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Solon Springs Thanksgiving meal open to all

Participants can dine in or fill up a plate to carry out.

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The 14th annual Solon Cares Thanksgiving meal will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 25, in the Solon Springs Community Center, 11523 S. Business Highway 53.

The meal of turkey with all the trimmings is free. Participants can dine in or fill a plate to carry out. Everyone is welcome. In past years, people have driven from Duluth and as far away as Eau Claire to enjoy the Thanksgiving bounty in Solon Springs.

“We don’t care where you’re from. If you have a reason to be there, be there,” said organizer Melissa Taylor.

Early birds are more likely to get every option, however.

“The thing I run out of every year is sweet potatoes,” Taylor said.

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She and a group of volunteers plan to roast 120 pounds of turkey, enough to fill about 200 plates. It’s a seasonal event that’s become a tradition.

After more than a decade, Taylor said, it fills a need.

“Every year I think about retiring,” she said, but every October people start peppering her with questions about the meal. “Because people need it, people want it and a few people count on it.”

The Thanksgiving crowd has changed over the years. Participants in early years were mostly the elderly. Today they are just as likely to be families with young children. After providing drive-thru service at last year’s meal, Taylor is looking forward to seeing people from all walks of life gather together at tables again.

“That’s my favorite part,” she said.

Hunters are welcome, but are asked to clean up before attending.

There will be no home deliveries. Participants are welcome to fill a plate to deliver to someone who they know is homebound. Leftovers will be given to Solid Rock Mission or the Ruth House in Superior.

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