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Kwik Trip to donate $5,000 for local police dep. to purchase new K9

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DULUTH, MN-- Kwik Trip Convenience Store officials spent Thursday morning making a $5,000 donation to the Northland K9 Foundation.

The donation will help the Duluth Police Department purchase a new K9.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Duluth Police Department for their service and to provide a donation that will positively impact our community," said Bridget Field, Kwik Trip district leader.

DPD recently lost K9 Luna during an officer-involved shooting in February and while they're still reeling from that loss, they need to fill the hole she left and find a new K9.

"It really was a significant loss for our organization, and for the community," said Police Chief Mike Tusken.

Luna's former handler Officer Aaron Haller said the donation and support from the community means they can continue their work with other dogs.

"We wouldn't have the number of dogs we do, the training we're able to go through all that," said Haller. "You can't really put it into words how beneficial it is."

Chief Tusken said a K9 can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $20,0000.

"It's a substantial investment for us to not only acquire it but also to train it," said Tusken. "We do all our training down in St. Paul which requires us to room and board with them for about 12 weeks."

Kwik Trip officials said it's all about helping the community in a time when they need it most.

The Duluth Police is in the early stages of finding a new K9.

The K9 Northland Foundation is also helping the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office find a new dog as they lost K9 Wesson earlier this week due to cancer.

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Emma Quinn

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