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First Lutheran Church Junior Choir performs in concert

First Lutheran Church’s Junior Choir (kindergarten through fifth grade) performed the Christmas program, “The Symbols of Christmas,” on Sunday, with both traditional and contemporary songs. Between the 12 songs, choir members  explained the meaning of Christmas symbols such as the candy cane, wreath, holly and bells. Many solos, duets and trios were sung.

Cindy Schmidke receives help selecting the perfect gift Thursday from volunteer Sarah Haack during the annual United Way Holiday Gifts for Kids. This year’s program had more than 900 gifts provided through community donations. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer