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The St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club paid for a new ramp outside the home of former member Joe Murphy, who is pictured in the wheelchair. With him (from left) is his daughter, Kelly Murphy; nephew Michael Smith; and Lions Club president Dean Dahlke. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

Lions, local builder help Cottage Grove man in need of wheelchair ramp

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Joe Murphy dedicated more than 40 years to the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club, and the organization found a way to help him out in return.

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Murphy, 88 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, lives in old Cottage Grove and has difficulty getting around. There was no way for him to get in and out of his home in a wheelchair, said his daughter, Kelly Murphy.

"The front steps didn't even have a railing on it," she 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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