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Jim Gelbmann, left, makes a phoned request for donations for "bail money" at a June 18 MDA fundraiser staged at the Woodbury Fire Department. Tonya Holt, right, makes a similar plea. Staff photo by Hank Long

Fundraising keeps school board member from behind bars

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District 833 School Board Member Jim Gelbmann got himself out of fundraising jail Thursday, June 18. His fictional bail-bond money came from some unexpected sources.


Gelbmann, also Minnesota Deputy Secretary of State, has been raising money for the past two months for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Maplewood-Woodbury chapter asked him to participate in the jail scenario and set his "bail" at $1,600.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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