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United Way to conduct regional business drive on Thursday

WILLMAR -- United Way of West Central Minnesota will conduct a business drive from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday for its 2009 Live United campaign.

During the event, United Way volunteers will visit different businesses to pick up contributions and discuss United Way programs in the area.

United Way of West Central Minnesota recently expanded its territory beyond Kandiyohi County to include the cities of Belgrade, Benson, Bird Island, Brooten, Clara City, Cosmos, Danube, De Graff, Elrosa, Grove City, Lake Henry, Litchfield, Maynard, Olivia and Renville.

United Way of West Central Minnesota funds more than 50 community programs and operates some of its own programs -- the Imagination Library and the Volunteer Center among them.

"This year presents us with new challenges to meet the needs of those in crisis and to continue to help our community as a region grow stronger," Stacey Roberts, executive director of United Way of West Central Minnesota, said in a news release.

Businesses interested in donating to the United Way of West Central Minnesota are encouraged to send donations to United Way or have a volunteer stop by their business Thursday. For more information, call Katie Quitney at 320-235-1050 or e-mail

Volunteers are still needed for the business drive event on Thursday.