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The new splash pad has enough water features to keep a crowd of kids busy. Water doesn't run all the time. There are sensors the kids activate that run for a limited amount of time before automatically shutting off. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Cottage Grove's new water feature makes a splash

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A pair of 100-degree days, some tropical dew points and nearly a week of excessive heat warnings -- not a bad time to break in a new municipal aquatic play feature.

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Cottage Grove officials probably couldn't have timed it any better if they had tried when the city opened its new water play area, called a splash pad, amid a record-setting weeklong heat wave that dogged the Upper Midwest through last weekend.

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