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Tom Manning (left) and friends and relatives take photos of a new bench at WAG Farms Dog Park in memory of Manning’s son, Michael, who died May 6 at age 12.

Remembering Michael: Park bench dedicated in memory of Oltman Middle School student

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Michael Manning loved the WAG Farms Dog Park.

The boy would go to the Cottage Grove park with his grandfather, Robert Manning, and his dog. Michael and the pup would run around in the open field at least once a week, sometimes more frequently.

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So the dog park became a logical spot for a memorial to Michael, an Oltman Middle School student who died May 6 at age 12.

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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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