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Valley Mounted Volunteers ready for search and rescue jobs

2:22 PM, Apr. 17, 2013
Pete Vande Wettering, a past president and founding member of the Valley Mounted Volunteers Inc., leads a member's horse through the 'car wash' obstacle during a recent certification session at High Cliff State Park. The obstacles on the certification course desensitize the horses so they remain calm during earch and rescue mission.
Pete Vande Wettering, a past president and founding member of the Valley Mounted Volunteers Inc., leads a member's horse through the 'car wash' obstacle during a recent certification session at High Cliff State Park. The obstacles on the certification course desensitize the horses so they remain calm during earch and rescue mission.
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The mercury hit 33 degrees at High Cliff State Park on Sunday, and despite the wind and snow, a dozen members of the Valley Mounted Volunteers Inc., pushed through a search and rescue certification session.

The group started in 1999 when a cattle trailer overturned on U.S. 41 and the animals ran wild. Founding member and past president Pete Vande Wettering called authorities to see if he and a few friends could use their horses to corral the cattle. Since then, the Valley Mounted Volunteers have focused their efforts on aiding law enforcement agencies throughout the Fox Valley with search and ...

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