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A white ribbon on the little red shovel reads: "Cross Lutheran Church, May 6, 1973."

Little Red Shovel held hostage by local church

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A little red shovel has sparked a friendly competition between two local churches.

The little red shovel has a history with both the Cross Lutheran Church in Roberts and Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond.


During an open house on September 19, 2010, the people of Trinity received a gift from Rev. Emil Evenson. The gift was a little red shovel that Evenson said was used at Trinity's groundbreaking in 1973.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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