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Surgery put on hold for Burr

Scott Burr and his daughter Cassie are pictured during a trip to Florida in 2006.

Hastings resident Scott Burr continues to show improvement a little at a time.

Burr suffered a heart attack two days before Thanksgiving and has been at United Hospital in St. Paul since. Doctors pronounced him brain dead at one point, but he woke up the next day and recognized everyone around him.

He had been battling pneumonia and his kidneys were failing. Those two concerns prompted doctors to delay the installation of a pacemaker and quadruple bypass surgery.

It was hoped the surgery could take place early this week, but after Scott had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, the surgery was put on hold.

It was hoped he could have the surgery done later this week.

Prayer tree

H and Z Tree Farm of Hastings donated a prayer tree to the family, and it was placed outside Scott's home at 2204 Forest St. in Hastings. Community members are welcome to leave an ornament on the tree, along with a prayer.


The location for the benefit for Scott has changed.

It will now be at the VFW in downtown Hastings.

It will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

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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