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Minn. Town Spreads the Love to First Responders on Valentine's Day

Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

For the past two years, the Daily Grind Espresso Cafe in downtown Stillwater has been showing love to first responders by comping their coffees.

The shop's "Hero Fund" was started by customer John Greenberg who wanted to thank local paramedics, firefighters and police officers for coming to his rescue after he became ill. In May 2017, he gave Daily Grind owners Megan and Tim Palm $80 and asked them to buy coffee for as many first responders as they could until the money ran out.

When other customers and local businesses heard about the fund, they began donating, too.

But the fund is running low, and the Palms are holding a fundraiser on Valentine's Day to replenish it.

"Tim said, 'How about we show the first responders some love on Valentine's Day?" Megan Palm said. "We don't ever want them to ever have to pay (for their coffee)."

The Palms hopes to raise $6,000 for the fund.

Several local businesses, including designer Kelli Kaufer, Sanibel Dance Co., O'Neill Electric and First State Bank and Trust, are joining forces to contribute up to $3,000 in a matching grant, she said.

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