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A 'Uniform' look for volunteers

First-time Salvation Army volunteer bell ringers, Mark Gazelka and his youngest son Caleb, 18, wore World War II-era dress uniforms Friday as they stood outside Marketplace Foods in Bemidji and talked to Brian Krause, a Vietnam veteran, as he donated. There's also a personal significance for wearing the uniforms: three of Caleb's older brothers have all served in Iraq while in the U.S. Army. Mark and Caleb wore the uniforms to honor them and all other veterans, Mark said. The elder Gazelka said the money the Salvation Army Service Unit of Beltrami County collects will go to efforts to help local needy people, including homeless shelters and providing backpacks for schoolchildren. "All of the money that's collected stays within Beltrami County," he said. (Monte Draper — Bemidji Pioneer)