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The Hastings Police Department is in the midst of an internal investigation into the conduct of police officer Anthony Miller, who is currently facing a charge of possession of child pornography. Miller is on paid administrative leave from the department, which is standard procedure when an officer is charged with a crime. In addition to the child pornography charge, Miller is facing a second charge of sexual exploitation of a child. Both are felonies and carry a combined maximum sentence of 65 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.
Information released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice revealed the Hastings police officer charged with possessing child pornography allegedly searched for it while on duty. Anthony Miller, an 11-year veteran of the Hastings Police Department, was arrested at his home in New Richmond, Wis., Tuesday and charged Thursday afternoon in Hudson with possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. Miller was booked into St.
Powerful military nation decides its time to teach a lesson to small Moslem nation, certain that its people will welcome the enlightened country's victory over outmoded religious country whose time had come and gone centuries before. Strangely, the little Moslem nation didn't take kindly to the incursion from Big Brother and threw the big guy for loss after loss. Does this sound familiar? Of course. Only problem is that the countries about which historian Paul Strathern writes in his new book are 19th century countries, France and Egypt.
Here comes yet another book about Adolph Hitler. Hundreds have been written about the madman, scholars keep digging away to find even more about him. This one's called "Killing Hitler," by Roger Moorhouse (Bantam, $25). I've read tons of Hitleriana, but I must say Moorhouse has convinced me that I've still missed a great deal. Everyone's heard about the famous plot to kill Hitler during his trip to the Eastern Front, led by Claus von Stauffenberg.
Joan C. Hiniker, age 75, died Aug. 9, 2008. She was born Aug. 25, 1932. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She is survived by husband, Edward; children, Paul, David, John, Kay, and Robert; as well as 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and sisters, Donna Reardon and Gloria Knoll. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff of the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community for the wonderful care they provided. A memorial gathering will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.
Authors who take apart a region or a community have always been dear to my heart. It all began when I was in high school and my English teacher said I should not read novels by Sinclair Lewis, who was an agnostic and a drunk. So I went right out and checked out his novel "Main Street." The town he wrote about was his own, Sauk Centre, Minn., but he called it Gopher Prairie. He nailed that town dead to rights. It was just like my hometown, full of well-meaning people with a rather narrow view of the world. Later on, I read "Winesburg, Ohio," by Sherwood Anderson.
Paige Ann Watts, born still on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at River Falls Hospital. She is the daughter of Brian and Kelly Watts and sister of Carter Watts of Hastings, Minn. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviours Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings, Minn. A light lunch will follow the service at the church. Memorials/donations preferred to one of the following: The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, 7800 S Elati St. #111, Littleton, CO 80120, or March of Dimes. Note: Service times revised.
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Historian A.K. Sandoval-Strausz has written a fascinating study of hostelries in "Hotel: An American History" (Yale University Press, no price). It's his theory that Americans, not Europeans, set the standards for hotels in the 19th century due to several outside forces, including political. In the course of this scholarly book, general readers will be fascinated with individual hotels they may have stayed in or wanted to stay in or were refused entry to. You don't hear about Statler Hotel these days, but 50 years ago magazines were full of ads for the Statler chain.
Sure, I know. Noel Coward is a superficial fop. But he's a superb superficial fop. So when "The Letters of Noel Coward," Barry Day, ed. (Knopf, $37.50) arrived in the mail, I dove right into the correspondence to and from the guy who wrote about mad dogs and Englishman going out in the noonday sun. The collection is voluminous, with letters to and from George Bernard Shaw, T.E.