Albert Lea bell ringer, two others ring in a new record - Bring Me The News

Albert Lea bell ringer, two others ring in a new record

Author:
Updated:
Original:

He did it!

The Albert Lea Tribune reports that the Salvation Army’s national bell-ringing competition ended in a three-way tie on Saturday evening. A determined ringer in Albert Lea joined two other marathoners to set a new record--105 hours of ringing the bell to raise money for the Salvation Army.

KAAL in Austin reported that Captain Jim Brickson of Albert Lea began his quest over a red Salvation Army kettle at the Northbridge Mall at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. He and bell ringers in California and Texas agreed to put down their bells at the same time. The trio beat the previous world record of 80 hours.

Brickson posted via Twitter he was honored to share the record with the other two men.

In 2011, the inaugural year, The Salvation Army World Record Bell Ringing Contest hit a record of 60 hours. In 2012, the record hit 80 hours.

Brickson enjoyed a steady stream of visitors, including groups who come by specifically for a picture with him, while he kept going. He set a financial goal of $35,000 for the marathon venture.

The Salvation Army in Minnesota has struggled with donations this holiday season, although the anonymous donor known as "St. Grand" has again appeared to drop ten hundred dollar bills in red kettles around town, with four separate donations of a thousand dollars.

Next Up

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.

CrispAndGreenPhoto

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.

cheers-2636510_1280

Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.

covid saliva test

St. Cloud gets Minnesota's 6th COVID-19 saliva testing site

Four more sites are expected to open in the Twin Cities in the coming weeks.

burnsville center

Part of Burnsville Center is being auctioned off

More than 500,000 square feet of the mall is being auctioned off.

State Capitol

Elections 2020: Control of Minnesota's divided Legislature is up for grabs

Redistricting and responding to COVID-19 are among the issues the new legislature will have to deal with.

ambulance

Rochester woman found dead in the snow after leaving senior residence

The woman left the senior living center around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 10.43.19 AM

Investigation: Sprinklers could have saved 5 killed in Minneapolis high-rise fire

The deadly fire broke out at the Cedar-Riverside apartment block last November.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 27

Hospitalizations continue to rise quickly in Minnesota.

Related

Man says Salvation Army bell-ringer berated him for not giving

A man shopping in the Twin Cities says he'll never give to the charity again after a bell-ringer harassed him as he left a store. The Salvation Army tells the Star Tribune that, if it can substantiate the man's report, it will make sure the offender never rings the bell again.

U.S. Bank partners with Salvation Army to develop bell ringer app

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, parent company of U.S. Bank, and the Salvation Army have teamed up to create a new iPhone app that lets volunteers sign up for bell-ringing time slots at 400 Twin Cities kettles this holiday season, according to a company news release.

Decomposing body found in Albert Lea

A decomposing body was found in Albert Lea’s Garden Villa subdivision Saturday afternoon, according to Albert Lea police. The identity is not known and no details about the age or gender were released. The cause of death was also unknown Sunday.