Sarah McKenzie

Downtown woman spurs grassroots library fund drive

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Margaret Howes, a devoted library patron and Downtown resident, is modest about the $12 fund-raising campaign library officials credit her with starting last summer.

That's $12, not $12 million.

At a 2003 library meeting, Howes, 76, asked how much it would take if each person chipped in to plug the library's anticipated $4 million 2004 budget cut.

After consulting her calculator, dividing the amount by the city's estimated 382,000 residents, Minneapolis Library Director Kit Hadley replied, "$12."

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