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According to Trinity Lutheran’s Marti Peterson, children put the first bricks on the house as part of the kick-off on the first Sunday of the Challenge as the council members contributed enough for them to each be able to put on a brick. During Sunday School, they made little house banks that are on the tables to collect loose change. They all received hard hats a couple of Sundays later for their construction work.They are also making flowers for the house. (Submitted photo)

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The Little Red Shovel Challenge may not be as old a rivalry as the decades old Little Brown Jug exchange between the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota football teams, but it’s equally as important in its own right.

Pastor Mike Briggs of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond said the Little Red Shovel Challenge began four years ago when he received a gift from Pastor Emil Evenson, who founded Trinity and Cross Lutheran Church in Roberts in 1972.

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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