MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine North Dakota communities are
planning train's a-comin' parties the second week of December to gather
donations for food banks and food pantries and await the arrival of Canadian
Pacific Railway's lighted Holiday Train.
Decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, the 11-car train will carry
five musicians, Santa and a few helpers as it makes its way for the second
year from Chicago to tiny Portal, N.D., on the Canadian border.
At each of the 27 scheduled stops in the Midwest stops, selected food
banks and food pantries will collect nonperishable food items and cash, which
will remain in these communities to help people in need.
In North Dakota, the train will stop in Hankinson and Enderlin on Thursday
night, Dec. 12. On Friday, Dec. 13, it will visit Valley City, Carrington,
Fessenden and Harvey. Stops in Minot, Kenmare and Portal on Saturday, Dec.
14, will round out the train's goodwill journey. (Times and locations are
listed later in this news release.)
To promote the events, North Dakota towns are considering a variety of
activities, including a free-will offering chili feed, a "snowball" dance, a
radio station pledge drive, sleigh and horse-drawn wagon rides, food
collections by downtown merchants, serving free refreshments and providing
Meanwhile, another Holiday Train will travel across Canada from Montreal
to Vancouver, raising food, money and awareness for hunger relief. Together,
the two trains will visit more than 75 communities in Canada and the United
States. The Holiday Train program has helped raise 73 tons of food and nearly
$900,000 (Cdn) for food banks since it began in 1991 in Canada.
Entertainment will be a new feature of the Midwest Holiday Train this
year. Musicians Randall Prescott, Tracey Brown, Patricia Conroy and Bob and
Clint Moffatt will perform holiday songs from a General Electric-built stage
car, a converted boxcar equipped with speakers and lighting, or from the back
platform of a vintage private railcar.
Santa and his helpers will distribute train whistles and lollipops at each
Both GE and IMC Global are sponsors of the U.S. Holiday Train.
The U.S. Holiday Train will start in Scranton, Penn., on Dec. 3 and make
several stops in New York and Ontario before heading to Detroit. From there,
the Holiday Train will travel to Chicago where it will begin the Midwest leg
of the journey Dec. 8.
In North Dakota, the schedule is:
Thursday, Dec. 12
Hankinson -- 7:20-8:10 p.m. -- Site of old CPR Depot. Stage car show from
7:30-7:50 p.m. Local contact: Julie Falk, Hankinson Commercial Club,
701-242-7414. To benefit: Richland-Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry in Wahpeton,
N.D. Contact: Karen Stroklund, 701-642-5848.
Enderlin -- 9:20-10 p.m. -- Parking lot by the new yard office. Kiddie
Train rides. Stage car show from 9:30-10 p.m. Local contact: Tamra
Kriedeman, community affairs advocate, 701-437-2877. To benefit Ransom County
Food Pantry. Contact: Barb Nord, 701-683-4589.
Friday, Dec. 13
Valley City -- 4:00-4:50 p.m. -- By the LaFarge plant in North Valley by
County Road 19. Stage car show from 4:15-4:35 p.m. Local contact: Ray
Morrell, Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, 701-845-1891. To benefit
Barnes County Food Pantry. Contact: Lorilee Buelow, 701-845-4300.
Carrington -- 6:30-7:15 p.m. -- Former depot at 6th Ave. North. Stage car
show from 6:45-7:05 p.m. Local contact: Laurie Dietz, Carrington Area Chamber
of Commerce, 701-652-2524. To benefit Foster County Food Pantry. Contact:
Mavis Larsen, 701-652-3257.
Fessenden -- 7:45-8:05 p.m. -- Main Street at the former depot.
Performance from back platform of private car from 7:45-7:55 p.m. Local
contact: Mark Hovland of Fessenden Co-op, 701-547-3291. To benefit Harvey
Martin Ministerial Food Pantry. Contact: Joleen Swang, 701-324-4678.
Harvey -- 9:30-10:15 p.m. -- Depot at 600 Lincoln Ave. Stage car show
from 9:45-10:15 p.m. Kiddie Train rides. Local contact: Joleen Swang,
701-324-4678. To benefit Harvey Martin Ministerial Food Pantry. Contact
Saturday, Dec. 14
Minot -- 5-6 p.m. -- North side of tracks at Old Soo Depot/Transportation
Museum, 15 N. Main. Stage car show from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Local contact: Joanne
Sauer of the Downtown Business and Professional Association, 701-852-2110. To
benefit Minot Area Homeless Coalition. Contact: Niels Anderson, 701-857-8500.
Kenmare -- 7:30-7:50 p.m. -- Former depot at Central Ave. South.
Performance from 7:30-7:40 p.m. from back platform of private car. Local
contact: Becky Kostad, Kenmare Association of Commerce, 701-385-4857. To
benefit Kenmare Food Pantry. Contact: Sandy Nelson, 701-385-4238.
Portal/North Portal, Sask. -- 8:45-9:35 p.m. -- Near border, Railway Ave.
Stage car show from 9-9:20 p.m. Local contacts: Portal Mayor Mary Ann
Anderson, 701-926-4701, and North Portal Mayor Scott MacDonald, 306-927-2020.
To benefit Powers Lake (N.D.) Food Pantry and the Estevan (Sask.) Christmas
Hamper Association. Contact: Donna Frederickson, 701-464-5630, for Powers
Lake. Contact Rev. David Holmes or secretary Gwen Curzon of St. Giles
Anglican Church in Estevan, 306-634-4113.
Canadian Pacific Railway is North America's first transcontinental railway
and is the only transcontinental carrier with direct service to the U.S.
Eastern Seaboard. CPR's 14,000-mile network serves the principal centers of
Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver, as well as the U.S. Midwest and Northeast.
CPR's track feeds directly into the Chicago hub from the East and West coasts.
Alliances with other carriers extend CPR's market reach beyond its own network
and into the major business centers of Mexico.
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