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Wrenshall residents witness Presidential milestone

Of all the amazing moments experienced by Wrenshall residents Valerie Coit, Anne Dugan and Mike Scholtz during their presidential inauguration road trip adventure, one of the most incredible came as they traveled back to Minnesota on Wednesday.

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As Anne Dugan, Valerie Coit (left) and Misty Havens (far right) stop for break in Ohio on the way home from the presidential inaguration Wednesday, they found Lisa Anderson, who co-chairs the Carlton County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party with Coit.
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Of all the amazing moments experienced by Wrenshall residents Valerie Coit, Anne Dugan and Mike Scholtz during their presidential inauguration road trip adventure, one of the most incredible came as they traveled back to Minnesota on Wednesday.

As the group stopped for a break in Ohio, they bumped into Lisa Anderson, also traveling home from the inaugural festivities, who co-chairs the Carlton County DFL Party, along with Coit.

"Running into Lisa Anderson blew my mind," Scholtz said.

The whole experience was thrilling, according to Dugan, who enjoyed inauguration day so much she burst into tears at one point.

Without tickets to the day's event, they took a chance and walked to the Lincoln Memorial to watch and listen to President Barack Obama's swearing in and speech.

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"As we walked there were greeters in red hats welcoming everyone and I burst out crying because everyone was so friendly and it was so exciting," she said.

They made it to the memorial and watched, "with Lincoln," as Dugan put it, as Obama arrived and the events unfolded.

"We did more listening, actually, because the memorial is quite far away and the jumbo-tron [television] was mostly out of our view," she said.

Dugan took copious notes throughout their trip, and even recorded inauguration day minute by minute at points as the morning unfolded. In fact, she was so busy taking notes she was asked if she was a reporter.

"I was so proud at that moment," she said.

Meanwhile, Scholtz recorded the action using the camera in his iPhone. He then uploaded the photos and commentary during the day to his Facebook page online, where many of his friends followed along, making comments in return.

One of his many photos featured an empty restroom at the memorial - which the group was pleased to find. He also photographed people selling T-shirts, reporters interviewing people, the parade and the Midwest Inaugural Ball they attended later that evening.

They left the parade early, as Scholtz joked, "to get ready for a ball. (I feel like a princess!)"

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After schmoozing with other Midwesterners, dancing to the Motown Revue and seeing the Obamas make their appearance at midnight, the group from Wrenshall departed to their station wagon and headed for home.

"I helped make history!" Dugan exclaimed Wednesday morning. "I haven't really come down yet."

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