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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its sixth annual stop in Cottage Grove on Friday, Dec. 12 near the Youth Service Bureau building on West Point Douglas Road. The holiday tradition last year raised roughly $38,000 for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. (Submitted photo)

Holiday train crucial to food shelf budget

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The number of families relying on St. Paul Park's Friends in Need Food Shelf to get them through lean times the last three years just keeps going up, up, up.

And with economic worry doing its best to dampen holiday cheer, it might be expected that donations to the increasingly needed food shelf are going down, down, down.

But that's not the case at all, says the food shelf's director Michelle Rageth.

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