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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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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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