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Some Seek Relief From Cold Temps at Salvation Army

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The cold temperatures have some seeking warmth inside the Salvation Army's building on State St.

"We have 87 people who stayed here last night, including 11 children. That's a high number for us," said the Salvation Army's development director Julie Nelson. "The most we've ever had here is 99 people."

"So as we start to approach the 90's we're getting close to full, uncomfortable numbers," she said.

The Salvation Army typically hosts about 70 people a night.

Nelson said the cold weather has also caused the Salvation Army to temporarily re-think its rules.

"Usually, if people are staying at the center overnight they have to be in some type of work program, actively looking for work and they need to be sober every night," Nelson said.

"During the cold, they don't have to be in a work program or looking for a job, and even if they went out drinking last night, as long as they're sober tonight, they can stay here," she said.

The Salvation Army's gymnasium area is open during the day too.

Nelson said it gives locals another option to get out of the cold.

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