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Cottage Grove police brief: Badger football fans' highway run draws attention

Even Badger football fans have a strong running game.

The Gopher-Badger football rivalry led to an unusual police stop in Cottage Grove last month.

A police officer patrolling along Highway 61 north of Innovation Road at about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 23 saw a shirtless man running alongside a vehicle on the highway. The officer stopped the vehicle.

The occupants, who were from Wisconsin, said they were doing a run from their home state to Minneapolis ahead of the Saturday game between the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin. Police told them not to run on the side of the highway.

No citations were issued.

—Scott Wente