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Maurice "Frenchy" Fugere and his wife, Nancy, pictured at their Cottage Grove home in 2006. Fugere died in a motorcycle crash Feb. 18 in Florida. Submitted photo.

Cottage Grove man's passion for Harley cut short


Maurice "Frenchy" Fugere loved riding his Harley Davidson so much that the Cottage Grove man brought the bike with him when he spent winters with his son in Florida.

"The bike came before anything in his life," said his wife, Nancy, herself a motorcycle enthusiast.

Fugere, 69, was returning to his son's home near Tampa last Friday after a day out with friends when he rounded a curve and hit a cow standing in the roadway. He was thrown from the Harley and killed.

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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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