring, but robins and cardinals aren’t the only birds showing off for breeding season. In many parts of North America, you’re likely to encounter male wild turkeys, puffed up like beach balls and with their tails fanned out, aggressively strutting through woods and parks or stopping traffic on your street.y …
10 U.S. cities where living with a roommate can save you more than $700 a month
SmartAsset ranked 100 of the largest cities by calculating the amount saved when splitting rent on a two-bedroom apartment versus renting a one-bedroom apartment alone.
Harnessing the brain’s immune cells to stave off Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases
Many neurodegenerative diseases, or conditions that result from the loss of function or death of brain cells, remain largely untreatable. Most available treatments target just one of the multiple processes that can lead to neurodegeneration, which may not be effective in completely addressing disease symptoms or progress, if at all. …
UAW wins big at Volkswagen in Tennessee – becoming the first foreign-owned factory in the American South to unionize
A decisive majority of the Volkswagen workers employed at a factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee cast their ballots in favor of joining the United Auto Workers union, the German automaker announced on April 19, 2024. …