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Cottage Grove winter lights contest deadline nears

2016 Cottage Grove holiday lights contest nominee Cindy Gardner, 8834 Upper 89th St. Circle. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

The deadline is nearing for the eighth-annual Winter Lights and Decoration Contest, sponsored by the South Washington County Bulletin and the city of Cottage Grove.

The contest recognizes residents who decorate their homes for the holidays. Entries are judged on holiday spirit, overall appearance, theme and use of LED lights.

Qualifying nominees must be located in Cottage Grove with displays visible from the street. Nominations are due by Monday, Nov. 27. Judging will take place between Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, with winners announced at the city's Dec. 6 tree lighting ceremony before the city council meeting.

For more information or to nominate yourself or a neighbor, call 651-458-3404 or email

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.

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