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Sen Ingebrigtsen Votes Against New Cell Phone Tracking Rules
4-24-14    
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - New restrictions on police use of cell phone tracking technology have won backing from the Minnesota Senate.
Senators voted Tuesday to require a special tracking warrant when a device is used to find a person's location by their cell phone or other electronic devices.
The lone vote against the bill came from Republican Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, a retired sheriff from Alexandria. He says it sends the wrong message about police techniques and suggests they are merely stockpiling data. “They have solved some significant crimes with this particular tool. It’s a wonderful tool but it cannot and should not be abused. I get that, I understand that. Law enforcement understands that more than anybody but I just don’t want to send the message we are going to try and fix this and punish, not punish probably isn’t the word, but stand in the way of law enforcement.”
Ingebrigsen says that only the BCA and Hennepin County have this tool now but more counties might be interested in getting one if the price goes lower..
The bill says law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. People being tracked must eventually be notified that their information was collected.
Republican Sen. Branden Peterson of Andover says the bill responds to rapidly advancing technology.

Veterans Stand Down to Help Vets
4-24-14
The veterans stand down was well attended Thursday in Fergus Falls. VFW Post 612 posted the colors. The National Anthem was sung.
MACV Outreach Manager, Paul Petterson, out of the Duluth office summed up the event saying it was to find veterans that need help: “I challenge you all to bring someone next year, bring them to an event, get them to Charlie’s office if you know of somebody in need of services that is a veteran, please, ask for help.”
Tables were set up to connect veterans with services.  Homeless vets were offered clothing. 
 

Perham's Day of Caring May 1 showcases volunteer efforts of Perham High School students
4-24-14
Senior citizens, military veterans, and others who may have a special circumstance that prevents them from doing yard work around their homes will have the opportunity to receive help from High School volunteers on Tuesday, May 6 when Perham celebrates World Day of Caring.  Perham students will provide help with projects like raking lawns, trimming hedges, cleaning out flowerbeds or other outdoor projects for outside home care.  The World Day of Caring is sponsored by United Way of Otter Tail County in the cities of Perham, Dent and Richville with support from the American Legion Post Number 148 in Dent, Dent Lions, Calvary Lutheran Women's, St. Henry's Catholic Daughters, Sacred Heart Christian Mothers, and  Lake Region Electrical Coop and the generous participation of the students of Perham High School. 

Zellers Meet-n-Greet in Fergus Falls Friday
4-24-14

Kurt Zellers will meet with the public from 2 to 3 pm at City Bakery & Café (209 W Lincoln) in Fergus Falls Friday.  Zellers is a Republican representative for District: 34B and is running for governor. 



MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle planning study
4-24-14
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 1 from 4-6 p.m. at West Central Initiative in Fergus Falls to seek input for a statewide bicycle planning study.
Tim Mitchell, MnDOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, said, “Minnesota is often recognized as one of the top bicycle-friendly states in the country, and the best way to continue improving is to learn from constituents who use the highways, bike lanes and shoulders to bike.”  
 The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and attendees should plan to stay the entire time. The event will begin with a brief project description followed by a facilitated workshop.  Activities will be offered throughout the evening for adults bringing their children. There will be a community open house from 6 to 7 p.m., where people can come and go. An online participation is also available at mndot dot gov slash bike.  (www.mndot.gov/bike)
 


Events April 24 2014 & Beyond  
April 24 Veterans Stand Down
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), a nonprofit organization serving veterans statewide, along with the Ottertail County Veteran Service office, will be hosting the first Fergus Falls Veterans' StandDown.  Fergus Falls Armory, 421 Cecil Ave 9 am to 2 pm, welcome ceremony at 11:30 am.  All veterans seeking services are welcome.  Onsite assistance available include free lunch, clothing, VA benefit information, legal assistance-- including a court component, housing and employment assistance, and referrals, chemical dependency recovery groups, DMV, haircuts, chaplaincy, public benefits information, and more.  Resources and assistance available for U.S. veterans who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, or seeking benefits or assistance at MACV StandDown 2014.
More Info Call MACV (218) 722-8763
April 24 Pattern making for sweaters with Sharon Marquardt
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pattern Making for Sweaters with Sharon Marquardt Kaddatz Galleries 111 Lincoln Ave Fergus Falls, MN
April 24 Humane Society Dinner and Wadena Community Fair 
The Wadena County Humane Society will hold its annual Spaghetti supper and Silent Auction at the Wadena VFW on Thursday April 24 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm.  Also on Thursday in Wadena, the Bridging The Gap Community Volunteer Fair will be held at the Cyber Café from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm   Organizations represented include Wadena Outreach Missionaries, Relay For Life, Daffodil Sales, Meals on Wheels, Wadena County Historical Society and many more.  The Cyber Café is located at 210 Jefferson Street in Wadena.
 April 25 Dinner & Show PioneerCare FF
PioneerCare Auxiliary Spring Dinner & Show Friday, April 25 5:30 pm at the PioneerCare Celebration Center (1131 S Mabelle Ave) Fergus Falls. Live musical performances by Andrew Yaggie & Tyler Schwichtenberg. Tickets $30 per person  www.pioneercare.org or 998 1506. Proceeds used by the auxiliary to benefit PioneerCare residents.
April 25 Perham Community Carnival 
3:30 - 7:00 pm at the Perham Area Community Center (PACC) Sponsored by:  New Creation Lutheran Church. Food, Games, Inflatibles, Silent Auction, Raffle Tickets, Face Panting, Tickets will be sold at the door for games.  Raffle tickets sold in advance $2. Admission to the carnival is free.  
April 25, 26 & 27 Synchronized Swim Show FF
The 2014 Synchronized Swimming Show, titled “Be Our Guest” will be held, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-27, at 7:30pm each night.
The show will be held at the Kennedy Secondary School pool. Admission is $4.00 for students and $6.00 for adults. The show is directed by Deb Holicky and Amanda Thormodson, and is sponsored by District 544 Community Education.
April 26 Walk a Mile in her Shoes
Saturday, April 26 1:00-3:00pm At M STATE CAMPUS Registration begins @ 1:00pm, Legacy Hall 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls A Men’s March against violence. Sponsored by M-State Student Senate and PN Organization. For more information visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org or call M STATE Student Senate @ (218)736-1701 April is sexual assault awareness month.
April 26 Zoo Opening Wahpeton
Chahinkapa Zoo opening for the season. Regular hours 10 am to 7 pm through August.
April 26 Walk for Glendalough State Park, Battle Lake
9 to noon, Pledge forms at Everts Lumber in Battle Lake, park office or BL School. Register at lodge on north side of Annie Battle Lake by 10 am to be eligible for awards & door prizes. For more info: Kristi Everts khe@arvig.net
April 26 Green Wing Duck Fair FF
11 – 3 FF Community Ice Arena. Membership cost $15 per child: Includes entrance to the fair, meal, beverage, Puddler Magazine subscription and all events.  Events include: golf putting contest, BB gun shoot, Basketball hoop shoot, hockey slap shot contest, clay pigeon toss, games & prizes, demonstrations.  Adult entrance is FREE, adult food $5.
 
April 26 2-Person Golf Scramble FF
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Pebble Lake Golf Course http://www.playpebblelake.com 2-Person scramble using 25% of team handicap, gross and net payouts. Purse:  1st- $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100
Cost(per player)- $25 members;  $35 Non-members.  Cart not included
Call (218) 736-7404 Registration Deadline is Wednesday April 23rd-
April 26 Honor Flight FF LB Homes
Honor Flight: The Movie will be shown free of charge on Saturday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Lakeland Hospice offices, 805 East Channing Avenue, Fergus Falls.  The documentary released in 2012 depicts four veterans and their preparation and experience traveling with the Honor Flight program to see the war memorials of Washington, DC.  A free-will offering will be collected to go towards future Honor Flights for veterans.  For more information go online to LBHomes.org or call (218) 998-1400. 
April 26 Healthy Kids Day/Kid’s Bike Rodeo Fergus Falls
10 am to 1 pm at YMCA (1164 Friberg Ave) Bring your bike, get a bike check-up, ride the obstacle course. Get your helmet professionally fitted or receive a free one from Helmets for Kids. Register to win a bike.
April 26 School Proms
Battle Lake High School, Brandon, Campbell/Tintah, Evansville, Henning, New York Mills, Rothsay, Underwood.
April 26 Casino Night Perham
Perham Rotary Casino Night. 5:00 to midnight,  5 pm social, 6:30 games start, auction at 9:30. At the Cactus. Advance tickets at Dean’s Country Market-Perham
April 26 Daddy Daughter Dance at Perham Center for the Arts
Meet Miss Perham and Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen at the Daddy/Daughter Dance at the Perham Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 to p.m.  Uncles and Grandpas are also welcome to enjoy music and dancing and refreshments.  Tickets are $10 a couple or $15 per family.  All proceeds from the event benefit the Perham Pageants Scholarship Fund.  Tickets are available at the door
April 27 FF Firefighters Pancakes
Fergus Falls Fire Fighter's 29th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Join the fun and support a great cause on Sunday April 27 from 7:30 am-1:00 pm at the Fire Hall.  All the pancakes you can put away, plus maple link sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and milk Cost:   $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under eat for free. All proceeds will help purchase specialized fire fighting equipment
April 27 Luther College Concert Band FF
Sun April 27 Kennnedy High School Auditorium in Fergus Falls 2 pm.  Adults $18, students $5. Advance tickets www.tickets.luther.edu or 218 998 1500
April 27 Lakes Area Community Band Concert D.L
The Lakes Area Community Band will celebrate the arrival of spring with a 4:00 p.m. concert on Sunday, April 27th at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.   Now in its 8th year, the band includes talented musicians from the community who perform classic wind band compositions, spirited marches and music from Broadway musicals.   
 
April 28 Morning Son Christian School Book Fair
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Website: http://www.MorningSon.org A buy one get one free event!  This tow-for-the-price-of-one book fair will be located in the Gathering rounds and is only two days long- so don't miss it!
April 28 Friends of the PWLC Fundraiser
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM The Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Annual Fundraiser
Bigwood Event Center Tickets $50
April 28, 2014 Morning Son Annual Celebration FF
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Website: http://www.MorningSon.org
Annual stakeholder celebration for the Morning Son community (parents, staff, school board, Foundation board, friends of Morning Son).  There will be student involvement, school board elections, highlights to celebrate, and sharing the vision of the future of Morning Son. 1319 N Cleveland Ave.
April 28 Morning Son Christian School Book Fair
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Website: http://www.MorningSon.org A buy one get one free event!  This two-for-the-price-of-one book fair will be located in the Gathering rounds and is only two days long- so don't miss it!
April 28 – May 2 Scams Feature Lakes Radio Stations
There seems to be a new scam everyday. Lakes Radio News Team will review the types of scams and let you know how to protect yourself from scams.  Airs in the 8 am, noon and 5 pm hour on all five radio stations. Will also be posted online.
April 28, 2014 -May 3, 2014 Victor Lundeen’s 100th Anniversary FF
The Victor Lundeen Company is celebrating our centennial this week – 100 years of service to the Lakes Area.  Come in and help us celebrate this grand milestone.  We will have refreshments and you can register for door prizes each day.   Enjoy 15% off all regular priced, in-stock merchandise. Lundeen’s will also have discounts up to 50% on a HUGE selection of books and gifts. Plus receive a free appreciation gift with qualifying $10 minimum purchase.  Monday from 1 - 3pm stop in for scarf tying tips from Two's Company, Thursday from 1 - 4pm we will have food tasting and Saturday from 11am - 1pm enjoy Storytime with Rick Schara. Same great service, same family ownership since 1914, celebrating a century of service!
April 28 & 29 Dental Out Reach Clinic N.Y.M.
Dental Out Reach Clinic for children ages 1 to 12 that are covered under Minnesota Health Care programs or Medical Assistance. Advance appointments required. Call 888 683 1038. Appointments at OTC Office Building 118 N Main New York Mills.  They may be able to help with transportation.  Ask when you make your appointment.
 
April 29 A Center For The Arts presents the Janus Trio
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Website: http://fergusarts.org
Event Description: Flute, viola, harp - from Brooklyn. An "On Stage "concert.  A Center for the Arts 736-5453 Tickets: Adults $25 plus a $1 sustainability fee, Children & Students $5 plus a $1 sustainability fee.
April 30 Salad Supper Maine
St James Catholic Church at Maine (West of Jct Co Rds 45 & 74; East of Jct of Co Rds 35 & 74) 4:30 to 6:30 pm, $7.50, children 6 -12 $3, under 5 free.
 
May 1 FF Community Prayer Breakfast
6:45 am to 8 am Crossroads Church (629 E Channing Ave) Fergus Falls. -Part of the National Day of Prayer. Guest presenter: Holly Hoffman, author of “Your Winner Within.” She was a contestant on Survivor Nicaragua Season 21. Tickets $7 and available at FF Chamber, Security State Bank, or any Noon Kiwanis Club member.
 
May 1 Salad Luncheon & Bake Sale FF
First Lutheran Church(402 S Court) Fergus Falls Annual Salad Luncheon and Bake. Proceeds go to the PioneerCare Chapel Fund, global and local missions.
 
May 1st Little Black Dress Event –
 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8
Tickets can be purchased at the Fergus Falls United Way office, Gate City Bank, or from any Unite Way board member. All proceeds to benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program for Children from birth to 5 years old in Otter Tail County. Social hour begins at 6pm.Silent & Live Auction,
Heavy Hors D' Oeuvres, Illusionist, Jazz band, Cash Bar Available
May 1 Open Mic Night @ The Spot
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM The 1st Thursday of every month is Open Mic Night at The Spot. Local & regional musicians perform live in the back room. 220 W Lincoln, Free
May 2 Golden Years Prom Pelican Rapids
Pelican Rapids School Gym 1 to 3 pm. Al Siegle performing, refreshments available.
May 1 – 3 Fergus Falls City Wide Rummage Sale
Watch for ads and signs
May 3 Sixteen Feet of Fun Giveway
Willy T’s of Thumper Pond Ottertail
 
May 3 Pelican Rapids Death Café        
We might ask what is a Death Café? Death café is merely a gathering of folks to talk about death and dying. We will gather around a table, nibble on a roll, sip some coffee and share experiences, confess fears and ponder all the whys related to death and dying.
This isn’t therapy. This isn’t a support group. The purpose is to become comfortable talking about death. Unfortunately, we as a society don’t often talk about such things.
We hope to honestly and openly share ideas. We don’t say we have all the answers. Rather our gathering will offer people space to talk, listen, reflect and draw their own conclusions.
Jeff McCracken and Don Rapske will host the first Death Café at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Welcome Place, 26 West Mill in Pelican Rapids. Other Cafes will also be held on May 17 and 31 as needs arise. There is no charge but donations are accepted. Call 218-257-4407 to register.
 
May 3 Grant Co Expo & Fun Fest Wendell
9 am to noon at the Wendell Comm Center, Fire Hall and under the Big Tent. Local clubs & organizations with information booths, door prizes & give aways. Bring fire extinguishers for a free inspection & learn the correct way to use them. Music in the gazebo, big rigs, fun jumper, free books for kids.
 
May 3 Dart Tournament North of FF
Wee Villa Lodge (Co Rd 27 to Long Lake about 4 miles north of Fergus Falls) Dart Tournament Blind Draw 501/Cricket $10 entry fee 125% pay back. Registration 5 pm, start time 5:30.
 
May 3 Benefit for Shianne (Johnson)Stull in Downer, MN
“May Day for Shianne” Carvinval games 1 -4 pm, Auction 1 -6 pm, Pulled pork, coleslaw, chips & cake for free will offering. Held at the Mainline Bar & Grill Downer, MN  corner of Co Rd 10 & Hwy 8, take exit 15 on I94.
 
May 3 School Proms
Ashby, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Frazee/Vergas, Herman/Norcross, Hillcrest, Menahga, Pelican Rapids, Perham, Wadena/Deer Creek, Wahpeton, West Central Area, Wheaton.
May 4 Walk MS: Fergus Falls
M-State Check in noon to 2 pm.  Choice of walking inside or outdoors. Website: http://www.mymswalk.org Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. This community event raises critical funds to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. It is an experience unlike any other — a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections. Join friends, family and your community and walk to create a world free of MS. For more information and to register, visit myMSwalk.org.
 
 
May 6th Perham Day of Caring  (United Way)
On May 6th (Perham) and May 12th (Pelican Rapids), local high schools students will go out into their communities and do outdoor projects for Senior Citizens, Veterans, and people who may have a special circumstance that prevents them from doing their yard work (an illness, injury, or special need).  Projects will include raking lawns, cleaning out gardens, trimming hedges, and other outdoor projects as needed. The projects will start at 8:45am and go until 11:30am. If you  would like to volunteer for this event, or have a project that you would like completed at your home, please call 218-770-9406 or download an application the United Way website.
 May 6 Wine Walk Wahpeton/Breckenridge
The Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce will be offering a “Wine Walk”. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 5 - 8pm. During this event, guests will tour the many businesses, sampling wine or non-alcoholic beverages and tasting hors d’ oeuvres while doing some shopping. Each guest will be given a commemorative wine glass and a passport with a purchase of a ticket. Passports will be stamped by the different participating businesses. When filled out, they will be entered into the drawing! Tickets will be sold for $10.00 in advanced and $12.00 day of event. Ticket sale will be limited to 100 tickets. If you have any questions feel free to call the Chamber Office at 642-8744.

Franson Sued for Defamation by Ex-boyfriend
2-24-14
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) - A state lawmaker from Alexandria is being sued for defamation by an ex-boyfriend whom she has accused of threatening and stalking her.
The lawsuit by McLeod County Republican Party chairman Eric Harpel claims his reputation was ruined by statements Rep. Mary Franson of Alexandria made in a court petition seeking a restraining order.
Harpel says Franson falsely accused him of stalking and threatening her and sending her lewd emails, text messages, photos and videos. The lawsuit also claims Franson illegally accessed and deleted Harpel's emails. KFGO radio reports Harpel is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
Franson told a Fargo radio station in an email that she's optimistic that Harpel's complaint will be dismissed.


Paperboard Contest Winner Announced
4-23-14
The Otter Tail County Recycling was overwhelmed by the participation in the Recycle, Reduce and Reuse paperboard collection competition.  Eleven classrooms of students from Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, New York Mills and Underwood took part.  All of them collected paperboard from 50 or more households or businesses.
This is Zach Fjestad: “So the kids have done great….I love the teachers that participate in this, they grabbed this and run. But I want to thank the participates too, everybody in the community because all the community members because all the community I hear about dropped their paperboard off at the schools.”
Every class met the threshold and will receive a trip to the recycling center and transfer station in Fergus Falls.  The grand prize winner of a trip to the Mall of America, the recycler of the year, was won my Jon Moe’s class in Pelican Rapids. 

Renaming Ceremony Held for Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building
4-22-14
Judge Edward J Devitt was famously known for saying “There are no unimportant cases.”  The federal courthouse in Fergus Falls was renamed in his honor today (Tuesday.)  Federal judges, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representative Collin Peterson and other dignitaries were on hand today for the dedication.
Both Klobuchar and Peterson joked that during grid-lock in Washington D. C. it was nice to be able to get something passed. 


Memory blocks for Angel of Hope Park by May 1
4-23-14
May 1st is the deadline to order new memory blocks for the Angel of Hope Park in Perham.  Each spring and fall, new memory blocks are added to the walls in the park.  The names are those of children of all ages.  The Angel of Hope Park is a special place to remember the lives of children.  Order forms are available at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce

Lakes Area Community Band Concert April 27 in Detroit Lakes
4-23-14
The Lakes Area Community Band will celebrate the arrival of spring with a 4:00 p.m. concert on Sunday, April 27th at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.   Now in its 8th year, the band includes talented musicians from the community who perform classic wind band compositions, spirited marches and music from Broadway musicals.   

Daddy Daughter Dance at Perham Center for the Arts April 26
4-23-14
Meet Miss Perham and Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen at the Daddy/Daughter Dance at the Perham Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 to p.m.  Uncles and Grandpas are also welcome to enjoy music and dancing and refreshments.  Tickets are $10 a couple or $15 per family.  All proceeds from the event benefit the Perham Pageants Scholarship Fund.  Tickets are available at the door

Coyote Wanders into Fargo Mall; Safely Released
4-23-14
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Animal control officials in Fargo released a coyote back into the wild after the animal found its way into a local mall.
A worker at West Acres Mall noticed the coyote Tuesday afternoon in a back corridor used for employee access and deliveries. The animal limped in through a back door and laid down.
Animal control officers determined the coyote had a non-serious paw injury, and later released it.
Mall Property Manager Chris Heaton told that it's rare for any animal to find its way into the mall, much less a coyote. He quipped: "Spring fashions are here, so maybe he was just looking for a new outfit."


Deer Creek Robbery Reported
4-22-14
A robbery reported at a convenience store in Deer Creek last (Monday) night.  The clerk, who was working alone at the Deer Creek Express, called 911 around 8:30 Monday evening to report the robbery.
Detective Sergeant Greg Seim:  “ Came in, ski masked up, as far we could tell was a white male, demanded the cash from the cash register…came on foot, left on foot.”
A canine was called to track to the robber without success. They believe the suspect is a white male, average build. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, jeans, tennis shoes. He pulled a black facemask on and was wearing camo gloves. He left headed toward Hwy 29.  No weapon was shown. He left with cash. The sheriff’s office is investigating. They ask that anyone that saw a man walking in the area or might have other leads to give them a call. 218 998 8555.


550 Cited for Texting and Driving During Crackdown
4-22-14
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says law enforcement officers across Minnesota cited 550 people for texting while driving during a recent 10-day crackdown on distracted driving. 
The enhanced enforcement campaign by more than 400 departments this month also netted nearly 1,400 citations for failing to wear a seat belt and more than 400 citations and arrests for driving with a revoked or suspended license. 
State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says some drivers think they can multi-task. Besides texting, Roeske says drivers were distracted by shaving, applying makeup, reading newspapers, using their laptops and eating.  
DPS says distracted driving contributed to about 17,500 crashes last year. Sixty-eight people lost their lives and more than 8,000 were injured. 

Fireworks Goal Met for Fergus Falls
4-22-14
There will be a fireworks show in Fergus Falls to celebrate the 4th of July this year.
A fund raising effort was started by Affinity Plus Credit Union.  Nick Mariotti announced to council that they have met their goal. They had $8000 and received a two-thousand dollar donation from Life Church, putting the fund at $10,000.
They had some fun raising the money.  Penny wars with jars were in their lobby. The one with the most money will be duct-taped to a boulevard tree.  Mariotti won this honor and his tree taping will be in May.
The city has to sign the contract with the pyrotechnics company. No location has been selected yet, but the fairgrounds was discussed as a possible site for the show. They are still raising money with a new goal of 15 thousand dollars.  Mariotti says any money raised over that goal would be carried over for next year.