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Karen Wenzel attaches logos to a Coats of Kindness drop box at Cottage Grove City Hall, one of 15 locations where people can donate new or gently used winter jackets and coats. Wenzel said she would like to see the non-profit effort expand in future years and involve area youth. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

Cottage Grove couple carries on kindness after cancer battle

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Eric and Karen Wenzel were surrounded by support of family and friends during a prolonged maedical fight, and are carrying forward that kindness by keeping strangers warm.


The Wenzels are in their second year of leading Coats of Kindness, an effort to collect donated winter coats and jackets for customers of Stone Soup Thrift Store and others who need outerwear as the cold winter weather sets in.

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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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