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Methodist churches merge

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Congregations at Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church in Cottage Grove, and Woodbury United Methodist Church, voted to merge effective July 1. The vote -- taken at both churches in special meetings last Sunday -- was 196 in favor, 83 against and one abstention.

The blended parish has been under discussion by special task forces from both congregations for the past 18 months, according to Gary Christensen of Peaceful Grove.

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