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Woodbury resident Laurie Crowell (left) poses for a photo in June at her St. Paul store with President Barack Obama. (Submitted photo by White House photographer Pete Souza)

Email sent on whim delivers presidential visit

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It never hurts to ask.

That’s the lesson Woodbury resident Laurie Crowell said she took away from a once-in-a-lifetime experience that led to her spending a half hour chatting with President Barack Obama.


The experience happened in June when Obama visited the Twin Cities, but Crowell’s interaction with him at her St. Paul store occurred thanks to an email sent on a whim.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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