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Paige Blue (left) is fascinated by Santa Claus while her sister, Tatum, checks out the candy cane she received from the jolly old elf during the Cottage Grove Lion's Club's annual "Breakfast with Santa" event Sunday at VFW Post 8752 in Cottage Grove.

Up close with Santa Claus in Cottage Grove


The first Sunday in December traditionally is the day when Santa greets local children to hear what they want for Christmas while parents and grandparents take lots of pictures. The event, hosted Sunday by the Cottage Grove Lion's Club at VFW Post 8752, included a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage as kids contemplated their encounter with Santa. The Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest royalty painted children's faces.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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