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Fundraiser in Linden Hills to honor beloved hardware store dog with a statue

The late pooch was referred to as the 'unofficial mayor of Linden Hills.'

Residents in Linden Hills, Minneapolis, have been raising money to pay tribute to a furry hardware store resident who died this past fall.

Jager the dog, dubbed the "unofficial mayor of Linden Hills," was known by all who shopped at Settergren's of Linden Hills, the Ace Hardware-branded store on West 43rd Street.

He sadly died at the age of 13 in the fall, and in November a fundraiser was launched to honor the popular pooch with a public memorial statue.

So far, more than $1,500 has been raised via a GoFundMe campaign, with the fundraisers having commissioned artist Michelle Recke, who created a K9 Officer Memorial for Edina Police Department, to create a sculpture of Jager made from bronze.

The GoFundMe campaign has a goal of $9,000, with the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council having pledged an extra $1,000 when it hits that mark.

"Mark Settergren, Joe, and the entire Settergren's team are thankful for all the contributions and the outpouring of love over the loss of their special family member," the GoFundMe page says.

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