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Senior Blake Vandehoef did not know it at the time, but this was his last-ever goal as a Hastings Raider. This goal was also Hastings’ first goal of the game. Assists went to Jon Harris and Connor Zgoda.

Boys hockey season ends at the sticks of Eastview

The Hastings boys hockey team played their final two games of the season last week, a lopsided win to start things for the week, and a lopsided loss to end the season. For sections, Hastings opened …
Owen Bernatz drove against Tartan’s defense Monday night. Bernatz finished with a game high 20 points.

Hastings boys hoops goes 2-1 on the week

The Hastings boys basketball team was hoping for an upset in a home game Monday against Metro East Conference leading Tartan. At halftime, it looked good for the Raiders, as they trailed by just two …

Hastings girls hoops hope for extended season

The Hastings girls basketball team is ready for the second season. Hastings was scheduled to open up Section 3AAAA play Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Burnsville. Hastings coach Rick Tavernier …

Superintendent Report

This week’s Raider Update serves as a celebration to recognize our employees of the semester, celebrate transportation staff, provide READ Act curriculum review opportunities, and calendar …

Commercial fishers, Minnesota DNR capture invasive carp 

In the latest in a series of tag, track and capture operations, commercial fishers working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources captured 82 silver carp and one bighead carp Feb. 13-14 …

Howard joins Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners appointed Andrew Howard of Burnsville to the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board. Howard will represent the private sector. His appointment was effective …

ISD #200 Staff Spotlight

Ms. Megan Koerner applied for a teaching job at Hastings High School seven years ago. Although she had never been to Hastings prior to her interview, she instantly knew she was “home.” …

Kaposia Library opens to community in grand celebration

The new Kaposia Library in South St. Paul joined the Dakota County Library system Tuesday, Feb. 20 with a grand opening showcasing the building’s many modern features and inviting design. …

Over 180,000 have already benefited from New Child Tax Credit, averaging $1,322 per family

Gov. Tim Walz announced that Minnesota families have claimed $231 million through the new Child Tax Credit, benefitting 183,000 children. Families have qualified for an average credit of $1,322. Walz …

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 …
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
With Hastings Ward 1 City Councilmember Tina Folch attending her final meeting on Monday, March 11, the Hastings City Council met Monday to interview three applicants for the vacancy. The council is …
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

Hastings City Hall tours offer a peak into past as well as art and artifacts

The Pioneer Room at Hastings City Hall offers a treasure trove of local information and artifacts. It is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is staffed by volunteers.
The doors to historic Hastings City Hall were open for tours January 19 as part of the Downtown Business Association Yeti Ice Sculpture Celebration. It was a good opportunity to warm up after checking …

Public House event will benefit families of Burnsville tragedy

The Hastings Public House will hold a benefit Sunday, March 10 from 2-5 p.m. Proceeds of the event will go to families of three members of law enforcement who lost their lives in Burnsville on …

Minnesota FoodShare is underway

The City of Hastings has proclaimed that the Hastings community will work together during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign to drive out hunger and restock the Market food shelf at Hastings …

DFL chair, Fox talk about the importance of participating in elections

Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chair Ken Martin visited the Hastings Journal office Tuesday, Feb. 20 to talk about the need for political participation to bridge the growing divide. Martin …
Hastings Bus Company drivers were treated to lunch at the Hastings Terminal on 31st Street on Minnesota Bus Driver Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Drivers shared stories and memories with bus company, City of Hastings and Hastings Public Schools officials.

Bus drivers honored for their service to community

The Hastings community showed its appreciation to a vital part of its workforce on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The day is set aside as Minnesota Bus Driver Appreciation Day, and local officials enjoyed lunch …
Obituaries
Gerald Bauer
Gerald F. “Jerry” Bauer, a lifelong farmer in Marshan Township, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday morning, February 16, 2024, at the age of 80. Gerald Frank, …
Barbara Maher
Barbara A. Maher, age 71, of Hastings, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday morning, January 26, 2024; just two days after being diagnosed with cancer. Barbara Ann, …
John Conzemius
John William Conzemius, age 90, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2024, surrounded by family. John was a family farmer with an emphasis on family. He lived his entire life on the family farm …
Mary Brady
Mary K. Brady, age 80, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 16, 2024 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mary Katherine was born to parents Clarence and Margaret Hipp on July 1, 1943 in St. Paul, …
Myrna Aune
Myrna Delores Aune, age 95, went to heaven on Wednesday, January 17th, 2024 in Hastings, MN. Myrna was born December 13, 1928 to her parents, Andrew and Carine Bredeson in Hastings, ND. Myrna …
Local sports

Hastings qualifies two for state swim and dive meet

Thomas Foss, Taylor Schmaltz, Oliver Gergen and Tristan Herbst smile for the camera after a top three finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Hastings sophomore swimmer Tristan Herbst and junior diver Charlie Jensen qualified for state in the 2024 boys 3AA section swim and dive championships held at Teo Rivers High School in Mendota …
The 2023 Class AAA Champions are headed back to state after their dominant Section 3AAA tournament performance. With the Raiders earning the section’s number one seed, they were given a …
The Minnesota State High School League Alpine Championships in Biwabik, MN on February 13, 2024 was a day filled with anxiety and high hopes. Senior Jackson Reents, senior Abbi Pelava, senior Cole …
The Raiders boys hockey team entered the week at 13-9-1 with two games left in the regular season, Thursday against the South St. Paul Packers and Saturday against the Tartan Titans. The game against …
With wins this week, the Hastings girls basketball team is guaranteed a second-place finish in the Metro East Conference. Conference play wraps up with a two-game homestand for the Raiders. They …
Education
Dr. Tamara Champa

Superintendent Report

Finally, a little Minnesota weather, but the outlook this week looks like it will be short-lived. All of the students and parents who took advantage of the opportunity for sledding at the middle …

Features
Abigail Englin was honored as the Hastings Rotary Club Student of the Month for January, being nominated by math teacher Paul Olson and National Honor Society advisor Jacquelyn Morrison. Pictured attending the presentation at the Hastings Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15 were Superintendent Dr. Tamara Champa, Hastings School Board Director Jenny Wiederholt Pine, Englin and her mother, Vicki, Olson and Morrison.

Rotary Student of the Month embodies putting community service first

Abigail Englin sets a high bar for leadership at Hastings High School. Englin was honored at the Thursday, Feb. 15 meeting of the Hastings Rotary Club as its January Student of the Month. The …

Opinion
Columns

Almost half of Americans have not written a single check in the past year — here's what they're doing instead

In light of the fact that 46% of Americans have reported not writing a check in the last year, GOBankingRates takes a look at the alternative methods people are using to exchange money.

History of foodborne outbreaks in the US

FoodReady used National Outbreak Reporting System data to understand foodborne illness outbreaks over the past two decades.

How many high school and college students are using AI tools?

Using survey data from the ACT and other sources, Numerade looked into the number of students using AI to help them with their studies.

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 …

Spelling Bea Time June 4, 2023 Good Things In June! Writing Number 158

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you”. Anne Lamott   The gardening stores  are starting sales on their products. It …

Spelling Bea Time

“What falls but never gets hurt?”   ….........The rain!   The green color of our surroundings is really kicking my hormones to get outside and DO THINGS. I …
Letters
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 …
Govern Hastings
As a former Hastings resident and current property owner, it saddened me to read of the Hastings City Council passing a resolution calling for a cease fire in the Israel-Hamas War, especially so when …
Letter to the Editor
To the editor: As an educator who taught for 32 years, I know we have an important school board election on November 7. After attending many school board meetings, I have become appalled by the …
Web Extras
W.E.B. Du Bois’ study ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ at 125 still explains roots of the urban Black experience – sociologist Elijah Anderson tells why it should be on more reading lists
W.E.B. Du Bois is widely known for his civil rights activism, but many sociologists argue that he has yet to receive due recognition as the founding father of American sociology. His groundbreaking study, “The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study,” …
In Mississippi you can do well and do good with a career in public health informatics.
Do you PHIT? Why A Career in Public Health Informatics Might Be for You and How to Get the Training You Need
From the Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program (NAPSI)—Are you looking to pursue a career in health care but don’t think direct patient is right for you? …
New Yorkers can do well and do good with a career in public health informatics.
Do you PHIT? Why A Career in Public Health Informatics Might Be for You and How to Get the Training You Need
From the Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program (NAPSI)—Are you looking to pursue a career in health care but don’t think direct patient is right for you? …
You can do well while doing good when with a career in public health informatics and technology.
Do you PHIT? Why A Career in Public Health Informatics Might Be for You and How to Get the Training You Need
From the Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program (NAPSI)—Are you looking to pursue a career in health care but don’t think direct patient is right for you? …
In Massachusetts you can do well while doing good when with a career in public health informatics and technology.
Do you PHIT? Why A Career in Public Health Informatics Might Be for You and How to Get the Training You Need
From the Public Health Informatics & Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program (NAPSI)—Are you looking to pursue a career in health care but don’t think direct patient is right for you? …