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Longtime Bulletin reporter Judy Spooner dies

Judy Spooner, pictured at a party for her retirement from the South Washington County Bulletin in October 2013. (Bulletin file photo)

Former South Washington County Bulletin reporter Judy Spooner, who spent over 40 years sharing the community's stories through the newspaper, has died following a year of care in hospice.

A well-known figure in the community, Spooner covered just about every news beat in her four-decade career as a reporter, photographer and columnist. She reported stories that took her from school events to government meetings, churches to parades, people’s living rooms to the hidden corners of Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island Township.

Spooner retired from the Bulletin in 2013. She suffered a major stroke two years later, the effects of which required round-the-clock care. She entered Norris Square Senior Living in fall 2015 and in November began receiving hospice care, where she remained until her death early Thursday. She was 75.

Spooner’s husband, Gary, said funeral arrangements are pending.

Check back for more on Judy Spooner.

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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