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Betty Caughey (left) placed money in the Salvation Army Red Kettle Friday while

Bells are ringing — and the red kettles are filling up


The Brainerd Salvation Army’s familiar red kettles, heralded on Friday by the equally familiar ringing bells ushered in the beginning of organization’s Christmas season fundraiser — the Red Kettle campaign.

Capt. Scott Strissel and longtime Salvation Army volunteer Bill Lakin kicked off the bell-ringing shortly before noon Friday at the Brainerd Cub Foods store. Strissel said the bells serve as a reminder that the less fortunate among us could use help this holiday season.

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