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As last crash victim laid to rest, town overwhelms with cupcakes

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COTTONWOOD, Minn. (AP) - Faced with one of the worst tragedies imaginable, this small southwestern Minnesota town responded by making cupcakes. A lot of cupcakes.

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A school bus crash last week resulted in the deaths of four students at Lakeview Public School. The last of four funerals, for 12-year-old Reed Stevens, was held Thursday at the school with at least 1,000 people in attendance.

Prior to the first funerals on Sunday, volunteers were asked to bring about two dozen cupcakes each to Christ Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. Word quickly spread through the town, and organizers quickly realized they had a massive surplus.

Marilyn Jarcho, head cook at Lakeview School who helped coordinate food, said that after funerals on Sunday and Monday that drew about 1,000 and 1,500 people respectively, there were still more than 2,000 cupcakes left over.

"I call it a cupcake miracle," volunteer Anne Isaackson said.

Some families got their kids involved with baking and decorating, said Judy Anderson of Cottonwood, and one family alone brought in 150 cupcakes.

"It was the entire community," Anderson said. "The need for people to do something I think is just overwhelming."

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