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MnDOT employee potluck raises $3,368 for hospice care

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.

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.

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