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Photo: Police open house draws local families

Jenny Gregor takes a photo of son Matthew, 3, while he crouches behind a riot shield at the Cottage Grove Police Department Open House. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
The Cottage Grove Police Department Open House featured an appearance by K-9 Officer Gunnar, a 17-month-old Belgian Malinois. He greeted visitors with partner and Cottage Grove Police Officer Nils Torning. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

COTTAGE GROVE — There was no shortage of cool stuff for kids at the Cottage Grove Police Department Open House.

Where else could a kid try out a real-life, honest-to-goodness police riot shield? Matthew Gregor 3, tried one on for size while his mother Jenny took photos. 

The May 11 event featured refreshments, a SWAT vehicle and an appearance by K-9 officer Gunnar. 

Kids got to sit in the back of a police cruiser, and one somehow managed to trigger the siren. 

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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