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Hastings, 55033
Hastings Star Gazette
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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

When the hail storm of June 20, 2007, blew through Hastings, many homeowners got a blessing in disguise: new roofs.

For most, it was a matter of picking out new shingles and deciding which contractor to hire.

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Most people, though, don't have copper roofs.

And most homes in Hastings weren't designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

So you can imagine the process for Mike and Cindy Hovgaard. They own the building at the intersection of Highway 55 and Pine Street in Hastings. It's a building Wright designed, and the plans call for it to have a copper roof.

Shortly after the storm, it was determined that hail caused significant damage to the old roof. Insurance stepped in to replace it, and the Hovgaards looked up the company that put on the building's first copper roof in 1992. That firm, Garlock-French Roofing out of Minneapolis, was again hired for the job.

A crew from Garlock-French has been in Hastings replacing one of the city's most unique roofs during the past couple of weeks.

When the building was built in the late 1950s, it was not fitted with the copper roof that the plans called for. Rather, the owner had the roof painted turquoise in an attempt to match the color the copper would eventually turn into.

For many people, the building looked like a turtle with a big green shell.

Julie Mann grew up in Hastings and now works in the building. She remembers the building's turtle-like appearance, and she remembers when the first copper roof was put on in 1992.

According to the job supervisor, Chip Burford, this roof will likely turn dark, but not necessarily green. With less sulfur in the air today, copper takes on less of a green appearance as it ages, he said.

Environmental factors will determine just how long it takes for the roof to lose its copper shine.

As for the cost of replacing the roof, that's something the Hovgaards weren't willing to make public.

Mann simply said: "A lot."

Mike Hovgaard and his daughter, Abra, operate an Edward Jones financial advising firm out of the space. J. Thompson and Associates, an architectural firm, also has an office in the building.

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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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