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Twelve-year-old Tyler Kostelecky, of Cottage Grove, says the skills he has learned while in the Boy Scouts helped him save his young cousin from drowning last summer. Two weeks before the incident, Kostelecky earned his swimming merit badge. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Cottage Grove Scout’s daily ‘good turn’ saved a life

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Do a good turn daily. It’s the slogan followed by the more than 2 million Boy Scouts across the country. And for 12-year-old Tyler Kostelecky, of Cottage Grove, saving a life last summer was simply his good turn for the day.

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A student at Oltman Middle School, Tyler was recently presented with the Medal of Merit, one of the organization’s highest honors, by his troop in recognition of his quick-thinking actions that saved his cousin from drowning.

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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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