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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to make stops in SE Minn.

CP's Holiday Train will be visiting cities in southern Minnesota, starting with Rochester on Sunday.

The holiday spirit will be rolling into a train station near you soon.

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is making its 17th annual trip across Canada and the United States this holiday season to raise money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger.

It will stop in Rochester, Austin and Winona in the next week, along with 150 other communities.

Since its first launch in 1999, the program raised more than $10.6 million (Canadian dollars) and 3.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks and shelves, according to the program's website.

There are two traveling trains. One in Canada and the other "the U.S." train which also makes stops in Southern Ontario. Country singers Kira Isabella, Wes Mack and the Doc Walker group will be headlining the U.S. train tour.


During the programs, it's encouraged that donations be made in improving heart health as well as raising awareness and improving education on that subject.

Rochester:Sunday, arrives 1:30 p.m., event from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m., at the end of 16th Avenue NW behind the former Mickey's Irish Pub, next to the Barlow Hy-Vee Grocery Store

Owatonna:Sunday, arrives 4:05 p.m., event from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m., at 1145 Park Drive at the rail crossing.

Waseca:Sunday, arrives 5:45 p.m., event from 6 to 6:30 p.m., at 308 S. State St. & Highway 13

Janesville:Sunday, arrives 7:30 p.m., event from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Park, ​236 Front St.

Austin:Monday, arrives 5 p.m., event from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m., north of Driver’s License Exam Station, 430 10th St. NE.

La Crescent:Tuesday, arrives 8:30 p.m., event from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m., The Commadore Food and Spirit parking lot, 215 South Chestnut St.


Winona:Wednesday, arrives 4 p.m., event from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m., at Amtrak station, ​65 East Mark St.

Wabasha:Wednesday, arrives 6 p.m., from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., at Gambie Avenue railroad crossing by Bruegger Park.

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