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Robert Van Vranken poses for a photo near the Mississippi River in Hastings.

2,000-mile motorized wheelchair journey brings man through Hastings


On June 1, the back tires of Robert Van Vranken II's motorized wheelchair were resting in the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca. By November, Van Vranken hopes the front tires of his wheelchair will touch the waters of the Gulf of Mexico near where the Mississippi's route ends in New Orleans.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the 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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