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Editor's note: An update on our bridge coverage, your photos and a Twitter hashtag to use

It's an exciting time here in Hastings, and are getting a number of calls about our coverage of the upcoming bridge work. Here's an update for you.

• At about 6:30 a.m. Friday, the Star Gazette will begin its live streaming video of the main span moving out onto the Mississippi River. A link will be put on our homepage once the video goes live.

• Throughout the day, we will be taking still photographs of the move, and we will post those in a photo gallery on that page.

• If you take photos and want to share them with us, please email them to me:

• If you take photos and are using Twitter to share them, we are asking readers to use the hashtag #hastingsbridge so we can find them, too.

• Once the move concludes Friday, we will process the video from our time-lapse camera and will post that video late Friday or early Saturday.

• When the span is floated downstream on or around Sept. 11, we will turn our live video streaming back on.

• We will be able to compile a number of photos, some video and the time-lapse video onto a DVD and we will make that available for sale for a small fee. I'll have more information on this once the move is complete.

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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