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The 2011 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Cottage Grove. (Bulletin file photo)

Looking back: Cottage Grove Holiday Train event gathered steam over time

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Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train concert is expected to draw upward of 30,000 people to Cottage Grove on Saturday — the only city in the country to host the anniversary concert — but there was a time when it wasn’t even a destination on the festive train’s route.


Sandy Shiely remembers that. So does Phil Wagner. Mary Slusser too.

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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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