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“Santa’s Four Little Elves -- DeWayne, Dick and David Hovde, and Junior Alm. The first three are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Hovde of just north of River Falls, and Alm is a foster son. The boys are shown with some of the many toys they have been repairing, reconditioning and painting to give away to needy families and to children in the mentally retarded home at Chippewa Falls.” (Dec. 5, 1963, Journal file photo)

Days Gone By: Santa's little helpers

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DEC. 5, 1963 A story and photo appeared in the Dec. 5, 1963 River Falls Journal about four River Falls boys who found a different way to celebrate Christmas.


“About three years ago the boys decided to fix up some of their old toys to sell to raise some money. Then they decided it would be nicer in the Christmas spirit to give the toys away to needy children.

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