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Shane Hudella, the Hastings man who founded Defending the Blue Line, stands in front of Air Force Two, which he flew on to Afghanistan in December. Submitted photo

Hastings-based non-profit continues rapid growth

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A Hastings non-profit continues to grow well beyond its founder's wildest dreams.

Defending the Blue Line is a Hastings-based organization that began as a way to provide used hockey equipment to the children of military families.


Now, the organization is raising money to send those youths to summer camps. In addition, branches are opening up in other states and the group is spreading into other sports, too.

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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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