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Leif and Kristen Hemstad stand among some of the canned food items in the Fergus Falls (Minn.) Food Shelf. With them is Mary Phillipe, right, director of the Otter Tail County United Way. The second annual Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger fundraiser will help rural food shelves. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

Friends of Friends fights hunger in Fergus Falls

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FERGUS FALLS -- Leif and Kristen Hemstad walked into the Fergus Falls Food Shelf with two cardboard boxes of nonperishables. They walked out with the conviction that they needed to do more.

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In the car back home, there were tears and some strategizing. The couple decided to test a simple fundraising idea: Reach out to your friends. Ask them to do the same. Repeat.

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