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The view of River Acres resident Sharon Marcotte's home from the Mississippi River side of a dike built in recent days by some 70 volunteers. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

In the bag: Volunteers finish sandbagging early in Cottage Grove

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A big turnout of volunteers helped to complete a sandbagging effort in Cottage Grove's River Acres neighborhood a day earlier than planned.


Volunteers finished bagging sand and building a dike to protect River Acres resident Sharon Marcotte's home from the rising Mississippi River. Marcotte's back door is at 691 feet, the lowest elevation for a home in Cottage Grove. The river is lapping at the edge of her property, her home several feet above that.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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