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Journey to recovery featured in new book

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When Jim Kosmo set out to write the story of John Kriesel -- the Cottage Grove national guardsman who lost his legs in a roadside bombing in Iraq -- he wanted to share Kriesel's formula for staying extraordinarily positive in spite of trying circumstances.

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Kosmo, the author of a soon-to-be-released book about Kriesel's experience, didn't necessarily get a formula, but he learned that Kriesel had always been one to look at the bright side, he said.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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