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Cottage Grove resident Jim Gorbunow built a giant wooden kidney in an attempt solicit a life-saving donor. He garnered nationwide attention in January following the construction of a 5-foot snow kidney. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Still waiting: Cottage Grove man continues search for life-saving kidney

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A large pink kidney is not an uncommon sight in one Cottage Grove neighborhood.

Whether it’s a 5-foot-tall snow and ice sculpture or now a wooden cut-out, longtime resident Jim Gorbunow’s search for a life-saving donor continues to be visible.


And while he remains hopeful his health is quickly deteriorating, forcing Gorbunow to begin dialysis as doctors have given him a grim diagnosis: end-stage renal failure.

“It just kind of lets the air out of your sails,” he said.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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