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This bear was spotted and photographed by a Welch resident on June 3, near Highway 95 and Hudson Road in Woodbury. Submitted photo

Welch residents spot bear

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Bear sightings aren’t common in Hastings, but they have been known to occur a few times a year. As bears come out of hibernation in the spring and begin to search for food, they are known to venture into more populated areas.


A Welch resident spotted a bear June 3 in an unlikely place: the back yard of a home near Highway 95 and Hudson Road in Woodbury.

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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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