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Mankato's 'Idol' is a Hastings High grad

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Chris West's story of success may shatter your idea of what happens in college fraternity houses.

The 2006 Hastings High School graduate is a sophomore at Mankato State University. While walking around his frat house, West is always singing. It's something he started in seventh grade, and he's kept at it. He's always singing.


One day, his frat brothers told him to put his money where his mouth was.

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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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