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Burned, historic Spring Green church will re-build in the community

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SPRING GREEN (WKOW)  --  They will re-build and they will re-build on-site.

Members of the Cornerstone congregation are optimistic that their historic church can - one day soon - again be part of the community where it had stood since the 1860s. The Sauk County church was rendered a total loss after an early-morning fire Saturday, which is still under investigation.

Matt Archie says he and the rest of the 61 church members gathered this morning to pray at the burned-out site. He says they offered special thanks for Cody Gunderson, a volunteer firefighter whom he says is responsible for saving the lives of a young family that lived in the nearby parsonage. That structure was also damaged from the blaze, but Archie believes they likely would have been severely hurt or might have died if Gunderson hadn't woken them up – he happened to be walking home when the fire broke out.

After the prayers, congregants walked together to services at St. John's Catholic Church, which had offered to house the Cornerstone folks so they could worship today. Archie says, "They could not have treated us better."

He adds that all seven churches in the area reached out to them after the fire, in addition to several Spring Green businesses that offered their spaces for the church to use.

The congregation is not yet sure where it'll land for temporary services in the coming weeks. But Archie says it's definite that they will re-build and that the new construction will happen in the town the church has always been a part of.

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