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Dennis O'Melia took this photograph at Lake Marie in Alaska.

Baseballs and photographs: Good luck getting Dennis O'Melia, Hastings, out from behind the lens these days

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Most school teachers find fun summer jobs. None, though, succeeded as gracefully at this as Dennis O'Melia.

In the 1950s, he pitched in professional baseball's minor leagues as a way to pay for college.


By 1970, he had moved to Hastings and was teaching at Inver Hills Community College.

By 1975, he landed the granddaddy of fun summer jobs: He was the batting practice pitcher for the Minnesota Twins when they played their home games at the Met.

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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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