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Dodge in critical condition at Regions Hospital

A Hastings man was injured in an explosion at Spectro Alloys Thursday, Oct. 23, at approximately 5 p.m. Spectro Alloys is located on Highway 55 near the intersection of 55 and Highway 52.

Scott Dodge, an employee at Spectro Alloys and a 1972 graduate of Hastings High School, was airlifted from the scene to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He is in critical condition.

Dodge's daughter, Jessica, said her father is in a coma and has suffered a head injury.

"To what extent (he is injured), we do not know at this time," she said Tuesday. "He has been reacting. He has been showing us spontaneous movement.

"It's a slow process. We are being patient, although we're really looking forward to seeing him open his eyes again."

Dodge is well known locally. His father, Bob Dodge, was active in Hastings (he passed away in February). He used to play with the band Midlife Chryslers and is now in a band with his cousin Jimmy named Rumor Has It.

He has a passion for the outdoors, and a passion for the Minnesota Twins.

"My dad is an incredible person," Jessica Dodge said. "We've had just a huge outpouring of well wishes and thoughts and prayers. It has been pretty incredible. We've heard from a lot of people he has touched in his life, everyone from his childhood neighbor to his co-workers."

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He is married to Kay Dodge and has a large network of family in the area.

"We're an extremely close family," Jessica Dodge said. "In a time of need, we all just come together. We know that strength is in numbers."

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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