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Phil Pfuehler photo. Jim Foster of River Falls, maker of toy wooden cars, holds a 1930 Model A sedan he built recently. The car happens to be the same as the first real car Foster bought used in 1939 as a 16-year-old old in Mankato, Minn., for $49. "I had that car all through high school," he said. "Too bad I don't have it now. It's probably worth thousands."

Crafting toys for those in need

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For years Jim Foster has made and donated hundreds of small wooden cars for his church's bazaar and for a local Christmas program aimed at needy families. He wants no recognition for these efforts.


"I'm not looking for publicity," said the 89-year-old retiree from River Falls. "I'm just doing my part for people in need and maybe giving them something to put under their Christmas trees that they wouldn't otherwise have had.

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