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Hastings teen dies by suicide on Oct. 22, 2012

A Hastings teen died by suicide on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

The teen was found outside his residence.

Dakota County deputies were called to the scene.

Additional grief counselors are at Hastings High School today to assist students as needed.


Several resources are available for anyone having a mental health crisis.

Among them is the the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Editor's note

About six months ago, the Star Gazette changed its policies with how we report suicides. A link to our reasons why is attached to this article.

We are doing our best to follow a set of policies outlined at

Among their findings: "Covering suicide carefully, even briefly, can change public misperceptions and correct myths which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help."

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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