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Finding Minnesota: Vermillion River Love Locks

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HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — The Vermillion River gorge crossing is a lookout to Hastings’ most beautiful scenery.

“It’s very popular, yeah, connects the two sides of the river,” said Cory Likes, operations maintenance supervisor for the Hastings Parks and Recreation Department.

This particular overpass does more than just bridge two locations, it now represents lifelong connections.

“This one is Mason and Casey, I love you. 7/29/15,” said Brenda Cole of Hastings while reading one lock on the bridge. “I noticed the locks about a year or so ago and I thought it was really cool.”

Scattered along the chain link are dozens of different locks from couples following a tradition that started a half a world away.

“From my understanding, and what I know about it, it was kind of born in Paris,” Likes said. “There’s a lot of locks hanging on it and all the sudden,…

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