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Suspicious package in Hastings prompts call to bomb squad; it turned out to be an empty cooler

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A suspicious package was reported on Third Street in downtown Hastings on the road between the Hastings Police Department and the former Hastings Family Service building.


The package was a Styrofoam cooler with duct tape on it. The words "Do not move" were written on the cooler with a black marker. The package had been in the road for about four hours by the time Hastings Police received the call on it.

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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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