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Volunteers complete packing care boxes for troops at A Touch of Home gathering at Crossroads Church in Woodbury Sept. 14. (Submitted photo)

Cottage Grove-area overseas troop care initiative moves into 10th year

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Sending care packages to troops serving overseas has become a monthly routine for three organizations in south Washington County—a routine that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

In 2003, Linda Lehrke, a Cottage Grove resident and mother of five sons, three of whom are in the military, gathered a few friends together to send a care package to a soldier overseas.

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