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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder signs an autograph for Cala Boesel at Oltman Middle School in Cottage Grove, Minn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Boesel won an essay contest and got the football player to visit her school.

School visit by Vikings' Ponder a thrill for students

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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Oltman Middle School was a sea of purple Tuesday morning to honor the arrival of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

Seventh-grader Cala Boesel was the reason for Ponder's visit. She wrote an essay about what she's been doing to fight cancer because her younger sister, Ashley, is recovering from the effects of leukemia.

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