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Frugal Farmer Now Being Remembered as Generous

posted on December 16, 2010

LEROY, MN (AP) — A retired farmer had a reputation in his small Minnesota town for being very frugal. So, when checks from his estate arrived at the senior center, fire department, churches and other places in LeRoy following his death, surprise would be an understatement.

94-year-old Loren Krueger spread $3 million around the Mower County community of about 900. Krueger outlived two wives and a son and lived in a simple white house on LeRoy's main street, quietly amassing a fortune.

Checks for more than $400,000 arrived at two local churches. St. Patrick's Catholic Church received about $1 million. The senior center, which was getting by on $600 in county funding each year, got $220,000.

While many in LeRoy tagged Krueger as frugal, now they're remembering him as generous.

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