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Kriesel, sons visit troop fundraiser

From left, A Touch of Home member Linda Lehrke, John Kriesel and his sons Elijah and Broden, and volunteers Marie Medin and Mary Petersen are shown at the mid-summer fundraiser for A Touch of Home. (Submitted photo)

Cottage Grove resident John Kriesel and his sons, Elijah and Broden, stopped by for brats at the mid-summer fundraiser sponsored by A Touch of Home, a ministry of Crossroads Church that sends care packages to troops serving overseas. Kriesel, a former Army National Guardsman, was grievously wounded while on deployment in Iraq in 2007. According to organizer Linda Lehrke, the three-day fundraiser at Von Hanson's Meat Market was a success. Donated items for care boxes can be dropped off at the Bulletin office, 7584 80th St. S., in Cottage Grove. For information about care box donations, go to