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Hastings High School senior Dustin Erickson is pictured during the section ski meet last week. Photo special to the Star Gazette by Paul Phillips / Competitive Image

A Hastings skier with an amazing story: Last summer, Dustin Erickson broke his neck; this winter, he qualified for the state ski meet

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At first, Dustin Erickson didn't even want to go to the hospital. He told his mother he just wanted to go home and go to bed.

His mother, though, knew better. Angela Erickson drove her son straight to the emergency room. An hour earlier, Dustin had slipped while trying to do a flip on a diving board. He hit his head on the board, and he had shown some signs of weakness as the minutes passed. She wasn't about to take any chances with her boy.


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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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