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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'


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 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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