December 1, 2015; 7:21 PM ET
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- This is one check the Salvation Army is counting on to clear.
Salvation Army officials in Minnesota and North Dakota say a couple dropped a $500,000 check into a red kettle outside a Cub Foods in suburban Minneapolis on Saturday.
Spokeswoman Annette Bauer says it's the biggest check ever in the Minneapolis area and likely the biggest ever in the two states.
Bauer says the couple has a history of donations and prefers to remain anonymous. She said they alerted Salvation Army officials that the check was coming and asked them to open the kettle and remove the check before volunteers who count donations could see their names.
Bauer called it "an astonishing gift" and that the division was running about a half-million dollars behind the same point last year.
Rain will spread across much of the Eastern states into the second day of December 2015.
The strongest El Nino in 50 years will unfold this winter and significantly alter the chances for a white Christmas across the country.
World leaders of over 120 United Nations will converge on Paris on Nov. 30, 2015, for the Climate Change Conference.