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Forum staff reports, Published January 30 2013

Fargo Salvation Army sets record with 2012 Red Kettle Campaign, beating goal by almost $100,000

FARGO – The Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign here set a record, officials said this morning.

During the more than two month bell-ringing campaign, $911,875.37 was raised, said 2012 Campaign Chairwoman Margie Bailly.

“That 37 cents is very important,” Bailly joked during a news conference.

Bailly said 4,312 volunteers put in 10,780 bell-ringing hours across the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Maj. Harold Baugh, the interim Salvation Army captain, said the organization hoped to raise $825,000.

Last year, $877,000 was raised through the campaign, which supports Salvation Army programs and operations.

Baugh said the money will all be used locally.

This is Baugh’s third tenure as captain of the Salvation Army. He was called to serve as interim captain after Bill and Ann Mealy transferred to a Salvation Army post in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Baugh said he hopes to have a permanent captain in place at the Fargo Salvation Army by July 1.