Sixty square dancers and spectators from North Dakota and Minnesota gathered at the Waubun Community Center on Sunday, April 7, for the 27th annual "Northern Minnesota Square Dance for Heart" benefit.

A total of $2,755 was collected and donated to the American Heart Association from the dance donations, silent auction and dinner; the latter was provided by Pappy's Cafe of Waubun.

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Jessica Lundgren, youth marketing director for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association(AHA/ASA), based in Grand Forks, N.D., was on hand to accept the donation.

The dance leaders donate their time for the benefit. Callers and cuers for this year's event were emcee Charley Huhtala, Grand Forks; Mark Helfter, Fargo; and Roger and Bernadette McNeil, Fargo.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Lakeside Lodge, Detroit Lakes donated $300. The presentation was made by Bob and Dorothy Hoover and Adeline Sherbrooke, square dancers and members of the IOOF Lodge.

Other donations from local businesses included: $100 from Med-Pac, Inc., Lake Park; $100 from West Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes; $75 from State Bank of Lake Park; and $50 from Bell Bank, Hawley. In addition to the checks many businesses and individuals across the region donated items for the silent auction. The support of all those donors is greatly appreciated.

Event chairmen were Audrey Boyd, Verndale; Bob and Dorothy Hoover, Detroit Lakes; Charley and Wanda Huhtala, Grand Forks; and Duane and Pat Olson, Lake Park.

Funds generated from the Square Dance for Heart event will support the AHA/ASA mission to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The AHA/ASA funds cardiovascular disease research to improve the lives of men, women and children all over North Dakota and Minnesota. In the past two years the American Heart Association has allocated almost $14.5 million for research studies in North Dakota and Minnesota.