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Community gathering tonight in Woodbury in response to recent death

A community gathering will be held Thursday night in Woodbury following the death of a Lake Middle School student.

The event -- "A Safe Place to Talk - Together it Gets Better"  -- will be held at 7 p.m. at Woodbury Community Church, 2975 Pioneer Drive.

In a District 833 announcement, the event is listed as being "in recognition of the very recent loss of students in our school community." Eighth grader Allison Trebesch died Tuesday; the circumstances surrounding her death have not been made public. The 13-year-old's death followed the death of an Oltman Middle School student who died by suicide in May.

The event will involve mental health professionals facilitating small groups of adults, teens and children who "need an opportunity to talk through their experiences of loss," according to the district announcement. 

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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