My hometown newspaper, the Hastings Star-Gazette, was very important to me growing up.  I began reading it in highschool when the entire student body was forced to have reading time for ten minutes everyday before fourth period.  On Thursday’s, instead of doodling for ten minutes, every student and faculty member would have their noses buried in the Star-Gazette.

I never realized how important the Star-Gazette was to me until I left for college.  My grandma clipped articles out of the paper every week and would send some back with me when I visited.

Frustrated with reading only bits and pieces, I decided to see if the Star-Gazette had a website and signed up for an e-mail subscription immediately.

Although its content seems to be primarily shovelware I still think it is an excellent website.  No matter what it looks like, I am still going visit frequently to find out what is going on in my hometown.

Reading about the Hastings Raiders, and their recent win (because they rock), or another meth bust, (of someone who may or may not be related to me), is just about the best kind of news out there, no matter the quality of the medium.  I don’t need pictures, just names and dates so I can gossip with fellow HHS alumni about who went to jail this week.

Don’t get me wrong, websites like CNN and the LATimes are great with their big colorful photos and fancy features, but, sometimes I just want to see a good headline such as “Hastings man sentenced in huffing incident“.

So, if you’re reading this and have realized you have lost touch with your hometown newspaper, check it out the next time your surfing the net.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed, and if you are, you can just read about the crazies from Hastings, Minn.