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      Preparing for Community Christmas Dinner

      Christmas is still three days away, but preparations are well underway for the Community Christmas Dinner in Marquette. The Superiorland Kiwanis has been cooking turkeys and serving up portions of cranberries for two days. The group has been doing this dinner for over 30 years.

      It's become an annual tradition for families. Fred Anderson says, "The fun part is seeing the community come together. The people that when we need some dollars or need food product, they come forward and donate it."

      They'll be serving up about 547 pounds of turkey, also mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberries, rolls and dessert.

      Some 75 Superiorland Kiwanis members help prepare and serve the food for the sit-down meal or you can have your meal delivered. They'll serve 375 meals. Anderson says the dinner has become a tradition, "Families come together on Christmas to help serve the meals and help us prepare it."

      There are a number of sponsors that make the dinner a possibe. They include Lundin Mining Corporation, Walmart, U.P. Health Partners and Reinhart Foods.

      The meal is served Christmas Day, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marquette Salvation Army on Baraga Avenue. If you'd like to order a take-out meal and have it delivered, call 225-9423. You can also volunteer, but calling that same number, 225-9423.