Woman leaves $140,000 to small Minn. fire department

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A small-town fire department in southeastern Minnesota is in much better shape after receiving its largest donation ever, the Winona Daily News reports.

Ninety-nine-year-old Eleanor Sanford, a Dakota, Minn. native, left behind $140,000 for the Dakota Fire Department when she passed away in September.

Fire Chief Scott Hoeg says the donation is almost equal to eight years of the department's operating budget. The money will most likely go to purchasing a new fire truck with Sanford's name on the front.

The gift is no surprise to those who knew Sanford. Over the years, she developed a reputation for her big heart and giving back to the community.

According to her obituary, Sanford was also a long-time member of Riverside United Methodist Church in Dakota where she held several church offices and taught Sunday school for 25 years.

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