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UPDATE: Goal of more than $80,000 raised in bell ringing marathon is met

Noah Weidenfeld completed his 26.2-hour Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringing marathon at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. A total of more than $80,000 was raised during the marathon. St. Croix County Sheriff's Office representatives completed 30 hours of ringing at the same time at County Market in Hudson. Submitted photo1 / 2
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office wraps up its 30 hours of Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringing at County Market in Hudson at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Submitted photo2 / 2

He did it.

New Richmond City Planning Director Noah Weidenfeld has completed his 26.2-hour bell-ringing marathon; a total of $81,748.93 was raised by the time his shift at Walmart in New Richmond ended at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. 

Members of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department were also ringing bells for 30 hours straight in front of County Market (2310 Crest View Drive) in Hudson as part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. By the time they were finished, that total had risen to $85,799.28.

"We are so excited! $85,799.28 raised in just 30 hours of bell ringing! We are so thankful for everyone who helped make this happen in St. Croix County! " said Angela Mouton, fundraising manager for Grace Place and the Salvation Army.

Wiedenfeld, a veteran of numerous actual marathons, was hoping to break last year's record-setting collection of more than $77,000. Wiedenfeld began his shift at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

"The funds raised during our annual Red Kettle Campaign are used locally to help our local friends and neighbors in need," Moulton said. "The funds raised go toward helping Grace Place Shelter and to help community members in need with heat, electric and rent assistance.

"We could not serve our homeless and others without the community support. Last year, Grace Place housed 348 individuals including many children. Your time spent ringing can ensure we have the funds needed to continue to serve those who need shelter."

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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