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They have been keeping secrets for weeks.

Cottage Grove Elementary School staff and students have been busy putting together a special send off program for Principal Rick Houston, who is retiring after 40 years as an educator. He has been the school's principal for four years.


If Houston heard fourth-graders singing "What a Wonderful World" or kindergartners doing "rap," he would never catch on that it was part of a tribute for him, they reasoned.

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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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