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MnDOT Employee Ben Torgerson won the raffle for a handcrafted quilt during the annual employee potluck. Funds raised were donated to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

MnDOT employee potluck raises $3,368 for hospice care

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Employees and retirees of the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and Driver & Vehicle Services in Detroit Lakes held their 17th annual holiday potluck and drawing for Hospice on Dec. 21, raising $3,368 for Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Each December, the groups transform their lunchroom into a workshop of handcrafted and home-cooked items. Proceeds from the event have raised a total of $17,656 for Hospice of the Red River Valley since the event's inception in 1995.

Trudy Kordosky, Dana Hanson and Keven Meacham organized the annual event. Current and former employees donated a variety of items for the potluck and drawing, many of them handmade.

A very special entry each year is a handmade quilt, crafted by Teresa Elkin in memory of her father-in-law, E.E. Elkin, who passed away in 2000, under the care of hospice services in Iowa. Her annual quilt donation is a way to honor his memory. Ben Torgerson, from the IT Department at MnDOT, was this year's winner of the beautiful quilt. Ann Boen also made and donated a quilt in honor of Eugene Meyer, Ann's late father. Joe Gravelle, from hydraulics at MnDOT, won this quilt.

Hospice of the Red River Valley is an independent, not-for-profit hospice serving all or portions of 29 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. For more information, call 800-237-4629 or e-mail questions@hrrv.org.

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