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The vessel sits docked with the Hastings bridge in the background. Secret History is a journey to discover, present and connect the lost narratives of working-class river communities from the deck of a shantyboat that serves as both the vehicle for this journey and the project. (Forum News Service photos by Chad Richardson)

Shantyboat to tell of Secret History

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HASTINGS, Minn. — It’s not uncommon to see boats moored on the public dock in Hastings. There’s not much common about the boat that Wes Modes and Kai Dalgleish are traveling in, though.


Their unique boat, which was parked in Hastings on July 30 and July 31, drew all kinds of gawkers to the Mississippi River waterfront. Inside, Modes and Dalgleish did their best to answer the questions that came their way all morning long Thursday.

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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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