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Tracey Tischler (front) and Tricia Sterling sit in Sterling's home. They wrote "Heroes in the Sandbox," a children's book to explain why their parent is in Iraq or Afghanistan. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)

'Heroes in the Sandbox'

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Tricia Sterling and Tracey Tischler are close friends who discuss all their good ideas with each other.

Last fall, Tischler shared her desire to write and publish a children's book so kids can understand why their parent in military service is gone.


Sterling, of Cottage Grove, didn't have to give it a thought; she was on board with her friend.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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