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Zap native retires after lengthy 3M career: Vickie Batroot closes book on 37 years with global company

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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Vickie Batroot’s introduction to 3M-Cottage Grove came not as site director but as college intern.

In 1977, Batroot was a University of North Dakota chemical engineering student on a one-year internship at 3M headquarters in Maplewood. She spent a quarter of the year in each of four areas: research and development; marketing; product development; and production.


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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. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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