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Children collected cash and a healthy treat for turning in their surplus Halloween candy at River Falls Area Hospital.

Buyback collects 181 pounds of Halloween candy

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RIVER FALLS--Halloween, kids and candy may go together, but tooth decay and cavities don’t need to follow.

That was the message at River Falls Area Hospital’s fourth annual Halloween candy buyback on Nov. 1. The hospital partnered with the River Falls Medical Clinic and Main Street Family Dental to offer local youth the opportunity to unload some of their surplus Halloween candy.

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Participating children left the event with cash in their pocket--$1.50 per pound of candy traded in, up to $4.50 per child--and a healthy snack donated by Maple Leaf Orchard. A total of 181 pounds of candy were collected and will be shipped to troops overseas.

“Halloween candy can be part of a healthy diet, but should be consumed in moderation,” said Heather Logelin, Allina Health’s director of community engagement in Western Wisconsin. “This event helps families to get some of the surplus candy out of the house, and also reminds them of the importance of preventive dental care.”

Healthcare providers volunteering at the event included: Michael McFarland, DDS; Sarah Bogel, DDS; and Michael Tiffany, DO, OB/GYN.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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