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Swapping parking tickets for food pantry donations

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.--For the third year in a row, the East Grand Forks Police Department will let you swap parking tickets for a donation to the food pantry.

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EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.--For the third year in a row, the East Grand Forks Police Department will let you swap parking tickets for a donation to the food pantry.

Five canned items get you off the hook.

Last year - the program raised 12,000 pounds of food.

"Parking tickets have a way of rubbing people the wrong way. I think we probably get as many complaints about parking tickets as we do about anything, and these you don't ever get a complaint, or very very few. People realize that 'Hey this isn't that big a deal' and they're helping somebody out,” East Grand Forks Police Chief Michael Hedlund said.

The swap is only eligible for tickets given for not moving cars during a snow emergency or on your calendar parking day.

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