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LETTER TO EDITOR: Salvation Army Kettle Drive thanks you

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The 2019 Hubbard County Salvation Army Kettle Drive bucked the national trend. We collected through ringing and checks $17,673.03 this season – $949.13 more than last season, despite having one less weekend for collecting calendar wise, and due to poor weather, all the kettles were not out the first weekend of the drive this season.

You also may have heard some communities had difficulty finding bell ringers for their drive. We expanded our drive to include three Sundays and rang during the week in order to include all of the organizations who wanted to ring this season.

This was accomplished by the outstanding support from local businesses and dedicated local organizations who rang and or donated to the drive.

Locations welcoming bell ringers included Hugo’s Family Marketplace, Walmart Supercenter, Coborn’s Grocery, L&M Fleet Supply, Cwikla ACE Hardware and Walgreens Pharmacy.

Group volunteer bell ringers included church members, Rotarians, Lions, Masons, Boy Scouts, real estate agents, banking staff, lake association members, county staff, high school students, service organizations, firefighters and businesses. Also, many families and individuals rang for the Salvation Army.

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I would also like to thank Greg Kalinoski, Ron Norenberg, Bob Hansen and Denny Aanenson for helping gather the kettles each night and straightening out the bills for TruStar Credit Union to make the deposits and the Calvary Lutheran Hard Hat Ministry for making whiteboard sandwich boards to identify the groups ringing for the Salvation Army.

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Park Rapids Enterprise by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Park Rapids Enterprise. To submit a letter, email sgeisen@parkrapidsenterprise.com or mail it to Park Rapids Enterprise, 1011 1st. ST. E., Suite 6, Park Rapids, MN 56470.