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DULUTH, Minn. - A snowstorm blanketing northern Minnesota has forced a church to cancel its annual lutefisk dinner.

First Lutheran Church in Duluth had planned to hold the fundraising dinner Wednesday. But organizers say it was too risky to ask people to venture out into what could end up being 20 inches of snow by late Wednesday.

The annual salmon, meatball and lutefisk feed usually raises $10,000 for the church's charitable programs.

Volunteers on Tuesday made 1,750 meatballs out of 200 pounds of beef.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the meatballs will be sold to church members Sunday at $5 a dozen. The 550-pound lutefisk order was canceled, and the 390 pounds of donated salmon probably will go to a local charitable meal provider.

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