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Playing a game of chess was a favorite past time of Rocio Gora, 7, and Helen. Helen stayed with the Gora family of Cottage Grove for a month as part of the Kidsave Colombia program. Due to privacy requirements, Helen's face could not be photographed. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Finding a home for Helen

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Ten-year-old Helen sat quietly on the couch. Her handshake was soft and her English was limited. But despite her shy appearance, the Gora family of Cottage Grove said she is anything but. Helen, who stayed with the Gora's for the month of July, is searching for a permanent place to call home.


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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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