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Cottage Grove police officer Mike Vandervort hugs Melissa, a woman he arrested for DWI a decade ago. Melissa celebrated her 10 years of sobriety by surprising Vandervort Thursday, Dec. 19. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Gratitude, new life a decade after DWI charge

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It only takes a brief moment to take a life or save one. Melissa said her life was spared the evening she was arrested for driving drunk.


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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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