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Boy Sells Kool-Aid to Raise $670,000 for Public Pool

June 22, 1991

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) _ Jon Lovseth is disappointed that the community pool was shut down, and he isn’t relying on adults to fund a new one.

The 10-year-old and a dozen friends are selling Kool-Aid to raise a few bucks - and eyebrows.

Jon figures his group probably won’t be able to raise all the money needed to pay for a new pool. ″At least I know I’m helping,″ he said.

The old pool was pronounced unsafe by the state and torn out this spring. A vote is upcoming on a bond issue to help pay for a $670,000 pool, but Jon isn’t taking chances.

He and fellow members of ″Youth for the Pool″ are selling Kool-Aid at the local park during baseball games. They’ve also put hand-colored donation containers in businesses.

″Some days are good, and some days we don’t make so much,″ Jon said. ″But a lot of people say, ’Keep the change, it’s for the pool.‴

″We didn’t expect this from the kids,″ said Marie Mettler, superintendent of the park district in the central North Dakota town of 7,500. ″We always look for support from the adults in the community. To have the kids come forth and do this for us is really exciting.″

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