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Brittany Vander Bill of Kandiyohi, left, wraps gift baskets Saturday with Sally Hammond of Willmar. The gift baskets will be auctioned off Friday at the Holiday Inn and Willmar Conference Center during the annual Save Our Tails fundraiser. The Humane Society is attempting to raise $20,000 for its new shelter. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

With the county's new animal shelter now open, what's next?

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Moving into the new and long-awaited Hawk Creek Animal Shelter last fall was just the beginning. Now the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County is turning its focus to the long-term future of its mission of caring for homeless animals.

There's a critical need to broaden the base of support, both financial and volunteer, to keep the public engaged, said Steve Gardner, president of the Humane Society.

"Our long-term goal is sustainability," he said.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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