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Dan Delaney of Cottage Grove is pictured on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He finished the marathon about 45 minutes before two bombs exploded near the finish line. Submitted photo

Cottage Grove runner thankful for his safety, first responders' work after Boston Marathon bombing

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Coincidences are often viewed in hindsight as serendipitous occurrences that can change an outcome. If that's the case, one big coincidence might have saved Cottage Grove runner Dan Delaney's life.


Three hours into the Boston Marathon on Monday, Delaney, 51, was in the home stretch of the race. The lifelong athlete was a marathon runner of many area races and was excited to run the famous New England course for the first time.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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