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The Dodge Middle School student council organized the recent penny wars, which raised more than $1,900 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Dodge Middle School students raise money for lymphoma research


Not too long ago, students at Dodge Middle School learned the power of the penny.

The DMS student council held a "penny war" Dec. 4-7, in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In penny wars, pennies cancel out silver coins and paper money. The object, student council advisor Kirsten Wallevand said, is to bring in more cash and silver coins than there are pennies.

That's sometimes easier said than done.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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