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Star Gazette retracts paid letter

On Thursday, Nov. 1, a paid political letter titled "Hastings City Council Concern" was published on the Hastings Star Gazette website and on page A5 in the print product referencing a 2015 civil lawsuit settlement. The letter referred to a settlement agreement between a former city employee and the City of Hastings.

The letter included certain claims about City of Hastings Administrative Services Director Julie Flaten. All of those claims appear to be factually unsupportable, and the Gazette therefore hereby retracts them.

In addition, the letter made certain allegations about Mayor Paul Hicks, Council Members Lori Braucks, Mark Vaughan, and Danna Elling Schultz that also appear to be factually unsupportable, and the Gazette therefore hereby retracts them.

The letter has been removed from the Hastings Star Gazette website.