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A benefit for 2000 Hastings High School graduate Eric Olson is planned for Sunday, Aug. 1, at Vasa Lutheran Church near Welch. Olson is the son of Mike and Julie Olson and the grandson of Monica and the late Donald Olson, who once operated Olson's Greenhouse in Hastings.

One slip, one changed life: Eric Olson, a 2000 HHS graduate, is paralyzed after slipping on a dock and falling into a lake head first

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The weeklong vacation had gone so well. Eric Olson made a homemade potato gun that he was firing all over the place. He turned his kayak into a sailboat of sorts, outfitting it with a big tarp so he could sail all over Big Wood Lake near Grantsburg, Wis.


Over the years, his grandmother's cabin there had provided the Olsons the perfect place for a summer getaway.

But on July 31, 2009, all that changed in an instant.

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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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