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New Hastings bridge dedicated during Friday morning ceremony

Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks delivers an address at City Hall on Friday. The first Hastings bridge, the Spiral Bridge, is reflected in the painting behind Hicks. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson5 / 6
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The new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings was dedicated at a ceremony here Friday morning. 

All four lanes of the new bridge opened for traffic one week ago. Several dignitaries delivered speeches at City Hall during the dedication, including U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Representative John Kline, State Senator Katie Sieben and State Representative Denny McNamara. Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks delivered a speech, as did county commissioner Mike Slavik and representatives from the contractors and MnDOT.

A ribbon cutting was then held at the bridge.

The murals under the bridge in downtown were also unveiled to the public.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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