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Each time John Kosec's mother, Gretl, opened her freezer, she had no idea what would be staring at her. There were ducks. There were fish. There were squirrels. All frozen, all mixed in with her vegetables.


The critters came mostly from the Mississippi River bottoms in Hastings, where her son spent as much time as he could. What was he doing with them? At the youthful age of 12, he was beginning his career as a taxidermist.

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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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