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Youth hands off basketball at Northwoods Camp

Perfectly-timed donation sends kid to camp

If you’ve ever wondered how your donations to The Salvation Army are used, here’s your answer. We hear stories from Salvation Army social workers and caseworkers from across Minnesota and North Dakota that are heartbreaking, uplifting, and everything in between...

February 24, 2014 | Testimonials

Most roadways in southern Minnesota closed following one of the largest snowfalls yet in 2014

Albert Lea disaster crew keeps light on for stranded travelers

As of 8 a.m. this morning, Captain Jim Brickson, Albert Lea Salvation Army commander, has been up for 27 hours. No he isn’t trying to break his 105 hours of straight bell ringing he accomplished in December. He is serving stranded travelers...

February 21, 2014 | Stories

Sign for Salvation Army social services on open office door

Service by day, service by night for Detriot Lakes volunteer

When someone’s day job is in social services, working long hours to help others, you expect them to spend evenings and weekends bowling, fishing, cooking, or just reading on the couch. Not Marcia Otte...

February 17, 2014 | Stories

Bill Kocke of CenterPoint Energy

Bumped head leads to $16,000 HeatShare gift

HeatShare received $16,000, all because a terrible accident led to a beautiful act of compassion...

February 17, 2014 | Featured

Girls basketball team comes in for a huddle with coach

Champions today, winners for life

They win tourney after tourney. But, even if they lose, our St. Paul girls basketball team would still be winners...

February 11, 2014 | Stories

Dan Koopmans is an accounting clerk for The Salvation Army Northern Division

Accounting clerk sees beyond the numbers

As an accounting clerk for The Salvation Army Northern Division, I make sure the money you donate goes to help real people with real names and real faces…

February 6, 2014 | Blogs

Peggy Kill is pictured serving at a disaster in 2007

After 20 years, Minn. field rep keeps on ridin’

You don’t see it much anymore: someone who rides a circuit like an old-fashioned country doctor or preacher. But if you’re Peggy Kill, Salvation Army field representative for central Minnesota, your territory encompasses 14 counties. So you ride...

February 4, 2014 | Stories

Desiree VanderPoel and her four kids

A blessing brings a mother to her knees

On a kitchen floor, on her knees, surrounded by her kids, a mother finds hope after a Salvation Army supporter helps to change her life...

January 30, 2014 | Featured

Spencer Linn holds a red kettle

16-year-old inspires giving in Albany, Minn.

Sixteen-year-olds: a) hang out at the mall, b) play video games, c) start red kettle campaigns in their hometowns. For 16-year-old Spencer Linn of tiny Albany, Minn., population 2,561, the answer is "c"...

January 29, 2014 | Stories

Older woman adjusting thermostat in her home

Cold weather prompts $100K increase to HeatShare budget

The Salvation Army has infused an additional $100,000 into its HeatShare program to help with the skyrocketing cost of propane throughout the state of Minnesota, and in Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D. The extreme cold and the steep increase in propane cost have...

January 28, 2014 | Press Releases

Albert Lea National Guard Armory vehicle used to pick up stranded motorists

Bed and breakfast at the Albert Lea National Guard Armory

Monday morning at 10 a.m. Salvation Army Captain Jim Brickson was happy to get off of his feet for a few minutes. Since 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, when he got a request from the Freeborn County emergency manager to prepare a shelter at the Albert Lea National Guard Armory for stranded motorists...

January 27, 2014 | Stories

Hand adjusting thermostat

Cold weather threatens to drain Salvation Army HeatShare funds

It’s another week of freezing cold temperatures. What do you do when the fuel oil for heating your house is about to run dry? Turn to The Salvation Army HeatShare...

January 27, 2014 | Stories

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