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Erik Bendl talks about his multi-state walk to raise awareness for diabetes as he passes through Cottage Grove Thursday. Bendl was walking on a path along East Point Douglas Road, pushing his 6-foot inflatable globe. "It is an effective way to raise awareness," he said. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

Walker with the world and a cause reaches Cottage Grove

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Erik Bendl has the world on a string, his dog Nice on a leash and many miles to go.

Bendl is using an unconventional approach to raise awareness and money for diabetes research. The 49-year-old from Louisville, Ky., is walking cross-country, pushing his 6-foot inflatable globe as motorists and passerby crane their necks at the unusual sight.


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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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