Trade candy for cash and support a soldier

Nisswa Smiles will host its seventh annual Halloween Candy Buy Back from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, where trick-or-treaters can bring their excess, unopened candy to the dentist office and receive $1 per pound for up to 5 pounds.

Dr. Luke Waln, a veteran who appreciated the care packages he received while overseas, will then ship the candy in care packages to troops overseas through Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization based in California. Nisswa Smiles will provide paper and writing utensils for anyone who would like to create a letter or card for service members.

An adult must accompany children to the candy buy back event. The child's name will then be entered to win a grand prize.

Nisswa Smiles is at 25477 Main St., in Nisswa, between Rafferty's Pizza and the Totem Pole.

For more information, call 218-963-6330 or visit


“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well," Waln said in a news release. "The practice chose to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back to help parents that want to limit the amount of damage that can be done to their children’s teeth. We want to encourage and teach preventative care to save your smile."

Global sugar consumption for kids currently sits at 50 million tons per year, with children consuming as much as seven times their recommended daily intake, the news release said. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can also lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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