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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 … more
It really would be a beautiful view if the city would remove let’s say 50 to 70 percent of the trees and bushes obstructing the view of the Mississippi River along their riverwalk down towards … more
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 … more
One of the things about writing a column every week is that you have to have life experiences to write about. Decades ago, and in another part of the world, I started out having a lot of opinions. … more
Some discoveries have been made. I don’t like to lose things, but inevitably, it happens to all of us. This is a story in two parts. The first has to do with my pants. The second part is a … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
The Environmental Protection Agency set new federal standards on the presence of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, known as PFAS, in drinking water Wednesday, marking the first-ever limit on … more
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 … more
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. … more
Welcome back! Regardless of how you spent spring break, I hope you enjoyed the week and are ready for the final stretch. As all of our spring activities and athletics get underway, time will … more
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. … more
Just one year after school districts were told they would receive “historic” levels of state funding, it was maddening to learn that some local families are going to lose the opportunity … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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