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Photos and video: Getting ready for red kettles with the Duluth Salvation Army's Civic Luncheon

Over 100 people attended the Duluth Salvation Army's Civic Luncheon at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth on Friday, November 12, 2021. The luncheon, which was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is an annual fundraiser that helps launch their red kettle season and food and toy drive. The 2021 red kettle season begins Saturday, November 13 and wraps up December 24 as shoppers at multiple locations will hear bells ringing every day except on Sundays and Thanksgiving. The kettle goal for 2021 is to raise $220,000 to help those in need. For more details on how to donate and volunteer with the Duluth Salvation Army, visit www.DuluthSA.org.

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Lil' Sal, a large version of a Salvation Army red kettle, sits on a trailer outside of the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth Friday, November 12, 2021 for the Duluth Salvation Army's Civic Luncheon. Lil' Sal is displayed at special events. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Duluth Salvation Army Business Administrator Kristy Eckart poses while holding a bell for the red kettles at the Duluth Salvation Army’s Civic Luncheon Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. The red kettle season begins Saturday, November 13 and wraps up on Friday, December 24. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Kris Mallett, coordinator of the Duluth Salvation Army's Rookie Basketball Association, right, dishes up a plate at the Duluth Salvation Army’s Civic Luncheon Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. Through the window in the background, Lil' Sal can be seen. Lil' Sal is a large version of a red kettle that is on display at special events. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Nancy Leslies, Emergency Services Supervisor with the Duluth Salvation Army, looks for a name tag while signing in guests at the Duluth Salvation Army’s Civic Luncheon Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Tony Bronson, Director of the Bentleyville Board of Director, was the keynote speaker at the Duluth Salvation Army’s Civic Luncheon Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. Bentleyville is the official drop-off location for new unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items for the Duluth Salvation Army. Items collected at Bentleyville are distributed to families in need. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Cyndi Frick, Development Director with the Duluth Salvation Army, left, poses with WDIO News Anchor Renee Passal during the Duluth Salvation Army’s Civic Luncheon Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Kjell Knudsen, Duluth Salvation Army Advisory Board chair, served as the master of ceremonies for the Duluth Salvation Army’s Civic Luncheon Friday, November 12, 2021 at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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2021 marked the first civic luncheon for the Duluth Salvation Army since 2019 as the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 100 people attended the luncheon at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth on Friday, November 12, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

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Red kettles were part of the table displays at the Duluth Salvation Army's Civic Luncheon at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth Friday, November 12, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Dan Williamson joined the Duluth News Tribune in June 2021 where he's involved in digital content such as video, photos and podcasts. Previously, he worked in television broadcasting as a Sports Director/Anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Sports Director/Anchor in Bismarck, N.D., News and Sports Anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, and Reporter/Photographer/Editor with the syndicated show "Life to the Max" in Eden Prairie. He was also the Development Director for the Duluth Salvation Army. Williamson grew up in Alexandria, graduated from St. Cloud State University and has lived in Duluth since 2012.
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