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Derrick Radke of Hastings took this photo of an alligator in a back channel of the Mississippi River on Friday afternoon.

Hastings, Minn., man finds three-foot-long alligator in Mississippi River near Prescott

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Derrick Radke and his fiancée were out for a relaxing weekend on the Mississippi River. They had boated to Prescott from Hastings and had pulled up to shore, where they were going to pitch a tent.

That's when Radke noticed what he thought was a muskrat swimming toward the shore.

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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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