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The chilly below-zero weather didn't deter 7-year-old Ravyn Swanson.

On Jan. 19, Ravyn was up bright and early in her Girl Scout Brownie uniform. She had one goal in mind: to sell 200 boxes of cookies.

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"Her goal last year was to sell 175 boxes; she ended up selling 404 boxes," said Melissa Swanson, her troop leader - and mother.

Using her business savvy, Ravyn saw opportunity in the bitterly cold weather.

"She said, 'Mom, no one else will be out selling since it's so cold.' She really likes to sell," Swanson said.

Ravyn is just one of approximately 100 New Richmond Girl Scouts selling cookies, from first grade Brownies to 11th grade Seniors. The cookies cost $3.50/box, and eight different kinds are available.

New this year are the Lemon Chalet Cremes and Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip cookies. These, in addition to the standard Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Trefoils, Tag-alongs, and All Abouts, are offered.

According to Julie Lindberg, cookie coordinator, the Girl Scouts will still have a cookie booth at the end of February. The location is still to be determined.

The girls will be taking cookie orders until Feb. 8.

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