The "red" kettles from the Salvation Army are visible this time of year throughout Central Minnesota. Major Mike Parker from the St. Cloud Salvation Army joined me on WJON. He says they are about a quarter toward their financial goal for the season. He says the kettle goal is $200,000 and they just went over $50,000.
Central Minnesota is about to experience a weekend of dangerously cold weather. Fortunately, the number of walk-in centers providing warmth and safety for people experiencing homelessness has grown in recent years and months.