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Michelle Jorissen's second-grade class is pictured outside their Cottage Grove Elementary School classroom where they put up family trees and photos. Students include Afia Baidoo, Tyler Bibus, Kennedy Courteau, Zachary Crook, Noah Diana, Elliana Fair, Ben Fischer, Kaitlyn Hall, Christian Hang, Sydney Holm, Emily Holzen, Dylan Kerr, Gabrielle Klann, Connor Korpi, Andrew Lehman, Lily Loetz, Elizabeth Long, Emma Myrvold, Dylan Pommalath, Ella Rostad, Riley Schoeneck, Tyler Schwartz, Alliya Tannahill, Tabath...

From refugees and royalty: Cottage Grove students reach into their families' past

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Kings, presidents, actresses and chiefs are people they never expected to discover they are related to.

The wall outside Michelle Jorissen's classroom at Cottage Grove Elementary School is covered with old photographs and family trees after her class finished their take-home project in which they asked their parents and grandparents about their ancestors.


They had no idea what they would discover.

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Judy Spooner
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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