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Bill Clothier smiles just after crossing the bridge on Tuesday morning. Clothier has been a regular at the construction site and has gotten to know several members of the crew. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)

Clothier is first civilian to cross new bridge

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When construction started on the new Hastings bridge a few years ago, workers kept seeing a familiar face appear. He was hard to miss -- on his little scooter, Bill Clothier stood out from the crowd. He'd show up every day (weather permitting), ask questions, poke around and make jokes.


Over the years, members of the crew gave Clothier his own construction vest. Then they outfitted that little scooter of his with a bright orange flag so they could always see where he was.

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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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