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Pictured from left to right are Jerry Carlson, John Carlson, Charlie Carlson, Ray Carlson, Ron Carlson, Earl Almquist, Dick Almquist, Buck Carlson, Dick Carlson, Leonard Carlson and Dave Carlson. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)

For 44 years, brothers have hit the water

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When the youngest of Frank and Grace Carlson's 11 children was just six months old, tragedy struck. Frank died, leaving his wife behind to care for their children on their farm five miles south of Hastings.


That's when Grace Carlson rose to the occasion and laid down the ground rules for their children, nine of whom were boys. She insisted that they all get along. That's was that.

Apparently, they listened.

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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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