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Northland Steps Up: B&B Market’s food train gets surprise donation

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CLOQUET, MN -- "It's just been unbelievable, the community stepping up to this thing," said B&B Market owner John Lind.

A month into the food train at his Cloquet market, he continues to be amazed by his community's generosity.

They give him money so he can give away groceries.

"Over Easter we did over 250 bags right here out of the store," said Lind.

But last week there was one donation that really surprised Lind, because it wasn't money.

"Who would've thought someone was going to donate a trailer to this cause," said Lind.

A trailer from an old friend who lives and works right up the road.

"I knew him back in the day when we were both delivering groceries," said Pine River Sales owner Mark Osvold.

After hearing his friend was piling hundreds of bags of groceries into his personal van and delivering to folks in need, Osvold used his trailer dealership to help.

"I told Johnny, I said you take this trailer," said Osvold. "Actually I sold it to him for a dollar."

"He shows up with this trailer," said Lind. "He says I need a dollar. Use it to haul their groceries."

And it has done just that, already hitting the road for one trip of special deliveries, with another coming Tuesday.

"We are going out tomorrow to some elderly places we found out need help," said Lind.

Yet another act of Cloquet community kindness to help the food train keep chugging along.

"Perfect little trailer. Couldn't ask for nothing better," said Lind.

Lind says about 450 people have now given more than $57,000.

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