Tricounty News

Buddy Walk and Roll Aug. 14

Arc Midstate will be hosting its 14th annual Buddy Walk and Roll and picnic. The purpose is to promote awareness and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. Come for fun, music, and food.

This will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Sauk Rapids Municipal park, with registration at 5 p.m.

For more information, call at (320) 251-7272, e-mail at info@,
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Children present ‘Good Samaritan’

Sunday, July 14, Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley did a debut of their first “Living Homily.”  Children of the church brought to life the parable of the Good Samaritan. Pictured are the thieves (Alex Haag, Trevyn Ludwig, Skyler Field, and Mallory Evens) attacking and robbing a man (Jack Evens). As the story unfolds the injured man is W-33-Living-homilyignored, snubbed, and left for dead until a Good Samaritan (Alaina Stommes) comes by. With her compassionate kind heart, she attends to his wounds and brings him to an inn for rest and healing. This very moving performance brought home the meaning of loving your neighbor as yourself.


AgVenture Gives awards winner

In this photo, Mary Loch from Ponies & Pals DayCare Center nominated TruHaven Ranch for the AgVenture Gives Contest. W-AgVenture-Donation-1072158 625849557440081 1523096064 oShe is accepting the check from Sandy Hansen along with some of her daycare kids. Submitted photo


Historic Salem Church to host summer picnic

Sunday, Aug. 11, the Historic Salem Church in rural Paynesville is hosting the annual Salem Fest beginning at 12:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned pot-luck picnic. This event has a long-standing tradition with friends and former members gathering to enjoy a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share and your own plates and utensils. Beverages will be provided.

At 2 p.m., the afternoon program will feature special music from the Bethlehem Church Ensemble, led by Brenda
Handel-Johnson. The group often plays at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, and they will be playing and singing some favorite hymns from the past Salem gatherings. All are welcome to join in the afternoon of stories, fellowship, entertainment and hymn singing. The offering will go the Salem Restoration Fund to benefit the continued restoration of the church. After the program, ice cream sundaes will be served.


Pearl Lake Parish Festival

The 2013 festival of Holy Cross Parish was held Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14.W-DSCF0527

The pork chop & fresh sweet corn dinner brings folk from near and far. The air-conditioned gym/cafeteria is a comfortable refuge when it gets a little too warm outdoors. The guys sure know how to grill ’em each year!

There was an abundance of food and drink, naturally.