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Seniors
Hastings will lose five to graduation this year and those five seniors were celebrated at their final regular season game. The front row with their parents behind them (L to R): Maddie Chandler, Ellie Stevens, Kylie Evans, Emily Dembroski, Lauren Jenkins and Kaylee Hunt.

Softball gets fourth seed, seniors honored at last regular season game

bruce@hastingsjournal.news The Raiders softball team has had a bit of crazy ending to their 2024 regular season. They finished third in the Metro East Conference with a 13-5 overall record and third …

Trap Team Holds 6th place and Skeet Team Moves from 5th Place to 4th

For competition week three the trap team remains in 6th place of 7 teams with 37,873.00 points following Owatonna 1st 50,133.50 points, Northfield 2nd 43,695.00 points, Rosemount 3rd 42,216.00, …
Jack Seleski pitched a gem against St. Thomas Academy on Wednesday. Seleski struck out 11 and gave up no walks in the 4-2 win over the Cadets

Baseball finishes regular season in three-way tie atop the Metro East Conference

Hastings did all they could to win the Metro East Conference (MEC) but two other teams kept up with them, forcing a three-way tie at the top of the standings. Mahtomedi, Two Rivers and Hastings all …
11AA team took 2nd place in the 2024 MBT Qualifier Apple Valley Tournament. Bottom row left to right:  Bennett Lund, Harry O'Neil, Tyler Monahan and Bennytt Erickson. Second row: Logan Kohlgraf, Ryan Schommer and Adam Simon Third row: Jaiden Raway, Colin Pine, Logan Johnson, Mason Shemon, Silas Maier. Top Row:  Nick Schommer (Assistant Coach), Tim O'Neil (Assistant Coach), Ben Zajac, Seth Maier (Head Coach) and Mitch Shemon (Assistant coach)

Youth baseball teams punch tickets to state!

Junior Trey Bremer made a great approach shot on one of the most difficult holes of the day. Hole 10 is a hard dogleg right after a monstrous drop in elevation. It is set up so the golfers cannot see the hole at all. Most of the players that day shot at least a double bogey on the hole.

Golf prepares for sections and state

The Raiders golf teams are nearing the end of their seasons and are working to fine tune things for sections in hopes of sending the teams to state. The boys took second at the Metro-East Conference …

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 …

Wuollet Bakery closed in Hastings

The Wuollet Bakery added to its chain when it opened in August 2022 in the former Emily’s Bakery and Deli location in Hastings in 2022. It was evicted from its location in the Midtown …

Senator Judy Seeberger’s Bill to Aid and Strengthen Minnesota’s Emergency Medical Services Passes Senate

On Saturday, May 18th, the Minnesota Senate Passed House File 4738 - legislation authored by Senator Judy Seeberger (DFL-Afton). The bill contains a comprehensive approach to reinforcing and …

Man arrested after chase

Hastings Police and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office were able to stop a vehicle attempting to flee law enforcement late Saturday May 11. According to reports, K-9 Sonny and K-9 Officer …

Law enforcement cite more than 5,000 drivers for distracted driving during April enforcement campaign

Law enforcement officers across Minnesota issued 5,380 citations for hands-free cell phone violations during a month-long distracted driving enforcement campaign in April. That's nearly 2,000 more …
On the calendar
Business
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 …
Government
The Minnesota Legislature adjourned its session Sunday with no state bonding bill. The City of Hastings had hoped that money towards the three water treatment plants it needs to build to filter out …
Crime
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the murder conviction against Camille Dennis-Bond for the deaths of Dalton Lee Ford and Tayler Nicole Garza, announced Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena. Ford …
Community

State Senator says Minnesota Pollution Control should be doing more to get Hastings funding in PFAS fight

The City of Hastings put everything on the table Thursday night, building its case that it deserves funding help to fight its battle against PFAS and PFOS forever chemical contaminants in its …

Treasure Island Resort & Casino hosts Minnesota Timberwolves playoff watch parties featuring local media personalities and playoff ticket giveaways

For the first time in 20 years, the Minnesota Timberwolves have advanced to the Western Conference Finals where the team will take on the Dallas Mavericks. To celebrate, Treasure Island Resort & …

To the editor: Our community and others have PFAS drinking water contamination over the EPA limit. For those interested in how these chemicals became so widespread, this is well-explained in The Daily podcast “Are Forever Chemicals a Forever Problem?” It

To the editor: Our community and others have PFAS drinking water contamination over the EPA limit. For those interested in how these chemicals became so widespread, this is well-explained in The …

Mint Development ‘national retailer’ rezoning recommended for approval

The Hastings Planning Commission met Monday, May 13 and recommended rezoning of a parcel of land at the southwest corner of South Frontage Road and Pleasant Drive that is the proposed location of a …
The Eastern Red Cedar trees, while native to Minnesota Prairies, can quickly overtake a prairie if not properly managed. Historically they would be managed by natural fires, but that happens far less now, especially on the smaller plots surrounded by homes and businesses, so groups like Hastings Environmental Protectors need to step in and help clear unwanted growth.

Hastings Environmental Protectors work to keep Hastings Sand Coulee pristine

The Hastings Environmental Protectors describe themselves as, “A group of concerned and passionate citizens of Hastings, Minnesota working toward the preservation and enhancement of our natural …
Obituaries
Eileen Janssen
Eileen M. Janssen, age 91 of Cottage Grove passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 16, 2024. Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at Zion Lutheran Church …
Patricia Malueg
Patricia Malueg passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 after an extended illness at age 76. Patricia was born in Lowell, Ind. and was the oldest of 11 siblings. Her family moved to …
Patricia Malueg
Patricia Malueg passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 after an extended illness at age 76. Patricia was born in Lowell, Ind. and was the oldest of 11 siblings. Her family moved to …
Edward Savoie
Edward “Ed” Henry Savoie, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Woodbury on April 22nd, 2024, surrounded by his family. Ed was a remarkable individual whose life was defined by his …
Steven Eichhorn
Steven “Ike” Cal Eichhorn, 70, of Stockholm, Wisc., died Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at his home. He was born October 30, 1953 in Minneapolis to Elden and Ada (Stock) Eichhorn. He grew up in Edina …
Local sports

Pickleball court officially opens in Hastings

Steve Black of the Hastings Pickleball Association cuts the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the new Pickleball courts at Roadside Park. The $395,000 rebuilding of the tennis courts with the addition of eight new pickleball courts was long overdue with safety being the top need for the well-used community asset.
Pickleball is quickly gaining in popularity. That’s obvious with a trip past the new courts at Roadside Park in Hastings. The Hastings Pickleball Association and the City of Hastings held a …
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 boys Tennis team had two matches left in the regular season last week, Hill-Murray and a rescheduled match against Lakeville South. Both days ended in 6-1 losses for Hastings. Headed into …
Current Hastings Raider senior forward Mark DeNoyer was one of two players drafted by the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Tier III Hockey League (NA3HL). There are three tiers to Junior …
The Metro East Conference (MEC) tournaments are coming up May 14 for the boys and May 17 for the girls. The Raider golf teams have just about finished up their regular season play with a busy week of …
The Hastings Raiders Softball Team (11-5) had a stellar week with three wins, two of which were conference foes allowing them to hold on to third place in the Metro East Conference (MEC). The first …
Education
Susan Beskau

ISD #200 Staff Spotlight

When Susan Beskau had her children in elementary school, a part-time position became available in the district. She accepted it, thinking it would be a great thing while her children were young. …

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

DOUGLAS TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE NUMBER 2024-01

DOUGLAS TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE NUMBER 2024-01 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A CODE OF ORDINANCES FOR DOUGLAS TOWNSHIP, MINNESOTA, AMENDING, RESTATING, UPDATING, CODIFYING AND COMPILING CERTAIN ORDINANCES …

DAKOTA COUNTY GENERAL NOTICE TO CONTROL OR ERADICATE NOXIOUS WEEDS

DAKOTA COUNTY GENERAL NOTICE TO CONTROL OR ERADICATE NOXIOUS WEEDS Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 1 (2009), that all persons in Dakota …

VERMILLION TOWNSHIP DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA PUBLIC NOTICE

VERMILLION TOWNSHIP DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA PUBLIC NOTICE Please take notice that the Vermillion Town Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. to receive …

My View: What's the hurry?

Slow down people. What’s your hurry? I have a confession. I’m a pretty slow driver. I log a lot of miles each year, and it’s interesting to watch the driving styles of motorists. I …

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 …

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 …
Letters
Let’s work together
To the editor: A sign on a neighborhood lawn spoiled my day today. It read “Joe and the Hoe gotta go.” Cute, flippant, and completely out of place in our town and country. Let's disagree …
Letter to the Editor: New teacher licensing doesn’t promote Marxist activism.
I write to refute claims of Patricia Moulton, Rush City MN posted in last week’s April 10 paper. I typically dismiss such nonsense out-of-hand, but I was curious…why was a Rush city …
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 …
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