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United: Last year, Hastings' Michael Bauer found his birth mom; last week, he finally met his three sisters

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MaryLou and Bernard Bauer did the paperwork. Attended the classes. And were given the go-ahead. They could adopt children to live on their farm south of Hastings near Highway 52.


And then the great news came. MaryLou was pregnant.

The great news, though, came at a bit of a price. The Bauers would slide to the bottom of the adoption priority list.

The Bauers went on with their lives, figuring adoption might not be in their plans.

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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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