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Ollie and Helen Holter are pictured on the replica of the Spiral Bridge at Steve Bauer's farm south of Hastings. The Holters were married in Hastings in 1946 and came back last week to celebrate their 64th anniversary.

Retracing their steps: 64 years ago, Ollie and Helen Holter eloped to Hastings. Last week, they came back to visit

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Nearly 64 years ago, Helen Cook and Ollie Holter pulled out a big map of Minnesota. They held hands, closed their eyes and moved their hands back and forth over the map. Slowly, they lowered their fingers, stopping when they felt the paper beneath their fingertips.


They opened their eyes and smiled.

All of a sudden, they knew where they were going to be married.

It was Hastings.

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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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