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MnDOT gives to hospice

The lucky winner of this year's quilt is Paul Leegard. Dana Hanson, MnDOT public relations officer is shown with quiltmaker Teresa Elkin after drawing Leegard's name.

Keeping our highways plowed is not the only thing the employees at the Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety have focused on in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, employees of MnDOT, State Patrol and Driver & Vehicle Services hosted their 14th annual Hospice Holiday Charity Potluck.

More than 90 current and former employees donated a variety of items, many of them handmade. This year's donations included home baked goodies, handcrafted items and woodworking pieces.

A very special entry is always a handmade quilt, crafted by Teresa Elkin in memory of her father-in-law, E.E. Elkin. Teresa's father-in-law passed away in 2000 under the care of hospice services in Iowa. She calls her annual quilt donation a "labor of love" and a way to honor his memory. It is also a way to show appreciation of the "Hospice angels" who provided care for him.

Bob Kotaska and Trudy Kordosky organize the annual charity potluck. This year, $1,260 was raised, bringing the grand total over the years to $11,221.

For information on Hospice services, call 847-9493.