Four decades after Detroit Lakes' Damien Society members first started setting up mitten trees around town to gather mittens, hats and scarves for area children in need, the Damien Mitten Tree project is going stronger than ever.
But this year's drive, which officially started on Friday, is tinged with sadness: The project's founder and chief cheerleader, Genevieve Kwako, passed away last week after a long illness.
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