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Pastor Tim Rice speaks to attendees about the importance of having a homeless shelter in the Detroit Lakes community. (Brian Basham/Tribune)

Shelter fundraiser is well attended: Helping the homeless

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A new homeless shelter for men will likely open in Detroit Lakes by the end of next summer and so far, fundraising has been a success.

"Compassion House" will be a branch of The Refuge that will house 20 to 25 beds for homeless men in the area.

On Thursday, nearly 200 people attended the first fundraiser at the Holiday Inn, where about $7,200 was raised in addition to more private donations.

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