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Midwest retailer Mills Fleet Farm won't allow Salvation Army bell ringers outside stores
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) ' One Midwestern retailer has decided not to allow Salvation Army bell ringers to collect donations outside its stores.
Mills Fleet Farm Co-President Stewart Mills Jr. tells WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wis., (http://bit.ly/tDrMBD ) that the company fears that allowing the bell ringers could open the floodgates to others who want to use its property.
Company Vice President Stewart Mills III says the retailer's 31 stores are instead giving individual donations to local Salvation Army chapters.
Capt. Brian Goodwill of the Wausau Salvation Army branch said the Fleet Farm stores generated high donations last year. Some shoppers say they will make an effort to give to bell ringers at other stores.
Mills Fleet Farm is based in Brainerd, Minn. It has stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.
Information from: WAOW-TV, http://www.waow.com