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Changes to Middle School Football

The Hastings Middle School sent out information regarding changes to their football program. Here are the details from their letter: Re: 7th and 8th Grade Football Information Fall 2024 Hello …

Hawks acquire long awaited beer license for Vets Park Concessions

I joined the Hawks' board in 2011, and in those 13 years of being part of a truly great organization, the question each year was, “When will you be selling beer at concessions?” The truth …
The HFC U17 girls state team won the TCSL Final Four Championship held July 12-14. The team entered the tournament as the #3 seed, and beat Twin Cities Rush Soccer Club 2-1 in the semifinals and North East United Soccer Club 4-1 in the championship game. Front row, left to right: Addison Lanning, Fiona Myers, Elli Levine, Olyvia Erickson, Natasha Van Slyke, Katelyn Wood, Serena Irrthum and Olivia Levine. Back row, left to right: Assistant Coach Shawn Mahoney, Ellie Magnus, Katie Horton, Jersey Appert, Kayleigh Giesen, Lyla Mahoney, Madeline Elliott, Head Coach Shane Lanning. Not pictured: Elena Fasbender, Gavyn Hanson and Elsie Jacobs.

Youth sports successes!

We love bragging about our youth teams and their successes! Please email the team photo with details as laid out below to bruce@hastingsjournal.news by Sunday evening to be in that weeks edition of …

Hawks take down Red Wing in first game of two

The Hawks entered the week at 6-13 with three games on the schedule, a Class B clash at the Rochester Royals, an exhibition game against the Minneapolis Cobras on Friday. The final game of the week …

Peace Run torch relay in Hastings July 22

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, an international torch relay, will be coming through the Hastings area on Monday, July 22. The Peace Run will cover 54 miles that day, running from Minneapolis …

Two vehicle accident at Highway 61 and Highway 95

A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 95 in Cottage Grove occurred on July 9 at approximately 2:45 in the afternoon. The accident involved two Hastings residents, Hazel …

Sheriff’s office investigates Randolph woman’s disappearance

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the disappearance of 56-year-old Nicole Anderson who left on foot from her Randolph Township home on July 6th at approximately 10 a.m. and …

Fr. Michael Anderson is new Regina Campus chaplain

United Hospital – Hastings Regina Campus has a new resident chaplain. As part of this unique role, Father (Fr.) Michael Anderson will support the hospital and the Benedictine Living Community …

Heidi Welsch to be next Dakota County Manager

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners has elected Heidi Welsch to be the next county manager. Welsch, who previously worked as the County Administrator for Olmstead County since 2017, will be the …

Dakota County Jail to hire 12 full-time positions to staff new Integrative Health Unit

On Tuesday, July 9 the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of 12 full-time positions to staff the Jail Integrative Health Unit, a new addition to the Dakota County Jail meant …
On the calendar
Business
Rio Grooming School and Salon at 12260 Margo Avenue South has finally held their ribbon cutting ceremony for their self-wash stations located outside of their Grooming School and Salon. …
Government
On Tuesday, July 2 Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Angie Craig visited Hastings High School to speak about the Cooper Davis and Devin Norring Act, a bill that would require social media platforms to …
Crime
A 44-year-old Hastings man was arrested after allegedly discharging a firearm in the direction of his home on June 15. Jeffrey Michael Winter, 21 Meggan Dr., was charged with felony charges …
Community

Despite the threats of rain, Hastings shows up big for Fourth of July celebration

The Hastings area Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts led the parade with their color guard.
Mother Nature has been messing with the region a lot recently. Just as the flood waters were beginning to recede, more rain entered the forecast and threatened to put a damper on the Fourth of July …
(L) Randy Stenger from the Quarry Taphouse was one of the first community rescuers on site to try and help a kitten stuck inside the Hastings Bridge. He was eventually joined by Hastings Public Works employee Jake Gartzke with a lift truck to open the panel to get the kitten out.

It takes a village

Animal lovers, rejoice! A local concerned citizen posted on local social media about a kitten that was trapped somewhere on the Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River. The original post had the …
Against the Hens, starting pitcher Jordan Jeske struggled a little with control and the patience of the Mudhens hitters allowed Miesville to reach base for free 11 times in five innings. Jeske walked six and hit five batters as part of a four hit, seven run outing in the loss.

Extended time off proves difficult for Hawks

Prior to last week, the last game played by the Hastings Hawks was on June 19, a 4-1 loss to the Cannon Falls Bears. The last Hawks win was June 16, a 3-2 road win against the Dundas Dukes. The boys …
A section of the advanced PFAS treatment system at 3M Cottage Grove, which will be used to comply with MPCA's permit.

MPCA targets PFAS in draft wastewater permit for 3M’s Cottage Grove facility

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)’s draft wastewater permit for the 3M facility at Cottage Grove, released July 1, adds new water quality protections for the Mississippi River and …

Hastings Mega Storage Garages unveils state-of-the-art indoor RV and storage garage facility in Hastings

Hastings MEGA Storage Garages proudly announces the groundbreaking of its newest 100,000 square ft facility located at 2489 Spiral Boulevard in Hastings on Thursday June 27, 2024. Hastings Chamber of …
Obituaries
Jon Johnson
Jon O. Johnson, aged 89, of Hastings, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 23, 1935, in Fulda, MN, to Eddie and Inga …
Hazel Johnson
Hazel Johnson, age 87, died suddenly on July 9, 2024. Hazel was born to Earl and Sarah Carpenter and grew up in the Isle, MN area. Hazel was one of eight children in the Carpenter family. She …
Bill 'Billy' Rhode
Bill (Billy) Rhode passed away at his home in Hastings, MN on June 8, 2024, at the age of 64. He is survived by his loving wife, Kristi, son, Matt Doublin of Minneapolis, MN, and his furbaby, …
Mark McGree
On June 30, 2024, Mark P. McGree, age 77, took his last breath and peacefully passed away after being a 20-year warrior of Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia, while surrounded by his loving family at …
Marie Fair
Marie Fair October 3, 1928 - June 14, 2024 “My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be …
Local sports

Brock Bauer is team high gun at State Skeet Championship

Members of the Hastings state skeet team include (from left):  Coach Don Baldwin, Tanner Mattila, Cameron Rowan, Nick Leifeld, Isaac Nauer, Tanner Lamb, Kaitlyn Schutz and Head Skeet Coach Darin Berg.
The state skeet championship was held in Prior Lake and the league has added a 3rd day to get the 250 athletes representing 40 high schools through. Like our trap team the skeet team competes on the …

HFS tees up to drive out hunger

The 4th annual Drive Out Hunger golf tournament was held at Hastings Golf Club on Monday, June 10, raising $18,500 for Hastings Family Service. According to Kelly Carter, HFS Development and …
The Hastings Sharks Basketball teams did well in the recent Special Olympics MN Summer Games held at Stillwater High School over the June 21-23 weekend. The Unified Partner full court team …
We love to put your sports achievements in the paper! Email bruce@hastingsjournal.news with a high-quality picture and a brief description of what led to the picture, and we will print them as soon …
The Legion baseball regular season is one of the shortest seasons starting in the middle of June and culminating just before the substate playoffs that begin July 23rd. The regular season for 383 …
On Friday, June 28, the Dakota County Historical Society hosted Frank White, author of They Played For the Love of The Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota to speak about …
Education
Charles Black

ISD #200

Middle school is a time for rapid growth, curiosity, and significant personal development as students navigate new academic challenges, form deeper social connections, and explore their own …

Features
Gary Erickson

Hastings Veteran - ‘Concertinaguy’ - chosen to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Hastings Air Force Veteran Gary Erickson has been selected as a first-place winner in the 2023 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. Erickson will be playing the Concertina at the 43rd …

Opinion
Columns

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Minn. Stat. 580.025, 580.04

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Minn. Stat. 580.025, 580.04 Date: June 12, 2024 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described Mortgage: 1. …

MARSHAN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC NOTICE

MARSHAN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is Hereby Given, the Town Board of Marshan Township will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 6th in the Town Hall, located at 12497 205th St. E. …

My View: Is golf for me?

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon to be on the golf course. I wasn’t there, but it looked like a nice day. I’m kind of jealous of people who golf. They have this structured block …

My View- Some real excitement

As I turned the page on my 50s this week, I came to the conclusion that I’m dull. I got some help in the process of making that decision. There was a letter in the morning mail informing me of …

My View: Nature wins this year

I aim to be at one with nature, but my aim is off target. It’s not my fault, though. It’s nature’s fault. It’s out to get me. Summer is for fun. It’s only nice weather …
Letters
Letter to the Editor: We did vote
To the editor: In last weeks Letter to the editor, Jessie Nowak stated that she was “extremely disappointed” that our school board decided to change the school board elections to even …
Letter to the Editor: Who do we want to represent us?
To the editor: Recent events bring out a myriad of thoughts and emotions. It appears we are more divided into our echo chambers after every incident with no foreseeable way to come to a consensus. …
Letter to the Editor: Adding 1 more year is best fiscal choice
To the Editor: Changing to even-year School Board elections has been discussed by prior ISD200 school boards, as recently as late 2022 and 2023. The choice to add 1 more year to current board terms …
Letter to the Editor: Voting themselves in another year
To the editor: I was extremely disappointed to see that on June 26th, the ISD 200 School Board members voted 5-2 to give themselves an additional year to their terms without taking it to the voters. …
What environmental legacy are we leaving our children?
To the editor: The Journal's June 27 PFAS update stated where three water treatment plants would be located: in the Industrial Park, Wallin Park, and Lions Park. However, these sites were only …
Web Extras
More renewables projects were funded by rural energy program REAP in 2023, but small-scale funding was down
The Daily Yonder reports that since the inception of the Inflation Reduction Act, small-scale funding for the Rural Energy for America Program is down, with the greater number of grants going to the largest projects and salaries.
New study reveals what companies need to do to earn trust in the age of AI
(BPT) - Although artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are groundbreaking technologies providing benefits to companies and consumers, they've also ushered in a new era of …
Translating Gen Z Slang This Back-to-School Season
(BPT) - Slang phrases used by Gen Z continue to grow in popularity. And according to recent surveys, many parents are struggling to understand exactly what their kids are saying and meaning. This …
Here are 7 strategies to save for retirement and college at the same time
(BPT) - Saving for the future is a top financial priority for most people. If you have children, then saving for their college education may also be an important goal for you. Or, you may want to …
New Artificial Intelligence Summit Series Kicks off With Energy
New Artificial Intelligence Summit Series Kicks off With Energy
() - Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to transform the United States and the world. To promote and inform rapid advancements in AI and maintain America’s global competitiveness, the Special …