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March of Dimes Jailbirds raise 18K

Dozens of people raised money for Minnesota babies this week from a March of Dimes jail in Bemidji.

The jailbirds served their time behind bars Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Hampton Inn, with food donated by Knife River Materials. The only way for the jailbirds to get out was to raise a big bail. The money raised benefits the March of Dimes' mission to help every baby have a healthy start.

The jailbirds raised more than $18,000. That total includes money raised online to date and money pledged from friends, family and co-workers. The top jailbirds were Shannon Klisch of Sam's Auto Body, who raised $1,000, and Kim Westrum of Walmart, who raised $1,468.

Jailbirds who raised more than $500 each were John Chattin, Louise Hockenson, Chris Peterson, Bruce Meade, Cindy Noren, Sandra Kuchma, Cindy Lewer and Adelyn Canfield.

The nonprofit March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Babies born too early may have more health problems at birth, and later in life.

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