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Captain Jim Brickson Reaches World Record

Updated: 12/06/2013 11:34 PM
Created: 12/06/2013 7:35 PM KSTP.com

(ABC 6 News) -- Albert Lea Salvation Army Captain Jim Brickson has surpassed 80 hours of bell ringing.  He started Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., and has been going ever since. Brickson was allowed a 5 minute break every hour, and he was able to accumulate those breaks into longer ones.

The competition for the bell ringing world record started with six people across the country.  As of Friday night, only three remain.  Andre Thompson is ringing outside a Walgreens in Tyler, TX.  And Major Butch Soriano is at a Wal-Mart in Colton, CA.

Captain Brickson says he doesn't plan to stop at 80 hours though, and tells us he will keep going as long as he can.

"We're going to beat the record here, and we're going to keep that record here in Minnesota forever," Brickson said.  "So until we get that record in Albert Lea I'm going to keep ringing."

You can watch the live feed here and donate to Captain Brickson's team "Stand Up for Freeborn County" by either visiting him at the Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea or making a donation online at http://www.onlineredkettle.org/freeborn.