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Hastings native Ryan Gelhar left Regions Hospital in St. Paul earlier this month and will celebrate Thanksgiving at home with his wife, Heidi (Cordell) and their dog Norm.

Two reasons to be thankful

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Two short months ago, Hastings native Ryan Gelhar laid flat on his back in a coma. Today, he's home for Thanksgiving.

It's an outcome the Gelhars had dreamed and prayed for, but one they weren't planning on. Ryan had fallen about 15 feet through a garage ceiling. He landed on concrete. He suffered a traumatic brain injury. Who knew what to expect?

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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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